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1st Clo. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke.
Enter HAMLET and HORATIO, at a distance. 1st Clo. Cudgel thy brains no more about it; for your Jull ass will not mend his pace with beating : and, when you are asked this quesa tion next, say, a grave-maker; the houses that he makes, last. till doomsday. Go, get thee to Yaughan, and fetch me a stoup of liquor.
[ Exit 2nd Clown. 1st Clown digs, and sings. In youth, when I did love, did love, Methought, it was very sweet, To contract, 0, the time, for, ah, my behove
0, methought, there was nothing meet. Ham. Has this fellow no feeling of his business ? he sings at grave-making.
Hor. Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.
That skull had a tongue in it, and could sing once: How the knave jowls it to the ground, as if it were Cain's jaw-bone, that did the first murder! This might be the pate of a politician; one that would circumvent heaven, might it not?
Hor. It might, my lord.
Ham. Did these bones cost no more the breeding, but to play at loggats with them ? mine ache to think on't. There's another : Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddits now, his quillits, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his action of battery? Humph! This fellow might be in's time a great buyer of land, with his statutes, his recognizances, his fines, his double vouchers, his recoveries : Is this the fine of his fines, and the recovery of his recoveries, to have his fine pate full of fine dirt ? will his vouchers vouch him no more of his purchases, and double ones too, than the length and breadth of a pair of indentures? The very conveyances of his lands will hardly lie in his box; and must the inheritor hiruself have no more ! ba?
Hor. Not a jot more, my lord. Ham. I will speak to this fellow :-Whose grave is this, sirrah ? 1st Clo. Mine, sir.0, a pit of clay for to be made,
[Sings. For such a guest is meet. Ham. I think it be thine, indeed; for thou liest in't. 1st Clo. You lie out on't, sir, and therefore it is not yours : for my part, I do not lie in't, yet it is mine.
Ham. Thou dost lie in't, to be in't, and say it is thine : 'tis for the dead, not for the quick; therefore thou liest.
1st Clo. 'Tis a quick.lie, sir; 'twill away again, from me to you
1st Clo. One that was a woman, sir; but, rest her soul, she's dead.
Ham. How absolute the knave is! we must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo ris. By the lord, Horatio, these three years I have taken note of it; the age is grown so picked, that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe. --How long hast thou been a grave-maker ?
1st Clo. Of all the days i' the year, I came to't that day that our last king Hamlet overcame Fortinbras.
Ham. How long's that since? 1st Clo. Cannot you tell that ? every fool can tell that: It was that
very day that young Hamlet was born: he that is mad, and sent into England.
llam. Ay, marry, why was he sent into England ?
1st Clo. Why, because he was mad: he shall recover his wits there; or, if he do not, ’tis no great matter there.
Ist Clo. 'Twill not be seen in him there; there the men are as mad as he.
Ham. How came he mad ?
1st cw. Why, here in Denmark; I have been sexton here, mar and boy, thirty years.
Ham. How long will a man lie i’ the carth ere he rot ?
1st Clo. Why, sir, here's a skull now hath lain you i' the earth three-and-twenty years.
Ham. Whose was it ?
1st Clo. A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! he poured a flagon · of Rhenish on my head once. This same skull, sir, was Yorick's skull, the king's jester. Ham. This ?
[Takes the skull. 1st Clo. E'en that.
Ham. Alas, poor Yorick !—I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of ine finite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols ? your
songs ? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set ine table on a roar? Not one now to mock your own grinning ? quite chapfallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor she must come; make her laugh at ihat.—Pr’ythee, Horatio, tell me one thing.
Hor. What's that; my lord ?
Ham. Dost thou think, Alexander looked o' this fashion ;' the earth ?
Hor. E'en so.
[Throws down the skull. Hor. E'en so, my lord.
Ham. To what base uses we may return, Horaʻio! Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander, till he find it stopping a bung-hole?
Hor. 'Twere to consider too curiously, to consider so?
Ham. No, faith, not a jot; but to follow him thither with modesty enough, and likelihood to lead it: As thus; Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returned to dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam: And why of that loam, whereto. he was converted, might they not stop a beer-barrel ?
Imperious Cæsar, dead, and turn’d to clay,
Should patch a wall to expel the winter's flaw!
Enter Priests, fic., in procession; the corpse of OPHELIA, LAERTES,
and Mourners following : King, Queen, their Trains, frc.
[Retiring with HURATIO. Laer. What ceremony else? Ham.
That is Laertes. A very noble youth: Mark.
Laer. What ceremony else?
i Priest. Her obsequies have been so far enlarg'd
Laer. Must there no more be done ?
No more be done!
We should profane the service of the dead
Lay her i’ the earth,
Hain. What, the fair Ophelia !
Queen. Sweets to the sweet : Farewell : [Scattering flowcra I hop'd, thou should’st have been my Hamlet's wife; I thought, thy bride-bed to have deck'd, sweet maid, And not have strew'd thy grave. Laer.
0, treble woe Fall ten times treble on that cursed head, Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense Depriv'd thee of !-Hold off the earth awhile, Till I have caught her once more in mine arms:
[Leaps into the grave
Ham. (Advancing.] What is he, whose grief
[Leaps into the
The devil take thy soul! (Grappling with him
King. Pluck them asunder.
Good my lord, be quiet.
Queen. O my son! what theme?
Ham. I loved Ophelia ; forty thousand brothers
King. 0, he is mad, Laertes.
Ham. Zounds, show me what thou'lt do:
l'll do't.-Dost thou come here to whine ?
This is mere mauness,
(Exit. King. I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon him.
[ Exit HORATIO. Strengthen your patience in our last night's speech; [TO LAERTES, We'll put the matter to the present push.Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.This grave shall have a living monument: An hour of quiet shortly shall we see ;, Till then, in patience our proceeding be.
[Exeunt. Hamlet has learned the intentions of the King, in sending him to England, and while consulting with Horatio how to act, a messenger comes from Claudius inviting the Prince to a “trial of skill” in fencing, with Laertes ; Hamlet accepts the challenge, and the scene changes to a Hall in the Palace where the court are assembled to witness the
SCENE the last.—A Hall in the Castle. Enter HAMLET, HORATIO, KING, QUEEN, LAERTES, Lords, Osric,
and Attendants with foils, frc. King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand from me.
[The King puts the hand of LAERTES into that of HAMLET,
I am satisfied in nature,