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CLAUDIUS, King of Denmark.
GERTRUDE, Queen of Denmark, and mother to Hamlet. OPHELIA, daughter to Polonius.
Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, Messengers,
and other Attendants.
Ghost of Hamlet's father.
SCENE I.-Elsinore. A Platform before
FRANCISCO on guard. Enter to him BERNARDO.
He. Fran. You come most carefully upon your
hour. Ber. 'Tis now struck twelve; get thee to bed,
Francisco. Fran. For this relief, niuch thanks : 'tis bitter
Ber. Have you had quiet guard ?
Not a mouse stirring. Ber. Well, good night.
If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS. Fran. I think I hear them.-Stand ! who's
there? Hor. Friends to this ground. Mar.
And liegemen to the Dane. Fran. Give you good night. Mar.
O, farewell, honest soldier : Who hath relieved you ? Fran.
Bernardo hath my place. Give you good night.
Holla! Bernardo ! Ber.
Say. What, is Horatio there? Hor.
A piece of him. Ber. Welcome, Horatio ; welcome,' good
Marcellus. Mar. What, has this thing appear'd again to.
night? Ber. I have seen nothing.
Mar. Horatio says, 'tis but our fantasy ;
Hor. Tush ! tush ! 'twill not appear.
Sit down awhile;
Well, sit we down, And let us hear Bernardo speak of this.