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 1623, 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., warlike, afoot, sunset, Saint Albans, Tewkesbury, Phaethon (instead of war-like, a-foot, sun-set. Saint Alban's, Tewksbury, Phæthon). The words murder, murther, murder'd, murther'd, 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. 11 dangerous F: dangerously
78 It was F: 'Twas
83 that is (that's F): and that's
ii. 38 to F: unto
iv. 25 makes F: make
116 vizard-like F: visor-like
150 passions F: passion
II. i. 55 Hews . . . fells F: Hew . . . fell
83 fires F: fire
84 burns F: burn
170 moe F: more
182 march F: march amain
v. 81 an hundred F: a hundred