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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    Ergo I am guiltie of my owne death:
    3208.1Y'are gone, goe y'are gone sir.
    2. I but see, she hath christian buriall,
    Because she is a great woman.
    3215Clowne Mary more's the pitty, that great folke
    Should haue more authoritie to hang or drowne
    Themselues, more than other people:
    Goe fetch me a stope of drinke, but before thou
    3230Goest, tell me one thing, who buildes strongest,
    Of a Mason, a Shipwright, or a Carpenter?
    3231.12. Why a Mason, for he buildes all of stone,
    And will indure long.
    Clowne That's prety, too't agen, too't agen.
    2. Why then a Carpenter, for he buildes the gallowes,
    3232.1And that brings many a one to his long home.
    Clowne Prety agen, the gallowes doth well, mary howe
    3235dooes it well? the gallowes dooes well to them that doe ill,
    goe get thee gone:
    And if any one aske thee hereafter, say,
    A Graue-maker, for the houses he buildes
    Last till Doomes-day. Fetch me a stope of beere, goe.

    3245 Enter Hamlet and Horatio.
    3285Clowne A picke-axe and a spade,
    A spade for and a winding sheete,
    Most fit it is, for t'will be made, he throwes vp a shouel.
    For such a ghest most meete.
    Ham. Hath this fellow any feeling of himselfe,
    That is thus merry in making of a graue?
    See how the slaue joles their heads against the earth.
    Hor. My lord, Custome hath made it in him seeme no- (thing.
    Clowne A pick-axe and a spade, a spade,
    For and a winding sheete,
    Most fit it is for to be made,
    For such a ghest most meet.
    Ham. Looke you, there's another Horatio.