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1 Clown. It must be f fe 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 drown'd herself wittingly

2 Clown. Nay, but hear you, good-man Delver.

i Clown. Give me leave; k here lies the water; good : here stands the man; good. If the man go to this water, and drown m himself, it is, will he, nill he, he you that? But if the water coine 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 Clown. But is this law?
i Clown. Ay, marry is't, crowner's quest-law.

2 Clown. Will you ha' the truthan't? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out o' christian burial.

i Clown. Why, there thou say'st. And the more pity, that great folk should have countenance in this world to droin or hang themselves, more than their even christian, Come; my spade P. There is no ancient gentlemen but

1 The qu's read so offended.

m The ift f. himsele. & The fo's, R. and Pi's q. read, It is n So the qu's; an't is the clownish en act 10 do, and to perform, &c. pronunciation of on't, and should stand h The qu's omit and.

so; but all other editions alter it to i The qu's read or all, instead of Ar- op't. gal; this plainly appears to be an error 0 —even cbriftian.] An old Englise of the press; for this clown in his next expression for fellow christians. Dr. Speech sums

up his argument again with Thirlby. W.-R. reads, more than oibur @rgal for ergo, and the qu's there read cbriftians ; followed by P. T. and H. ergell.

p Here C. gives direction, Strips, and * Before bere, 7. inserts, Clown, falls to digging ! The 3d f. reads, bis water.


gardeners, ditchers, and grave-makers; they hold up Adam's

2 Clown. Was he a gentleman ?
I Clown. 9 He was the first that ever bore arms,
"2 Clown. Why he had none.

1 Clown. What, art a heathen? How dost thou understand the scripture ? the scripture says, Adam digg’d; could he dig without arms? I'll put another question to thee; if thou anfwereft me not to the purpose, confess thyself

2 Clown. Go to.

i Clown. What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter ?

2 Clown. The gallows-maker; for ' that out-lives a thoufand tenants,

i Clown. 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 dost ill, to say the gallows is built stronger than the church; argal, the gallows may do well to thee. To't again, come.


2 Clown. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter ?

i Clown. Ay, tell me that, and " unyoke.
2 Clown. Marry, now I can tell,
1 Clown. To't.
2 Clown. Mass, I cannot tell,


7 What is in italic here, is not in the here, as it is a clown's speech; besides,

Sbakespeare would have hardly pur such s W. omits not,

a word as frame in the sense here used, + So the qu's; the rest read that frame into the mouth of a clown. outlives, c. Frame was put in (I sup u i. e. when you have done that, I'll pose) to make it grammar: but there trouble you no more with these riddles. seems to be no necessity of grammar The phrase taken from hubandry. W.


Enter Hamlet and Horatio, at a distance. i Clown. 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 houscs he makes, y last 2 till doons-day. Go, * get thee in, and fetch me a foope of liquor.

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

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

0, methought there, 'a, was nothing, ' a, meet.

Ham. Has this fellow no feeling of his business ? he sings in grave-making !

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

Ham. 'Tis e'en so. The hand of little employment hath the i daintier sense.

• The qu's make Hamlet and Horatio d This direction put in by R. enter after the first stapza of the clown's c The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's omit time. song.

f All but the qu's omit these a's; * The fo's and R. read, tbe bouses which are no part of the song, but only that be makes, & C.

the breath forced out by the Arokes of y First q. and three Ist fo's, lafts. the mattock. H, W. . and C. read % Second q. tell.

so meet. a Instead of get thee in, the fo's, R. & So the qu's and C; all the reft read, and the after-editors read, get ibee to Has this fellos no feeling of bis bufiness, Yaug ban.

that be fings at grave-making? b The fo's, R. P. and H. omit and, h T. P.'s duodecimo, W. and j. read,

© The qu's read foope, which is the to bim, &c. clownish pronunciation of sup. The i The ift q. reads dintier. fo's and the rest, soup or foap.


Clown sings.
But age with his stealing feps,

Hath 1 claw'd me in his clutch :
And m hath jipped me " into o the land

As if p I had never been such.
Ham. That skull had a tongue in it, and could sing once :
How the knave jowles it to the ground, as if 'twere Cain's
jaw-bone, that did the first murther! . 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, my lord; how dost thou, "sweet lord : This might be my lord * such-a-one, that prais’d my lord such-a-one's horse, when he ? meant to beg it; might it not?

Hor. Ay, my lord.


k This ftanza is evidently corrupted; This. for it wants what is found in the other All but the qu's and C. omit nie. two, an alternate rhyme. We may read s All but the qu's and C. read o'er. thus till something better occur : offices; but o'er-reaches seems preferable, But age, witb bis stealing sand, when applied to a politician, not as an

Harb claw'd me in obe clutcb: infolent officer, but as a circumventing, And bath thifted me into his land, scheming man.

As though I bad never been sucb. J. + The fo's, R. P. and H, read could. ! The fo's and R. read caught me. u So the 2d and 3d qu's; the ift q. m C. omits barb.

and all the other editions read swet n The fo's and R. read intill the land, lord. H. and W. read bis instead of tbe. w So the qu's and C; all the reit read

p The 3d and 4th fo's, and R. read, goed lord. as if I never bad, &c. P. and H. as if * H. and y. read fucb-a-one's. I ne'er bad, &c.

y Qu's, a for be. The fo's and R, read It inftead of % The ist g. reads went for meante



Ham. Why c'en fo; and a now my lady Worm's; 5 chap * less, and knock'd about the mazzard with a sexton's spade. d Here's fine revolution; • if we had the trick to see 't. Did these bones coft no more the breeding, but to play at * loggats with 'em ? mine ake to think on't.

Clown sings. A pick-ax and a spade, a spade,

For, -and a shrouding sheet! 0, a pit of clay for to be made

For such a guest is meet. Ham. There's another. Why? may not that be the scull of a lawyer? Where be his " quiddities now, his " quillities, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? Why does he suffer this i mad knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his * action of battery? Hum! this fellow might be in’s.time a great buyer of and, with his statutes, his recognizances, his fines, his double vouchers, his recoveries. i Is this the fine of his fines, and the recovery of his recoveries, to have his fine pate full of


a R. reads now 'tis my lady, &c. make use of bones instead of wooden Qu's, choples.

pins, throwing at them with another c The i ft q. reads masene; the 2d and bone instead of bowling, H. The qu’s 3d, mazer.

read loggits; the ift, ad and 3d fo's, lege d P.'s duodecimo, T.W. and J. read, gets; the 4th f. R. and P. loggers. Here's a fine, &c.

& The fo's and R. read, migbt not, • The qu's read, and we bad, &c. &c. C. and we bad, &c.

h So the qu's and C; all the reft read f Lnggats is the ancießt name of a quiddits and quillets. play or game, which is one among the i So the qu's; all the reft read rude unlawful games enumerated in the stat, for mad. 33 H.VIII. It is the fame which is now k The 3d q. reads a£tions. called Kittle-pins, in which boys often | This in italic is not in the qu’s.

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