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Hamlet—Prince of Denmark

 


 

ACT FIRST

 

Scene One

[Elsinore. A Platform of the Castle]

Enter Bernardo and Francisco, two Sentinels.

 

Ber. Who's there?

Fran. Nay, answer me; stand, and unfold yourself.

Ber. Long live the king!

Fran. Bernardo?4

Ber. He.

Fran. You come most carefully upon your hour.

Ber. 'Tis now struck twelve; get thee to bed, Francisco.

Fran. For this relief much thanks; 'tis bitter cold,8
And I am sick at heart.

Ber. Have you had quiet guard?

Fran.Not a mouse stirring.

Ber. Well, good-night.
If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,12
The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

Enter Horatio and Marcellus.

Fran. I think I hear them. Stand, ho! Who's there?

Hor. Friends to this ground.

Mar.And liegemen to the Dane.

Fran. Give you good-night.

Mar.O! farewell, honest soldier:16


S. d. Platform: level space on castle ramparts
3 Long . . . king!; cf. n.
13 rivals: partners
15 Friends . . . Dane; cf. n.
16 Give you: God give you