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Enter two Clowns, with spades, etc.
2 Clown. I tell thee she is; and therefore make her grave muchaty straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it Christian
i Clown. How can that be, unless she drowned herself in
2 Clown. Why, 't is found so.
in a verdict of injust if cable hooned
here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act, and an act hath three branches; it is, to act, to do, and to perform : argal, she drowned herself wittingly. ergo 12
2 Clown. Nay, but hear you, goodman delver,
i Clown. Give me leave. Here lies the water; good: Duet wicca. here stands the man; good: if the man go to this water, wennent. 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.
2 Clown. But is this law ?
2 Clown. Will you ha' the truth on 't? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out o' 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-Christian.—Come, feelian. my spade. There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, cm ditchers, and grave-makers; they hold up Adam's profession.
keeper, maintaga 2 Clown. Was he a gentleman ? 1 Clown. He was the first that ever bore arms. 2 Clown. Why, he had none.
I Clown. What, art a heathen? How dost thou understand the Scripture? The Scripture says ‘Adam digged;' could he dig without arms? I 'll put another question to thee; if thou answerest me not to the purpose, confess thyself
2 Clown. Go to.
I Clown. What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?
42 2 Clown. The gallows - maker; for that frame outlives a thousand tenants.
i 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 gallows may do well to thee. To't again, come.
2 Clown. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?
I Clown. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke. quit work. ezek op 2 Clown. Marry, now I can tell. I Clown. To 't. 2 Clown. Mass, I cannot tell.
Enter HAMLET and HORATIO, at a distance. i Clown. Cudgel thy brains no more about it, for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating; and when you are asked this question next, say'a grave-maker: the houses that he makes last till doomsday. Go, get thee to Yaughan; fetch me a stoup of liquor.
[Exit 2 Clown. driubang cuf.
[He digs, and sings.
Methought it was very sweet,
O, methought, there was nothing meet.
a farticular quakty (Sele Horatio, Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.
eas perfecty is way feantainty Hamlet. 'T is e'en so; the hand of little employment hath the daintier sense. Buin hurre delcase. This remark is I Clown. [Sings] without alten hain bene mehad, mer
But age, with his stealing steps, e
Hath claw'd me in his clutch,
[Throws up a skull. Ilamlet. That skull had a tongue in it, and could sing
one toratio. 107 of a
once ; how the knave jowls it to the ground, as if it were buruko
Horatio. It might, my lord.
Hamlet. Or of a courtier, which could say "Good morrow, sweet lord! How dost thou, good lord ?' This might be my lord such-a-one, that praised my lord such-a-one's horse, when he meant to beg it, might it not?
Horatio. Ay, my lord.
Hamlet. Why, e’en so; and now my Lady Worm's, chapless, and knocked about the mazzard with a sexton's spade; serce here 's fine revolution, an we had the trick to see 't. Did a
i head in
a entlauf these bones cost no more the breeding, but to play at log- lama. gats with 'em ? mine ache to think on 't.
[Throws up another skull.
This fellow might be in 's time a great buyer of land, with his au acument Meased Teena, statutes, his recognizances, his fines, his double vouchers, two witvenesca vetehis recoveries ; is this the fine of his fines, and the recovery the luce
of his recoveries, to have his fine pate full of fine dirt ? will at leas fuerto
Horatio. Not a jot more, my lord.
Hamlet. Is not parchment made of sheep-skins?
Hamlet. They are sheep and calves which seek out as-
For such a guest is meet.
i Clown. You lie out on ’t, sir, and therefore it is not yours; for my part, I do not lie in 't, and yet it is mine.
Hamlet. Thou dost lie in 't, to be in 't and say it is thine; 't is for the dead, not for the quick: therefore thou liest. live
1 Clown. 'T is a quick lie, sir ; 't will away again, from me to you.
Hamlet. What man dost thou dig it for?
i Clown. One that was a woman, sir; but, rest her soul, she 's dead.
129 fuzeteve, cutia Hamlet. How absolute the knave is! we must speak by
the card, or equivocation will undo us. By the Lord, Hora
tio, these three years I have taken a note of it; the age is refired 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 ?
chillblain. I Clown. Of all the days i' the year, I came to 't that day that our last king Hamlet overcame Fortinbras.
Hamlet. How long is that since ?
I Clown. Cannot you tell that? every fool can tell that: it was the very day that young Hamlet was born; he that is mad, and sent into England.
141 Hamlet. Ay, marry, why was he sent into England ?