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To Be or Not to Be: Three Versions


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  • FIRST ('BAD') QUARTO

    Ham.
    814: To be, or not to be, I there's the point,
    815: To Die, to sleepe, is that all? I all:
    816: No, to sleepe, to dreame, I mary there it goes,
    817: For in that dreame of death, when wee awake,
    818: And borne before an euerlasting Iudge,
    819: From whence no passenger euer retur'nd,
    820: The vndiscouered country, at whose sight
    821: The happy smile, and the accursed damn'd.
    822: But for this, the ioyfull hope of this,
    823: Whol'd beare the scornes and flattery of the world,
    824: Scorned by the right rich, the rich curssed of the poore?
    825: The widow being oppressed, the orphan wrong'd,
    826: The taste of hunger, or a tirants raigne,
    827: And thousand more calamities besides,
    828: To grunt and sweate vnder this weary life,
    829: When that he may his full Quietus make,
    830: With a bare bodkin, who would this indure,
    831: But for a hope of something after death?
    832: Which pusles the braine, and doth confound the sence,
    833: Which makes vs rather beare those euilles we haue,
    834: Than flie to others that we know not of.
    835: I that, O this conscience makes cowardes of vs all,
    836: Lady in thy orizons, be all my sinnes remembred.

    QUARTO 2

    Ham.
    1603: To be, or not to be, that is the question,
    1604: Whether tis nobler in the minde to suffer
    1605: The slings and arrowes of outragious fortune,
    1606: Or to take Armes against a sea of troubles,
    1607: And by opposing, end them, to die to sleepe
    1608: No more, and by a sleepe, to say we end
    1609: The hart-ake, and the thousand naturall shocks
    1610: That flesh is heire to; tis a consumation
    1611: Deuoutly to be wisht to die to sleepe,
    1612: To sleepe, perchance to dreame, I there's the rub,
    1613: For in that sleepe of death what dreames may come
    1614: When we haue shuffled off this mortall coyle
    1615: Must giue vs pause, there's the respect
    1616: That makes calamitie of so long life:
    1617: For who would beare the whips and scornes of time,
    1618: Th'oppressors wrong, the proude mans contumely,
    1619: The pangs of despiz'd loue, the lawes delay,
    1620: The insolence of office, and the spurnes
    1621: That patient merrit of th'vnworthy takes,
    1622: When he himselfe might his quietas make
    1623: With a bare bodkin; who would fardels beare,
    1624: To grunt and sweat vnder a wearie life,
    1625: But that the dread of something after death,
    1626: The vndiscouer'd country, from whose borne
    1627: No trauiler returnes, puzzels the will,
    1628: And makes vs rather beare those ills we haue,
    1629: Then flie to others that we know not of.
    1630: Thus conscience dooes make cowards,
    1631: And thus the natiue hiew of resolution
    1632: Is sickled ore with the pale cast of thought,
    1633: And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
    1634: With this regard theyr currents turne awry,
    1635: And loose the name of action. Soft you now,
    1636: The faire Ophelia, Nimph in thy orizons
    1637: Be all my sinnes remembred.

    FIRST FOLIO

    Ham.
    1710: To be, or not to be, that is the Question:
    1711: Whether 'tis Nobler in the minde to suffer
    1712: The Slings and Arrowes of outragious Fortune,
    1713: Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles,
    1714: And by opposing end them: to dye, to sleepe
    1715: No more; and by a sleepe, to say we end
    1716: The Heart-ake, and the thousand Naturall shockes
    1717: That Flesh is heyre too? 'Tis a consummation
    1718: Deuoutly to be wish'd. To dye to sleepe,
    1719: To sleepe, perchance to Dreame; I, there's the rub,
    1720: For in that sleepe of death, what dreames may come,
    1721: When we haue shuffel'd off this mortall coile,
    1722: Must giue vs pawse. There's the respect
    1723: That makes Calamity of so long life:
    1724: For who would beare the Whips and Scornes of time,
    1725: The Oppressors wrong, the poore mans Contumely,
    1726: The pangs of dispriz'd Loue, the Lawes delay,
    1727: The insolence of Office, and the Spurnes
    1728: That patient merit of the vnworthy takes,
    1729: When he himselfe might his Quietus make
    1730: With a bare Bodkin? Who would these Fardles beare
    1731: To grunt and sweat vnder a weary life,
    1732: But that the dread of something after death,
    1733: The vndiscouered Countrey, from whose Borne
    1734: No Traueller returnes, Puzels the will,
    1735: And makes vs rather beare those illes we haue,
    1736: Then flye to others that we know not of.
    1737: Thus Conscience does make Cowards of vs all,
    1738: And thus the Natiue hew of Resolution
    1739: Is sicklied o're, with the pale cast of Thought,
    1740: And enterprizes of great pith and moment,
    1741: With this regard their Currants turne away,
    1742: And loose the name of Action. Soft you now,
    1743: The faire Ophelia? Nimph, in thy Orizons
    1744: Be all my sinnes remembred.

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