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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Protest
 
Queen.  The lady protests too much, methinks.
Hamlet.  O, but she’ll keep her word!
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. In the Players’ Scene.
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  [The first folio, 1603, gives the first line as above, and Knight and Dyce follow it; but the second quarto, 1609 has—
  “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”]
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