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2 Clo. Why, 'tis found so. 1 Clo. It must be se offendendo; it cannot be else. For here lies the point: If I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act: and an act hath three branches; it is, to act, to do, and to perform : Argal, she drowned herself wittingly. - 2 Clo. Nay, but hear you, goodman delver. 1 Clo. Give me leave. Here lies the water; good: here stands the man; good: If the man go to this water, and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes; mark you that: but if the water come to him, and drown him, he drowns not himself: Argal, he, that is not guilty of his own death, shortens not his own life. 2 Clo. But is this law 1 Clo. Ay, marry is't ; crowner's-quest law. 2 Clo. Will you ha’ the truth on't! If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out of christian burial. 1 Clo. Why, there thou say'st: And the more pity; that great folks shall have countenance in this world to drown or hang themselves, more than their even christian. Come, my spade. There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers, and gravemakers; they hold up Adam's profession. 2 Clo. Was he agentleman? 1 Clo. He was the first that ever bore arms. 2. Clo. Why, he had none. I Clo. What, art a heathen How dost thou understand the scripture ? The scripture says, Adam
digged; Could he dig without arms? I'll put another question to thee : if thou answerest me not to the purpose, confess thyself 2 Clo. Go to. 1 Clo. What is he, that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter? 2 Clo. The gallows-maker; for that frame outlives a thousand tenants. 1 Clo. I like thy wit well, in good faith; the gallows does well : But how does it well? it does well to those that do ill: now thou dostill, to say, the gallows is built stronger than the church; argal, the gallows may do well to thee. To't again; come. 2 Clo. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter 1 Clo. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke." 2 Clo. Marry, now I can tell. 1 Clo. To't. 2 Clo. Mass, I cannot tell.
Enter HAM LET and Ho RATIo, at a distance.
1. Clo. Cudgel thy brains no more about it; for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating: and, when you are asked 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. [Erit 2 Clown, 1 Clown digs, and sings.
6 Give over.
In youth, when I did love, did love,"
To contract, O, the time, for, ah, my behove
Ham. Has this fellow no feeling of his business? he sings at grave-making. Hor. Custom hath made it in him a property of easlil CSS. Ham. 'Tis e'en so: the hand of little employment hath the daintier sense. 1 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 This might be the pate of a politician, which this ass now o'er-reaches; one that would circumvent God, might it not?
IIor. It might, my lord. -
Ham. Or of a courtier; which could say, Goodmorrow, sweet lord / How dost thou, good lord? This might be my lord such-a-one, that praised my lord such-a-one's horse, when he meant to beg it; migh' it not?
Hor. Ay, my lord.
7 The song entire is printed in Percy's Reliques of ancient English Poetry, Vol. I. it was written by Lord Vaux.
Ham. Why, een so; and now my lady Worm's ; chapless, and knocked 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” with them 2 mine ache to think on't. 1 Clo. A pick-are, and a spade, a spade, [Sings. For—and a shrouding sheet: O, 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 9 now, 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?
7 An ancient game played as quoits are at present. S Subtilties. 9 Frivolous distinctions. 1 Head.
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 1 Clo. Mine, sir.— O, a pit of clay for to be made [Sing3. For such a guest is meet. Ham. I think it be thine, indeed; for thou liest in’t. * 1 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. Ham. 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. 1 Clo. 'Tis a quick lie, sir; 'twill away again, from me to you. Ham. What man dost thou dig it for 2 1 Clo. For no man, sir. IIam. What woman then 2 1 Clo. For none neither. Ham. Who is to be buried in't 3 1 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,” or equivocation will undo us. By the lord, Horatio, these three years I have taken note of it; the age is grown so picked,” that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he
* By the compass, or chart of direction. 3 Spruce, affected.