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CLAUDIU S, King of Denmark.
Fortinbras, Prince of Norway.
Hamlet, Son to the former, and Nephew to the present King:
Polonius, Lord Chamberlain.
Horatio, Friend to Hamlet.
Laertes, Son to Polonius.
Voltimand,
Cornelias,

s Courtiers.
Rosencrantz,
Guildenstern,
Ofrick, a Fop.
Marcellus, an Officer.

Bernardo,

} two Soldiers.

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Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, and Mother to Hamlet:
Ophelia, Daughter to Polonius, beloved by Hamlet.
Ladies attending on the Queen.
Players, Grave-makers, Sailors, Mesengers, and other Attendantsi

SCENE, Ellinoor.

HAMLET. (1)

.. A CT I.
SCENE, a Platform before the Palace.

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Fran. Bernardo?
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
And I am sick at heart.

[cold, Ber. Have you had quiet guard? Fran. Not a mouse stirring.

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

Enter HORAT 10 and MARCELLUS.
Fran, I think I hear them. Stand, ho! who is
Hor. Friends to this ground.

[there? Mlur. And liege-men to the Dane. Fran. Give you good night.

Mar. Oh, farewel, honelt foldier; who hath rea lieved you? · Fran. Bernardo has my place; give you good night.

[Exit Francisco, Mar. Holla! Bernardo.

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