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i Clo. To't.
2 Clo. Mass, I cannot well.

Enter Hamlet and Horatio, at a distance. i Clo. Cudgel thy brains no more about it; for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating: and, when you are ask'd this question next, say, a grave-maker; the houses that he makes, last till doomsday. Go, get thee to Yaughan, and fetch me a stoup of liquor.

[Exit 2 Clown.
He digs, and sings.
115 In youth when I did love, did love,

Methought, it was very sweet,
To contract, O, the time, for, ah, my behove

0, methought, there was nothing meet. Ham. Has this fellow no feeling of his business ? he sings at grave-making.

Hor. Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.

Ham. 'Tis e'en so: the hand of little employment hath the daintier sense. i Clo. But age, with his stealing steps,

Hath claw'd me in his clutch,
And hath shipped me into the land,
As if I had never been such.

[Throws up a scull. Ham. That scull had a tongue in it, and could sing once: How the knave jowls it to the ground, as if it

were Cain's jaw-bone, that did the first murder! 116 This might be the pate of a politician, which this ass now o'er-reaches; one that would circumvent God, might it not?

Hor. It might, my lord,

Ham. 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 prais'd my lord such-aone's horse, when he meant to beg it; might it not?

Hor. Ay, my lord.

Ham. Why, e'en so: and now my lady Worm's "7; chapless, and knock'd about the mazzard with a sexton's spade: Here's fine revolution, an we had the trick to see't. Did these bones cost no more the breeding, but to play at loggats 118 with them? mine ache to think on't.

i Clo. A pick-axe, and a spade, a spade, (Sings.

Forand a shrouding sheet : 0, a pit of clay for to be made For such a guest is meet.

[Throws up a scull. Ham. There's another : Why may not that be the scull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddits now 119, his quillets, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his action of battery? Humph! This fellow might be in's time a great buyer of land, with his statutes, his recognizances, his fines, his double vouchers, his

recoveries: Is this the fine of his fines, and the recovery of his recoveries, to have his fine pate full of fine dirt ? will his vouchers vouch him no more of his purchases, and double ones too, than the length and breadth of a pair of indentures ? The very conveyances of his lands will hardly lie in this box; and must the inheritor himself have no more? ha?

Hor. Not a jot more, my lord.
Ham. Is not parchment made of sheep-skins?
Hor. Ay, my lord, and of calves-skins too.

Ham. They are sheep, and calves, which seek out assurance in that. I will speak to this fellow:Whose grave's this, sirrah? i Clo. Mine, sir,

0, a pit of clay for to be made [Sings.

For such a guest is meet. Ham. I think it be thine, indeed; for thou liest in't.

i Clo. You lie out on't, sir, and therefore it is not yours: for my part I do not lie in't, yet it is mine.

Hum. Thou dost lie in't, to be in't, and say it is thine: 'tis for the dead, not for the quick; therefore thou liest.

i Clo. 'Tis a quick lie, sir; 'twill away again, from me to you.

Ham. What man dost thou dig it for ?
i Clo. For no man, sir.
Ham. What woman then ?
i Clo. For none neither.

Ham. Who is to be buried in't?

i Clo. One, that was a woman, sir ; but, rest her soul, she's dead.

Ham. How absolute the knave is! we must speak by the card 120, or equivocation will undo us. By the lord, Horatio, these three years I have taken note of it; the age is grown so picked 12, 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?

i Clo. Of all the days. i'the year, I came to't that day that our last king Hamlet overcame Fortinbras.

Ham. How long's that since ?

i Clo. Cannot you tell that? every fool can tell that: It was that very day that young Hamlet was born : he that is mad, and sent into England.

Ham. Ay, marry, why was he sent into England?

i Clo. Why, because he was mad : he shall recover his wits there; or, if he do not, 'tis no great matter there.

Ham. Why?

i Clo. 'Twill not be seen in him there; there the men are as mad as he.

Ham. How came he mad?
i Clo. Very strangely, they say.
Ham. How strangely?
i Clo. 'Faith, e'en with losing his wits.
Ham. Upon what ground?

i Clo. Why, here in Denmark; I have been sexton here, man, and boy, thirty years.

Ham. How long will a man lie i'the earth ere he rot?

i Clo. 'Faith, if he be not rotten before he die, (as we have many pocky corses now-a-days, that will scarce hold the laying in,) he will last you some eight year, or nine year : a tanner will last you nine year.

Ham. Why he more than another?

i Clo. Why, sir, his hide is so tann’d with his trade, that he will keep out water a great while; and your water is a sore decayer of your whoreson dead body. Here's a scull now hath lain you i'the earth three-andtwenty years.

Ham. Whose was it?

i Clo. A whoreson mad fellow's it was; Whose do you think it was?

Ham. Nay, I know not.

i Clo. A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! he pour'd a flaggon of Rhenish on my head once. This same scull, sir, was Yorick's scull, the king's jester. Ham. This?

[Takes the scull. 1 Clo. E'en that.

Ham. Alas, poor Yorick!-I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorr'd in my imagination it is! my gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips, that I have kiss'd I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come;

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