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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    3205 man, good, if the man goe to this water & drowne himselfe, it is will
    he, nill he, he goes, marke you that, but if the water come to him, &
    drowne him, he drownes not himselfe, argall, he that is not guilty of
    his owne death, shortens not his owne life.
    3210 Other. But is this law?
    Clowne. I marry i' st, Crowners que st law.
    Other. Will you ha the truth an't, if this had not beene a gentlewo-
    man, she should haue been buried out a chri stian buriall.
    3215 Clowne. Why there thou say st, and the more pitty that great folke
    should haue countnaunce in this world to drowne or hang thēselues,
    more then theyr euen Chri sten: Come my spade, there is no aunci-
    ent gentlemen but Gardners, Ditchers, and Grauemakers, they hold
    vp Adams profe s sion.
    Other. Was he a gentleman?
    Clowne. A was the fir st that euer bore Armes.
    Ile put another que stion to thee, if thou answere st me not to the pur-
    pose, confe s s e thy selfe.
    Other. Goe to.
    3230 Clow. What is he that builds stronger then eyther the Mason, the
    Shypwright, or the Carpenter.
    Other. The gallowes maker, for that out-liues a thousand tenants.
    Clowne. I like thy wit well in good fayth, the gallowes dooes well,
    3235 but howe dooes it well? It dooes well to those that do ill, nowe thou
    doo st ill to say the gallowes is built stronger then the Church, argall,
    the gallowes may doo well to thee. Too't againe, come.
    Other. VVho buildes stronger then a Mason, a Shipwright, or a
    3240 Carpenter.
    Clowne. I, tell me that and vnyoke.
    Other. Marry now I can tell.
    Clowne. Too't.
    Other. Ma s s e I cannot tell.
    Clow. Cudgell thy braines no more about it, for your dull a s s e wil
    not mend his pace with beating, and when you are askt this que stion
    next, say a graue-maker, the houses hee makes la sts till Doomesday.
    Goe get thee in, and fetch mee a soope of liquer.
    In youth when I did loue did loue, Song.
    Me thought it was very sweet
    To contract ô the time for a my behoue,
    3255 O me thought there a was nothing a meet.
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