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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.
    Hora. I my Lord, and of Calues-skinnes to.
    Ham. They are Sheepe and Calues which seeke out a s s urance in
    that, I wil speak to this fellow. Whose graue's this sirra?
    3310 Clow. Mine sir, or a pit of clay for to be made.
    Ham. I thinke it be thine indeede, for thou lye st in't.
    Clow. You lie out ont sir, and therefore tis not yours; for my part I
    3315 doe not lie in't, yet it is mine.
    Ham. Thou doo st lie in't to be in't & say it is thine, tis for the dead,
    not for the quicke, therefore thou lye st.
    Clow. Tis a quicke lye sir, twill away againe from me to you.
    Ham. What man doo st thou digge it for?
    Clow. For no man sir.
    Ham. What woman then?
    Clow. For none neither.
    3325 Ham. Who is to be buried in't?
    Clow. One that was a woman sir, but re st her soule shee's dead.
    Ham. How absolute the knaue is, we mu st speake by the card, or
    equiuocation will vndoo vs. By the Lord Horatio, this three yeeres I
    3330 haue tooke note of it, the age is growne so picked, that the toe of the
    pesant coms so neere the heele of the Courtier he galls his kybe. How
    long ha st thou been Graue-maker?
    Clow. Of the dayes i'th yere I came too't that day that our la st king
    3335 Hamlet ouercame Fortenbra s s e.
    Ham. How long is that since?
    Clow. Cannot you tell that? euery foole can tell that, it was that
    very day that young Hamlet was borne: hee that is mad and sent into
    3340 Ham. I marry, why was he sent into England?
    Clow. Why because a was mad: a shall recouer his wits there, or if
    a doo not, tis no great matter there.
    Ham. Why?
    Clow. Twill not be seene in him there, there the men are as mad (as hee.
    Ham. How came he mad?
    Clow. Very strangely they say.
    Ham. How strangely?
    Clow. Fayth eene with loo sing his wits.
    3350 Ham. Vpon what ground?
    Clow. Why heere in Denmarke: I haue been Sexten heere man
    and boy thirty yeeres.