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697 Till the foule crimes done in my dayes of nature1.5.12
1929 trav
697 foule crime] Travers (ed. 1929): Though Hamlet has described his father as an exemplary husband and king, the description, like that in 1571-2, may express the idea that all humans are sinful.
1939 kit2
697 foule crimes] Kittredge (ed. 1939): "We are not to think of Hamlet’s father as a criminal. He is simply expiating the ordinary sins of mortality, which now appear to him in a more serious light than when he was alive. Crime is common in the general sense of ’fault,’ ’sin.’ Cf. [764, 935, 2357]."
1963 Devlin
Devlin: contra Battenhouse
697-707 Devlin (1963, p. 45): "In the ancient descriptions, still current among Elizabethan Catholics, the physical pains of Purgatory were exactly the same as those of Hell, except in point of duration."
1980 pen2
697 foule crimes] Spencer (ed. 1980): “The Ghost does not necessarily imply that he has been particularly wicked, but refers to the common situation of a sinner in this mortal life.”

697 my . . . nature] Spencer (ed. 1980): “this mortal life.”
1982 ard2
ard2: xref
697 crimes] Jenkins (ed. 1982): “The ’imperfections’ of 764. Cf. 2357. We need not suppose that ’crimes’ implies offences of great gravity. Cf. 935.”
1985 cam4
697 foule crimes] Edwards (ed. 1985): "See Hamlet’s reference to his father in the prayer scene [2357], ’with all his crimes broad blown’. In both places the ordinary sinfulness of humanity is meant; in both places the language is strong with revulsion against the poisoner who did not allow King Hamlet the absolution he would have sought at the time of death. For crimes = faults, see [935]."
1988 bev2
bev2: standard
697 crimes] Bevington (ed. 1988): “sins.”
1999 Mallin
697 Mallin (1999, p. 137): “ . . . Hamlet consciously refuses to de-idealize his namesake, despite the ample evidence of the Ghost’s (and thus his father’s) rank corruptions . . . .”
2006 ard3q2
ard3q2: xref
697 foule crimes] Thompson & Taylor (ed. 2006): “As at [761-4] and at [2356-60], the degree of the former King’s sinfulness is perhaps exaggerated to intensify the horror of his dying without the opportunity for confession and absolution.”
2007 ShSt
697 Stegner (2007, p. 117): “While Claudius may have bound King Hamlet to a purgatorial existence ’[t]ill the foul crimes done in [his] days of nature Are burnt and purg’d away,’ political and romantic motivations fueled the murder.”
696 764 935 2357