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The Text of the Present Edition

The text of the present volume is, by permission of the Oxford University Press, that of the Oxford Shakespeare, edited by the late W. J. Craig. Craig's text has been carefully collated with the Shakespeare Folio of 1628, and the following deviations have been introduced:

1. The stage directions of the Folio have been restored. Necessary words and directions, omitted by the Folio, are added within square brackets.

2. Punctuation and spelling have been normalized to accord with modern English practice; e.g., yclad, warlike, housekeeping, Saint Albans, villainies (instead of y-clad, war-like, house-keeping, Saint Alban's, villanies). The words murder, murther, murderer, murtherer, burden, burthen, etc., have not been normalized, the actual form employed by the Folio being in each case retained.

3. The following changes of text have been introduced, usually in accordance with Folio authority. The readings of the present edition precede the colon, while Craig's readings follow it.

I. i. 137 ye F: you

193 Hath F: Have

iii. 46 fashion in (Fashions in F): fashion of

54 a-tilt F: a tilt

153 needs F: can need

188 an F: a

iv. 9 of an F: of

35 fates await F: fate awaits

51 threatest where's F: threat'st where is

77 goes F: go

II. i. 15 he would F: he'd

42 and if F: an if

47 ye F: you

91 Simon (Symon F); Simpcox

107 Saint Albans (Saint Albones F): Saint Alban

172 under ground F: under-ground

iii. 30 realm F: helm

iv. 88 Trowest F: Trow'st

89 enjoys F: enjoy

III. i. 10 And F: An

98 Suffolk F: Suffolk's duke

117 dis-pursed F: disbursed

328 Bristow F: Bristol

342 an host F: a host

ii. 147 earthy F: earthly

286 far-unworthy F: far unworthy

318 Mine hair be fix'd an end F: My hair be fix'd on end

327 consort F: concert

392 cradle-babe F: cradle babe

408 corrosive F: corsive

IV. 1. 22 Be F: Cannot be

48 sometime: sometimes

77 shalt: shall F

117 Pene (Pine F) gelidus . . . it is F: Gelidus . . . 'tis

ii. 115 a honest F: an honest

179 an eunuch F: a eunuch

vi. 11 ye F: you

vii. 52 in F: on

viii. 60 an hundred F: a hundred

x. 1 ambitions F: ambition

56 for words F: for more words

66 I'ld (I'de F): I'll

V. i. 21 Should F: Shouldst

118 of F: for

149, 210 bearard (Berard, Bearard F): bear-ward

ii. 3 alarum F: alarm