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I ha’t :
When in your motion you are hot and dry
(As make your bouts more violent to that end),
And that he calls for drink, I'll have prepar'd him
A chalice for the nonce; whereon but sipping,
If he by chance escape your venom'd stuck, 660
Our purpose may hold there. But stay, what noise r
How now, sweet queen?
Queen. One woe doth tread upon another's heel,
So fast they follow:—Your sister's drown'd, Laertes.
Laer. Drown'd! O, where?
guean. There is a willow grows ascaunt the brook,
That shews his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
Therewith fantastic garlands did she make,
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples,
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name, 672
But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them :
There on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies, and herself,
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, a while they bore her up ;
which time, she chaunted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indu'd
Unto that element: but long it could not be, 682
'Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her niclodious lay
To muddy death.
Laer. Alas then, is she drown'd?
Queen. Drown'd, drown'd.
Laer. Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia,
And therefore I forbid my tears: But yet
It is our trick; nature her custom holds,
Let shame say what it will ; when these are gone, ,
The woman will be out.—Adieu, my lord 690
I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze,
But that this folly drowns it. - - [Exit.
King. Let's follow, Gertrude :
How much I had to do to calm his rage!
Now fear I, this will give it start again;
Therefore, let's follow. [Exeunt.
. A Church-Yard. Enter two Clowns, with Spades, &c.
Is she to be bury'd in Christian burial, that wilfully
seeks her own salvation
2 Clown. I tell thee, she is; therefore, make her
grave straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and
finds it Christian burial. -
1 Clown. How can that be, unless she drown'd her-
self in her own defence
2 Clown. Why, 'tis found so. -
1 Clown. It must be se offendendo; it cannot be else.
For here lies the point: If I drown myself wittingly,
it argues an act: and an ačt hath three branches; it
is, to act, to do, and to perform : Argal, she drown'd
herself wittingly. - - 13
2 Clown. Nay, but hear you, goodman delver.
1 Clown. Give me leave. Here, lies the water;
good: here stands the man; good : If the man go
to this water, and drown himself, it is, will he, nill
he, he goes; mark you that : but if the water come
to him, and drown him, he drowns not himself:
Argal, he, that is not guilty of his own-death,
shortens not his own life. :
a Clown. But is this law “2g
1 Clown. Ay, marry is't ; crowner's-quest law.
2 Clown. Will you ha’ the truth on't If this had
not been agentlewoman, she should have been bury'd
out of Christian burial.
1 Clown. Why, there thou say'st: And the more
pity; that great folk should have countenance in this
world to drown or hang themselves, more than their
even Chrtistian. Come; my spade. There is no an-
cient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers, and grave-
makers; they hold up Adam's profession. 32
a Clown. Was he agentleman .
1 Clown. He was the first that ever bore arms.
a Clown. Why, he had none.
1 Clown. What, art a heathen How dost thou
aunderstand the scripture ? The scripture says, Adam
digg'd; Could he dig without arms I’ll put another
question to thee: if thou answer'st me not to the
Purpose, confess thyself— - 4o
M 2 Clown.
2 Clown. Goto. 1 Clown. What is he, that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter? 2 Clown. The gallows-maker; for that frame outlives a thousand tenants. - : 1 Clown. I like thy wit well, in good faith; the gallows does well: But how does it well ? it does well to those that do ill; now thou dost ill, to say, the gallows is built stronger than the church; argal, the ġallows may do well to thee. To’t again; come. 2 Clown. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter 52 1 Clown. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke. 2 Clown. Marry, now I can tell. 1 Clown. To't. 2 Clown. Mass, I cannot tell. t Enter HAMLET, and HoRATIo, at a Distance, 2 1 Clown. Cudgel thylbrains no more about it; för your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating: and, when you are ask'd this question next, say, a grave-maker; the houses that he makes, last ’till doomsday. Go, get thee to Yaughan, and fetch the a stoup of liquor. (Exit 2 Clewn. , 62
In youth, when I did love, did love, *
Methought it was very sweet, n
To tontraël, 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. - 7o
Ham. 'Tis e'en so : the hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.
But age, with his stealing steps,
Hath claw'd me in his clutch,
And hath shipped me into the land,
As if I had never been such.
Ham. That scull 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, which this ass now o'er-reaches; one that would circumvent God, might it not 82. Hor. It might, my lord. Ham. Or of a courtier; which could say, Goodmorrow, sweet lord / How dost thou, good lord? This might be my lord such-a-one, that prais'd my lord such-a-one's horse, when he meant to beg it j might it not Hor. Ay, my lord. 89 Ham. Why, e'en so : and now my lady worm’s ; chapless, and knock'd about the mazzard with a sexton's spade : Here's fine revolution, an we had the trick to see’t. Did these bones cost no more the M 2 breeding,