Shakespeare/Hamlet Definitive Text Question
I've heard there's no definitive text for Hamlet because different versions were published? Not super clear on that, but anyway, what I am wondering is whether there are sections of the play that are definitely the same across the board. Specifically the "Rogue and Peasant Slave" soliloquy. Are there variances there? I am wondering because I am using a quote for something, and I want to make sure I get it right. Most places I have found say, "He would drown the stage with tears," but I've heard it performed as "Drown the stage in tears". Are both considered acceptable? Thanks!
First Folio: "He would drowne the Stage in teares,"
Arden Version: "He would drown the stage with tears,"
There are many other versions: Oxford, Pelican etc.,
Any will work. Just make sure you cite the version you are working with.
I do not think there is a material difference between in and with.
I'll let you know if I find something useful.