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CLAUDIUS: KING OF DENMARK.
HAMLET: SON TO THE LATE, AND NEPHEW TO THE
POLONIUS: LORD CHAMBERLAIN.
HORATIO: FRIEND TO HAMLET.
LAERTES: SON TO POLONIUS.
GERTRUDE: QUEEN OF DENMARK, AND MOTHER TO HAMLET.
OPHELIA: DAUGHTER TO POLONIUS.
LORDS, LADIES, OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, SAilors,
GHOST OF HAMLET'S FATHER.
THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK
SCENE I. Elsinore. A Platform before the Castle.
FRANCISCO at his post. Enter to him BERNARDO.
BERN. Who's there?
FRAN. Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold yourself.
FRAN. You come most carefully upon your hour.
BERN. "Tis now struck twelve; get thee to bed, Fran
FRAN. For this relief much thanks: 'tis bitter cold,
And I am sick at heart.
BERN. Have you had quiet guard?
BERN. Well, good night.
If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
Not a mouse stirring.
The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.
Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS.
HORA. Friends to this ground.
Who hath reliev'd you?
Give you good night.
And liegemen to the Dane.
O, farewell, honest Soldier:
Bernardo has my place.
And let us hear Bernardo speak of this.
When yond same Star that's westward from the Pole
MARC. Peace, break thee off; look, where it comes again!
1 confirm the evidence of our eyes.
Enter the Ghost.
BERN. In the same figure, like the King that's dead.
Question it, Horatio. HORA. What art thou, that usurp'st this time of night, Together with that fair and warlike form
In which the Majesty of buried Denmark
Did sometimes march? by Heaven I charge thee, speak!