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

    Copyright Internet Shakespeare Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-proift purposes; for all other uses contact the Coordinating Editor.
    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 assurance in
    that, I wil speak to this fellow. Whose graue's this sirra?
    3310Clow. Mine sir, or a pit of clay for to be made.
    Ham. I thinke it be thine indeede, for thou lyest in't.
    Clow. You lie out ont sir, and therefore tis not yours; for my part I
    3315doe not lie in't, yet it is mine.
    Ham. Thou doost lie in't to be in't & say it is thine, tis for the dead,
    not for the quicke, therefore thou lyest.
    Clow. Tis a quicke lye sir, twill away againe from me to you.
    Ham. What man doost thou digge it for?
    Clow. For no man sir.
    Ham. What woman then?
    Clow. For none neither.
    3325Ham. Who is to be buried in't?
    Clow. One that was a woman sir, but rest her soule shee's dead.
    Ham. How absolute the knaue is, we must speake by the card, or
    equiuocation will vndoo vs. By the Lord Horatio, this three yeeres I
    3330haue 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 hast thou been Graue-maker?
    Clow. Of the dayes i'th yere I came too't that day that our last king
    3335Hamlet ouercame Fortenbrasse.
    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
    3340Ham. 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 loosing his wits.
    3350Ham. Vpon what ground?
    Clow. Why heere in Denmarke: I haue been Sexten heere man
    and boy thirty yeeres.