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Enter two Clownes.Enter two Clowns Ham V.i.1
Clown. FIRST CLOWN 
Is she to bee buried in Christian buriall,Is she to be buried in Christian burial Ham V.i.1
that wilfully seekes her owne saluation?when she wilfully seeks her own salvation? Ham V.i.2
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
I tell thee she is, and therefore make herI tell thee she is. Therefore make her Ham V.i.3
Graue straight, the Crowner hath sate on her, and findsgrave straight. The crowner hath sat on her, and findssit (v.)
old form: sate
hold an inquest
Ham V.i.4
straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at once
crowner (n.)coroner
it Christian buriall.it Christian burial. Ham V.i.5
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
How can that be, vnlesse she drownedHow can that be, unless she drowned Ham V.i.6
her selfe in her owne defence?herself in her own defence? Ham V.i.7
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Why 'tis found so.Why, 'tis found so. Ham V.i.8
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
It must be Se offendendo, it cannot bee else:It must be se offendendo. It cannot be else.se...in self-defenceHam V.i.9
for heere lies the point; If I drowne my selfe wittingly, itFor here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly, it Ham V.i.10
argues an Act: and an Act hath three branches. It is anargues an act, and an act hath three branches – it is toargue (v.)indicate, betoken, be evidence ofHam V.i.11
branch (n.)division, section, part [of an argument]
Act to doe and to performe; argall she drown'd her selfeact, to do, and to perform. Argal, she drowned herself Ham V.i.12
wittingly.wittingly. Ham V.i.13
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Nay but heare you Goodman Deluer.Nay, but hear you, Goodman Delver.goodman (adj.)[title for a person under the rank of gentleman] mister, masterHam V.i.14
delver (n.)
old form: Deluer
[grave]digger, excavator
Clown. FIRST CLOWN 
Giue me leaue; heere lies the water; good:Give me leave. Here lies the water – good. Ham V.i.15
heere stands the man; good: If the man goe to this waterHere stands the man – good. If the man go to this water Ham V.i.16
and drowne himsele; it is will he nill he, he goes; markeand drown himself, it is, will he nill he, he goes, marknill (v.)will notHam V.i.17
mark (v.)
old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
you that? But if the water come to him & drowne him;you that. But if the water come to him and drown him, Ham V.i.18
hee drownes not himselfe. Argall, hee that is not guilty ofhe drowns not himself. Argal, he that is not guilty ofargal, argo (adv.)
old form: Argall
[variants of Latin ‘ergo’] therefore
Ham V.i.19
his owne death, shortens not his owne life.his own death shortens not his own life. Ham V.i.20
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
But is this law?But is this law? Ham V.i.21
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
I marry is't, Crowners Quest Law.Ay, marry, is't – crowner's quest law.quest (n.)inquestHam V.i.22
marry (int.)[exclamation] by Mary
crowner (n.)coroner
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Will you ha the truth on't: if this hadWill you ha' the truth on't? If this had Ham V.i.23
not beene a Gentlewoman, shee should haue beene buriednot been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried Ham V.i.24
out of Christian Buriall.out o' Christian burial. Ham V.i.25
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Why there thou say'st. And the more pittyWhy, there thou sayst. And the more pitysay (v.)
old form: say'st
speak the truth, speak to the point
Ham V.i.26
that great folke should haue countenance in this world tothat great folk should have countenance in this world tocountenance (n.)favour, patronage, approvalHam V.i.27
drowne or hang themselues, more then their euen Christian.drown or hang themselves more than their even-Christian.even-Christian (n.)
old form: euen Christian
fellow Christian
Ham V.i.28
Come, my Spade; there is no ancient Gentlemen,Come, my spade. There is no ancient gentlemen Ham V.i.29
but Gardiners, Ditchers and Graue-makers; theybut gardeners, ditchers, and grave-makers. Theyditcher (n.)ditch-makerHam V.i.30
hold vp Adams Profession.hold up Adam's profession.hold up (v.)
old form: vp
continue, keep going, carry on
Ham V.i.31
Adam (n.)in the Bible, the first human being, in the Garden of Eden, who disobeyed God
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Was he a Gentleman?Was he a gentleman? Ham V.i.32
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
He was the first that euer bore Armes.'A was the first that ever bore arms. Ham V.i.33
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Why he had none.Why, he had none. Ham V.i.34
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
What, ar't a Heathen? how dost thouWhat, art a heathen? How dost thou Ham V.i.35
vnderstand the Scripture? the Scripture sayes Adam understand the Scripture? The Scripture says Adam Ham V.i.36
dig'd; could hee digge without Armes? Ile put anotherdigged. Could he dig without arms? I'll put another Ham V.i.37
question to thee; if thou answerest me not to the purpose,question to thee. If thou answerest me not to the purpose, Ham V.i.38
confesse thy selfe---confess thyself –  Ham V.i.39
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Go too.Go to! Ham V.i.40
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
What is he that builds stronger thenWhat is he that builds stronger than Ham V.i.41
either the Mason, the Shipwright, or the Carpenter?either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter? Ham V.i.42
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
The Gallowes maker; for that FrameThe gallows-maker, for that frameframe (n.)framework, structure, constructionHam V.i.43
outliues a thousand Tenants.outlives a thousand tenants. Ham V.i.44
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
I like thy wit well in good faith, theI like thy wit well, in good faith. Thewit (n.)mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuityHam V.i.45
Gallowes does well; but how does it well? it does well togallows does well. But how does it well? It does well to Ham V.i.46
those that doe ill: now, thou dost ill to say the Gallowes isthose that do ill. Now thou dost ill to say the gallows isill (n.)wrong, injury, harm, evilHam V.i.47
built stronger then the Church: Argall, the Gallowes maybuilt stronger than the church. Argal, the gallows may Ham V.i.48
doe well to thee. Too't againe, Come.do well to thee. To't again, come. Ham V.i.49
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Who builds stronger then a Mason, aWho builds stronger than a mason, a Ham V.i.50
Shipwright, or a Carpenter?shipwright, or a carpenter? Ham V.i.51
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
I, tell me that, and vnyoake.Ay, tell me that, and unyoke.unyoke (v.)
old form: vnyoake
stop working, cease labouring
Ham V.i.52
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Marry, now I can tell.Marry, now I can tell. Ham V.i.53
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Too't.To't. Ham V.i.54
Other. SECOND CLOWN 
Masse, I cannot tell. Enter Hamlet and Horatio a farre off.Mass, I cannot tell. Ham V.i.55
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Cudgell thy braines no more about it; forCudgel thy brains no more about it, for Ham V.i.56
your dull Asse will not mend his pace with beating; andyour dull ass will not mend his pace with beating. And Ham V.i.57
when you are ask't this question next, say a Graue-maker:when you are asked this question next, say ‘ a grave-maker.’ Ham V.i.58
the Houses that he makes, lasts till Doomesday: go,The houses he makes lasts till Doomsday. Go, Ham V.i.59
get thee to Yaughan, fetch me a stoupe of Liquor.get thee in, and fetch me a stoup of liquor.stoup (n.)
old form: stoupe
cup, flagon, jug, tankard
Ham V.i.60
liquor (n.)[alcoholic] drink
Exit Second Clown Ham V.i.60
Sings. In youth when I did loue, did loue,(sings) In youth, when I did love, did love, Ham V.i.61
me thought it was very sweete:Methought it was very sweetmethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: me thought
it seems / seemed to me
Ham V.i.62
To contract O the time for a my behoue,To contract – O – the time for – a – my behove,contract (v.)shorten, reduce, lessenHam V.i.63
behove (n.)
old form: behoue
benefit, advantage, gain
O me thought there was nothing meete.O, methought there – a – was nothing – a – meet. Ham V.i.64
Enter Hamlet and Horatio Ham V.i.65.1
Ham. HAMLET 
Ha's this fellow no feeling of his businesse, that he Has this fellow no feeling of his business? 'Afeeling (n.)sensibility, intuition, understandingHam V.i.65
sings at Graue-making?sings in grave-making. Ham V.i.66
Hor. HORATIO 
Custome hath made it in him a property ofCustom hath made it in him a property ofproperty (n.)feature, characteristic, particular respectHam V.i.67
custom (n.)habit, usual practice, customary usage
easinesse. easiness.easiness (n.)indifference, unconcern, carelessnessHam V.i.68
Ham. HAMLET 
'Tis ee'n so; the hand of little Imployment'Tis e'en so. The hand of little employmenteven, e'en (adv.)
old form: ee'n
just, exactly
Ham V.i.69
hath the daintier sense.hath the daintier sense.sense (n.)feeling, sensibility, capacity to feelHam V.i.70
dainty (adj.)fastidious, scrupulous, refined, particular
Clowne FIRST CLOWN  
sings. (sings) Ham V.i.71.1
But Age with his stealing stepsBut age with his stealing stepsstealing (adj.)stealthily moving, gliding quietly byHam V.i.71
hath caught me in his clutch:Hath clawed me in his clutch, Ham V.i.72
And hath shipped me intill the Land,And hath shipped me into the land,intil (prep.)
old form: intill
to
Ham V.i.73
ship (v.)dispatch, send, consign
as if I had neuer beene such.As if I had never been such. Ham V.i.74
He throws up a skull Ham V.i.75
Ham. HAMLET 
That Scull had a tongue in it, and could singThat skull had a tongue in it, and could sing Ham V.i.75
once: how the knaue iowles it to th' grownd, as if it were once. How the knave jowls it to the ground, as if 'twereknave (n.)
old form: knaue
boy, lad, fellow
Ham V.i.76
jowl (v.)
old form: iowles
dash, knock, thrust
Caines Iaw-bone, that did the first murther: It might beCain's jawbone, that did the first murder! This might beCain (n.)[pron: kayn] in the Bible, son of Adam and Eve, killer of his brother AbelHam V.i.77
the Pate of a Polititian which this Asse o're Offices:the pate of a politician, which this ass now o'erreaches;overreach, over-reach (v.), past form overraughtget the better of, has the advantage ofHam V.i.78
politician (n.)
old form: Polititian
schemer, intriguer, plotter
pate (n.)head, skull
one that could circumuent God, might it not?one that would circumvent God, might it not?circumvent (v.)
old form: circumuent
outwit, cheat, get the better of
Ham V.i.79
Hor. HORATIO 
It might, my Lord.It might, my lord. Ham V.i.80
Ham. HAMLET 
Or of a Courtier, which could say, Good Morrow Or of a courtier, which could say ‘ Good morrow, Ham V.i.81
sweet Lord: how dost thou, good Lord? thissweet lord! How dost thou, sweet lord?’ This Ham V.i.82
might be my Lord such a one, that prais'd my Lord might be my Lord Such-a-one, that praised my Lord Ham V.i.83
such a ones Horse, when he meant to begge it; might itSuch-a-one's horse when 'a meant to beg it, might it Ham V.i.84
not?not? Ham V.i.85
Hor. HORATIO 
I, my Lord.Ay, my lord. Ham V.i.86
Ham. HAMLET 
Why ee'n so: and now my Lady Wormes, Chaplesse,Why, e'en so, and now my Lady Worm's, chopless,chapless, chopless (adj.)
old form: Chaplesse
jawless
Ham V.i.87
and knockt about the Mazard with a Sextonsand knocked about the mazzard with a sexton'smazzard (n.)
old form: Mazard
[jocular] skull, head, bowl
Ham V.i.88
Spade; heere's fine Reuolution, if wee had the tricke tospade. Here's fine revolution, an we had the trick totrick (n.)
old form: tricke
way, knack, skill
Ham V.i.89
revolution (n.)
old form: Reuolution
reversal, change, twists and turns [of fortune]
see't. Did these bones cost no more the breeding, butsee't. Did these bones cost no more the breeding butbreeding (n.)raising, upbringingHam V.i.90
to play at Loggets with 'em? mine ake to thinke on't.to play at loggats with them? Mine ache to think on't.loggats (n.)
old form: Loggets
type of game [in which sticks are thrown to lie near a target stake]
Ham V.i.91
Clowne FIRST CLOWN  
sings. (sings) Ham V.i.92
A Pickhaxe and a Spade, a Spade,A pickaxe and a spade, a spade, Ham V.i.92
for and a shrowding-Sheete:For and a shrouding sheet.for and (conj.)and [emphatic]Ham V.i.93
O a Pit of Clay for to be made,O, a pit of clay for to be made Ham V.i.94
for such a Guest is meete.For such a guest is meet.meet (adj.)
old form: meete
fit, suitable, right, proper
Ham V.i.95
He throws up another skull Ham V.i.96
Ham. HAMLET 
There's another: why might not that bee the ScullThere's another. Why may not that be the skull Ham V.i.96
of a Lawyer? where be his Quiddits now? his Quillets?of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now, his quillets,quiddity (n.)
old form: Quiddits
subtlety, nicety, quibble
Ham V.i.97
quillet (n.)quibble, equivocation, hair-splitting distinction
his Cases? his Tenures, and his Tricks? why doe's he his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? Why does hetenure (n.)[legal] condition for holding propertyHam V.i.98
suffer this rude knaue now to knocke him about thesuffer this mad knave now to knock him about theknave (n.)
old form: knaue
boy, lad, fellow
Ham V.i.99
Sconce with a dirty Shouell, and will not tell him of hissconce with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of hissconce (n.)[jocular] head, pate, bonceHam V.i.100
Action of Battery? hum. This fellow might be in'saction of battery? Hum! This fellow might be in's Ham V.i.101
time a great buyer of Land, with his Statutes, his Recognizances,time a great buyer of land, with his statutes, his recognizances,statute (n.)bond securing a debt with the debtor's land; legal securityHam V.i.102
recognizance (n.)bond recognizing a debt
his Fines, his double Vouchers, his Recoueries:his fines, his double vouchers, his recoveries.recovery (n.)
old form: Recoueries
[legal] procedure for transferring property into full ownership
Ham V.i.103
voucher (n.)[legal] warrantor of someone's right to property
fine (n.)[legal] agreement to transfer land possession
Is this the fine of his Fines, and the recouery of hisIs this the fine of his fines, and the recovery of hisrecovery (n.)
old form: recouery
attainment, gain, restoration
Ham V.i.104
fine (n.)outcome, final result, conclusion
Recoueries, to haue his fine Pate full of fine Dirt? willrecoveries, to have his fine pate full of fine dirt? Willpate (n.)head, skullHam V.i.105
fine (adj.)handsome [as modern use]
fine (adj.)powdery [as modern use]
his Vouchers vouch him no more of his Purchases, andhis vouchers vouch him no more of his purchases, andvouch (v.)guarantee, assure, warrantHam V.i.106
double ones too, then the length and breadth of a pairedouble ones too, than the length and breadth of a pair Ham V.i.107
of Indentures? the very Conueyances of his Lands willof indentures? The very conveyances of his lands willindenture (n.)(plural) [legal] joint agreement, articles of agreementHam V.i.108
conveyance (n.)
old form: Conueyances
[legal] document transferring property
hardly lye in this Boxe; and must the Inheritor himselfescarcely lie in this box, and must th' inheritor himselfinheritor (n.)owner, possessor, acquirerHam V.i.109
haue no more? ha?have no more, ha? Ham V.i.110
Hor. HORATIO 
Not a iot more, my Lord.Not a jot more, my lord. Ham V.i.111
Ham. HAMLET 
Is not Parchment made of Sheep-skinnes?Is not parchment made of sheep-skins? Ham V.i.112
Hor. HORATIO 
I my Lord, and of Calue-skinnes too.Ay, my lord, and of calves' skins too. Ham V.i.113
Ham. HAMLET 
They are Sheepe and Calues that seek out assuranceThey are sheep and calves which seek out assurancesheep (n.)
old form: Sheepe
fool, dolt, idiot
Ham V.i.114
assurance (n.)security, certainty, confidence
calf (n.)
old form: Calues
fool, dolt, idiot
in that. I will speake to this fellow: whosein that. I will speak to this fellow. – Whose Ham V.i.115
Graue's this Sir?grave's this, sirrah?sirrah (n.)sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]Ham V.i.116
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Mine Sir:Mine, sir. Ham V.i.117
O a Pit of Clay for to be made,(sings) O, a pit of clay for to be made Ham V.i.118
for such a Guest is meete.For such a guest is meet. Ham V.i.119
Ham. HAMLET 
I thinke it be thine indeed: for thou liest in't.I think it be thine indeed, for thou liest in't. Ham V.i.120
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
You lye out on't Sir, and therefore it isYou lie out on't, sir, and therefore 'tis Ham V.i.121
not yours: for my part, I doe not lye in't; and yet it is mine.not yours. For my part, I do not lie in't, and yet it is mine. Ham V.i.122
Ham. HAMLET 
Thou dost lye in't, to be in't and say 'tis thine:Thou dost lie in't, to be in't and say it is thine. Ham V.i.123
'tis for the dead, not for the quicke, therefore thou'Tis for the dead, not for the quick. Therefore thouquick (n.)
old form: quicke
living, those alive
Ham V.i.124
lyest.liest. Ham V.i.125
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
'Tis a quicke lye Sir, 'twill away againe'Tis a quick lie, sir. 'Twill away again Ham V.i.126
from me to you.from me to you. Ham V.i.127
Ham. HAMLET 
What man dost thou digge it for?What man dost thou dig it for? Ham V.i.128
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
For no man Sir.For no man, sir. Ham V.i.129
Ham. HAMLET 
What woman then?What woman then? Ham V.i.130
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
For none neither.For none neither. Ham V.i.131
Ham. HAMLET 
Who is to be buried in't?Who is to be buried in't? Ham V.i.132
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
One that was a woman Sir; but rest herOne that was a woman, sir. But, rest her Ham V.i.133
Soule, shee's dead.soul, she's dead. Ham V.i.134
Ham. HAMLET 
How absolute the knaue is? wee must speake byHow absolute the knave is! We must speak byknave (n.)
old form: knaue
boy, lad, fellow
Ham V.i.135
absolute (adj.)precise, literal, particular
the Carde, or equiuocation will vndoe vs: by the Lord the card, or equivocation will undo us. By the Lord,equivocation (n.)
old form: equiuocation
ambiguous usage, double-meaning
Ham V.i.136
card, by the (n.)
old form: Carde
[of a compass-card] with minute precision
Horatio, these three yeares I haue taken note of it, the AgeHoratio, this three years I have took note of it, the age Ham V.i.137
is growne so picked, that the toe of the Pesant comes sois grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes sopicked (adj.)over-refined, fastidious, particularHam V.i.138
neere the heeles of our Courtier, hee galls his Kibe. Hownear the heel of the courtier he galls his kibe. – Howgall (v.)chafe, rub, make soreHam V.i.139
kibe (n.)chilblain, inflamed heel
long hast thou been a Graue-maker?long hast thou been grave-maker? Ham V.i.140
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Of all the dayes i'th' yeare, I came too't thatOf all the days i'th' year, I came to't that Ham V.i.141
day that our last King Hamlet o'recame Fortinbras.day that our last King Hamlet overcame Fortinbras. Ham V.i.142
Ham. HAMLET 
How long is that since?How long is that since? Ham V.i.143
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Cannot you tell that? euery foole can tellCannot you tell that? Every fool can tell Ham V.i.144
that: It was the very day, that young Hamlet was borne,that. It was that very day that young Hamlet was born –  Ham V.i.145
hee that was mad, and sent into England.he that is mad, and sent into England. Ham V.i.146
Ham. HAMLET 
I marry, why was he sent into England?Ay, marry, why was he sent into England? Ham V.i.147
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Why, because he was mad; hee shall recouerWhy, because 'a was mad. 'A shall recover Ham V.i.148
his wits there; or if he do not, it's no great matterhis wits there. Or, if 'a do not, 'tis no great matter Ham V.i.149
there.there. Ham V.i.150
Ham. HAMLET 
Why?Why? Ham V.i.151
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
'Twill not be seene in him, there'Twill not be seen in him there. There Ham V.i.152
the men are as mad as he.the men are as mad as he. Ham V.i.153
Ham. HAMLET 
How came he mad?How came he mad?come (v.)become, grow, come to beHam V.i.154
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Very strangely they say.Very strangely, they say. Ham V.i.155
Ham. HAMLET 
How strangely?How strangely? Ham V.i.156
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Faith e'ene with loosing his wits.Faith, e'en with losing his wits. Ham V.i.157
Ham. HAMLET 
Vpon what ground?Upon what ground? Ham V.i.158
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Why heere in Denmarke: I haue bin Why, here in Denmark. I have been Ham V.i.159
sixeteene heere, man and Boy thirty yeares.sexton here, man and boy, thirty years. Ham V.i.160
Ham. HAMLET 
How long will a man lie 'ith' earth ere he rot?How long will a man lie i'th' earth ere he rot? Ham V.i.161
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Ifaith, if he be not rotten before he die (asFaith, if 'a be not rotten before 'a die, as Ham V.i.162
we haue many pocky Coarses now adaies, that will scarcewe have many pocky corses nowadays that will scarcepocky (adj.)poxy, disease-infected [with syphilis, smallpox]Ham V.i.163
corse (n.)
old form: Coarses
corpse, dead body
hold the laying in) he will last you some eight yeare, orhold the laying in, 'a will last you some eight year orhold (v.)survive, last out [until]Ham V.i.164
nine yeare. A Tanner will last you nine yeare.nine year. A tanner will last you nine year. Ham V.i.165
Ham. HAMLET 
Why he, more then another?Why he more than another? Ham V.i.166
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
Why sir, his hide is so tan'd with hisWhy, sir, his hide is so tanned with his Ham V.i.167
Trade, that he will keepe out water a great while. And yourtrade that 'a will keep out water a great while, and your Ham V.i.168
water, is a sore Decayer of your horson dead body.water is a sore decayer of your whoreson dead body.sore (adj.)severe, harsh, heavyHam V.i.169
Heres a Scull now: this Scul, has laine in the earth three & twentyHere's a skull now hath lien you i'th' earth three-and-twenty Ham V.i.170
years.years. Ham V.i.171
Ham. HAMLET 
Whose was it?Whose was it? Ham V.i.172
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
A whoreson mad Fellowes it was; / WhoseA whoreson mad fellow's it was. Whose Ham V.i.173
doe you thinke it was?do you think it was? Ham V.i.174
Ham. HAMLET 
Nay, I know not.Nay, I know not. Ham V.i.175
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
A pestlence on him for a mad Rogue,A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! Ham V.i.176
a pou'rd a Flaggon of Renish on my head once. This 'A poured a flagon of Rhenish on my head once. ThisRhenish (n.)
old form: Renish
Rhineland wine
Ham V.i.177
same Scull Sir, this same Scull sir, was Yoricks Scull, the Kings Iester.same skull, sir, was, sir, Yorick's skull, the King's jester. Ham V.i.178
Ham. HAMLET 
This?This? Ham V.i.179
Clo. FIRST CLOWN 
E'ene that.E'en that.even, e'en (adv.)
old form: E'ene
just, exactly
Ham V.i.180
Ham. HAMLET 
Let me see. Alas poore Yorick, I knew him Let me see. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Ham V.i.181
Horatio, a fellow of infinite Iest; of most excellent fancy,Horatio. A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.fancy (n.)imagination, creativity, inventivenessHam V.i.182
he hath borne me on his backe a thousand times: AndHe hath bore me on his back a thousand times. And Ham V.i.183
how abhorred my Imagination is, my gorgenow how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorgegorge (n.)stomach contentsHam V.i.184
abhorred (adj.)horrifying, disgusting, abominable
rises at it. Heere hung those lipps, that I haue kist Irises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I Ham V.i.185
know not how oft. Where be your Iibes now? Yourknow not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Youroft (adv.)oftenHam V.i.186
Gambals? Your Songs? Your flashes of Merriment thatgambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment that Ham V.i.187
were wont to set the Table on a Rore? No one now towere wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now towont (v.)be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit ofHam V.i.188
mock your own Ieering? Quite chopfalne? Now getmock your own grinning? Quite chop-fallen? Now getchop-fallen
old form: chopfalne
downcast, dejected, down in the mouth
Ham V.i.189
you to my Ladies Chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inchyou to my lady's table and tell her, let her paint an inchpaint (v.)adorn, beautify, enhanceHam V.i.190
thicke, to this fauour she must come. Make her laugh atthick, to this favour she must come. Make her laugh atfavour (n.)
old form: fauour
[facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
Ham V.i.191
that: prythee Horatio tell me one thing.that. Prithee, Horatio, tell me one thing. Ham V.i.192
Hor. HORATIO 
What's that my Lord?What's that, my lord? Ham V.i.193
Ham. HAMLET 
Dost thou thinke Alexander lookt o'this fashionDost thou think Alexander looked o' this fashionAlexander (n.)Alexander the Great; Macedonian king in 4th-c BC, known for his extensive empireHam V.i.194
i'th' earth?i'th' earth? Ham V.i.195
Hor. HORATIO 
E'ene so.E'en so. Ham V.i.196
Ham. HAMLET 
And smelt so? Puh.And smelt so? Pah! Ham V.i.197
Hor. HORATIO 
E'ene so, my Lord.E'en so, my lord. Ham V.i.198
Ham. HAMLET 
To what base vses we may returne Horatio. WhyTo what base uses we may return, Horatio! Whybase (adj.)poor, wretched, of low qualityHam V.i.199
may not Imagination trace the Noble dust of Alexander,may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander Ham V.i.200
till he find it stopping a bunghole.till 'a find it stopping a bunghole? Ham V.i.201
Hor. HORATIO 
'Twere to consider: to curiously to consider so.'Twere to consider too curiously to consider so.curiously (adv.)fastidiously, minutely, ingeniouslyHam V.i.202
Ham. HAMLET 
No faith, not a iot. But to follow him thetherNo, faith, not a jot. But to follow him thither Ham V.i.203
with modestie enough, & likeliehood to lead it; as thus.with modesty enough, and likelihood to lead it; as thus:modesty (n.)
old form: modestie
moderation, restraint, discipline
Ham V.i.204
Alexander died: Alexander was buried: Alexander Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander Ham V.i.205
returneth into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we makereturneth to dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make Ham V.i.206
Lome, and why of that Lome (whereto he was conuerted)loam; and why of that loam whereto he was convertedconvert (v.)
old form: conuerted
change, transform, alter
Ham V.i.207
might they not stopp a Beere-barrell?might they not stop a beer barrel? Ham V.i.208
Imperiall Casar, dead and turn'd to clay,Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay,imperious, emperious (adj.)imperial, majestic, sovereignHam V.i.209
Julius Caesar[pron: 'seezer] Roman politician and general, 1st-c BC
Might stop a hole to keepe the winde away.Might stop a hole to keep the wind away. Ham V.i.210
Oh, that that earth, which kept the world in awe,O, that that earth which kept the world in awe Ham V.i.211
Should patch a Wall, t'expell the winters flaw.Should patch a wall t' expel the winter's flaw!flaw (n.)gust, squall, blastHam V.i.212
But soft, but soft, aside;But soft, but soft awhile!soft (int.)[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quietHam V.i.213.1
Enter King, Queene, Laertes, and a Coffin,Enter the King and Queen, Laertes, and the corpse of Ham V.i.213.1
with Lords attendant.Ophelia, with lords attendant and a Priest Ham V.i.213.2
heere comes the King.Here comes the King, Ham V.i.213.2
The Queene, the Courtiers. Who is that they follow,The Queen, the courtiers. Who is this they follow? Ham V.i.214
And with such maimed rites? This doth betoken,And with such maimed rites? This doth betokenmaimed (adj.)incomplete, deficient, wantingHam V.i.215
The Coarse they follow, did with disperate hand,The corse they follow did with desperate handcorse (n.)
old form: Coarse
corpse, dead body
Ham V.i.216
Fore do it owne life; 'twas some Estate.Fordo it own life. 'Twas of some estate.estate (n.)high rank, standing, statusHam V.i.217
fordo (v.)
old form: Fore do
put an end to, kill, destroy
Couch we a while, and mark.Couch we awhile, and mark.mark (v.)note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]Ham V.i.218
couch (v.)conceal, hide, lie hidden
awhile (adv.)
old form: a while
a short time, briefly
He withdraws with Horatio Ham V.i.219
Laer. LAERTES 
What Cerimony else?What ceremony else? Ham V.i.219
Ham. HAMLET 
That is Laertes, a very Noble youth: Marke.That is Laertes, a very noble youth. Mark.mark (v.)
old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
Ham V.i.220
Laer. LAERTES 
What Cerimony else?What ceremony else? Ham V.i.221
Priest. PRIEST 
Her Obsequies haue bin as farre inlarg'd.Her obsequies have been as far enlargedenlarge (v.)
old form: inlarg'd
widen, extend, augment
Ham V.i.222
As we haue warrantis, her death was doubtfull,As we have warranty. Her death was doubtful,warranty (n.)
old form: warrantis
authorization, permission, sanction
Ham V.i.223
And but that great Command, o're-swaies the order,And, but that great command o'ersways the order,oversway (v.)
old form: o're-swaies
prevail upon, override, overturn
Ham V.i.224
order (n.)prescribed practice, regular procedure
She should in ground vnsanctified haue lodg'd,She should in ground unsanctified have lodged Ham V.i.225
Till the last Trumpet. For charitable praier,Till the last trumpet. For charitable prayers,for (prep.)instead ofHam V.i.226
Shardes, Flints, and Peebles, should be throwne on her:Shards, flints, and pebbles should be thrown on her.shard (n.)
old form: Shardes
broken pottery, pot fragments
Ham V.i.227
Yet heere she is allowed her Virgin Rites,Yet here she is allowed her virgin crants,crants (n.)(singular) garland, wreath, chapletHam V.i.228
Her Maiden strewments, and the bringing homeHer maiden strewments, and the bringing homestrewment (n.)strewn flowers [on a grave]Ham V.i.229
Of Bell and Buriall.Of bell and burial.burial (n.)
old form: Buriall
burial service, funeral solemnities
Ham V.i.230
Laer. LAERTES 
Must there no more be done?Must there no more be done? Ham V.i.231.1
Priest. PRIEST 
No more be done:No more be done. Ham V.i.231.2
We should prophane the seruice of the dead,We should profane the service of the dead Ham V.i.232
To sing sage Requiem, and such rest to herTo sing a requiem and such rest to hersage (adj.)solemn, grave, dignifiedHam V.i.233
As to peace-parted Soules.As to peace-parted souls.peace-parted (adj.)who have departed this life in peaceHam V.i.234.1
Laer. LAERTES 
Lay her i'th' earth,Lay her i'th' earth, Ham V.i.234.2
And from her faire and vnpolluted flesh,And from her fair and unpolluted flesh Ham V.i.235
May Violets spring. I tell thee (churlish Priest)May violets spring! I tell thee, churlish priest,churlish (adj.)rude, blunt, ungraciousHam V.i.236
A Ministring Angell shall my Sister be,A ministering angel shall my sister be Ham V.i.237
When thou liest howling?When thou liest howling. Ham V.i.238.1
Ham. HAMLET 
What, the faire Ophelia?What, the fair Ophelia? Ham V.i.238.2
Queene. QUEEN 
Sweets, to the sweet farewell.Sweets to the sweet! Farewell.sweet (n.)sweet-scented flower, fragrant plantHam V.i.239
She scatters flowers Ham V.i.240
I hop'd thou should'st haue bin my Hamlets wife:I hoped thou shouldst have been my Hamlet's wife. Ham V.i.240
I thought thy Bride-bed to haue deckt (sweet Maid)I thought thy bride-bed to have decked, sweet maid, Ham V.i.241
And not t'haue strew'd thy Graue.And not have strewed thy grave. Ham V.i.242.1
Laer. LAERTES 
Oh terrible woer,O, treble woe Ham V.i.242.2
Fall ten times trebble, on that cursed headFall ten times double on that cursed head Ham V.i.243
Whose wicked deed, thy most Ingenious senceWhose wicked deed thy most ingenious senseingenious (adj.)alert, fully conscious, intelligent, capableHam V.i.244
sense (n.)
old form: sence
mind, power of reason, wits
Depriu'd thee of. Hold off the earth a while,Deprived thee of! Hold off the earth awhile, Ham V.i.245
Till I haue caught her once more in mine armes:Till I have caught her once more in mine arms. Ham V.i.246
Leaps in the graue.He leaps in the grave Ham V.i.247.1
Now pile your dust, vpon the quicke, and dead,Now pile your dust upon the quick and deadquick (n.)
old form: quicke
living, those alive
Ham V.i.247
Till of this flat a Mountaine you haue made,Till of this flat a mountain you have made Ham V.i.248
To o're top old Pelion, or the skyish headT' o'ertop old Pelion or the skyish headskyish (adj.)lofty, sky-reachingHam V.i.249
Pelion (n.)[pron: 'peelion] mountain in Thessaly, N Greece; gods revenged themselves on rebellious Titans by burying them under Mt Pelion
Of blew Olympus.Of blue Olympus.Olympus (n.)mountainous region of N Greece; the home of the godsHam V.i.250.1
Ham. HAMLET  
(coming forward) Ham V.i.250
What is he, whose griefesWhat is he whose grief Ham V.i.250.2
Beares such an Emphasis? whose phrase of SorrowBears such an emphasis, whose phrase of sorrowemphasis (n.)vigorous expression, forceful utteranceHam V.i.251
Coniure the wandring Starres, and makes them standConjures the wandering stars, and makes them standstand (v.)stand still, stop, cease movingHam V.i.252
wandering (adj.)
old form: wandring
[astrology] having its own motion
conjure (v.)
old form: Coniure
put a spell on, charm, bewitch
Like wonder-wounded hearers? This is I,Like wonder-wounded hearers? This is I,wonder-wounded (adj.)awestruck, wonder-struckHam V.i.253
Hamlet the Dane.Hamlet the Dane. Ham V.i.254.1
Laer. LAERTES 
The deuill take thy soule.The devil take thy soul! Ham V.i.254.2
Ham. HAMLET 
Thou prai'st not well,Thou prayest not well. Ham V.i.255
I prythee take thy fingers from my throat;I prithee take thy fingers from my throat. Ham V.i.256
Sir though I am not Spleenatiue, and rash,For, though I am not splenitive and rash,splenitive, spleenative (adj.)
old form: Spleenatiue
of angry temperament, hot-headed
Ham V.i.257
Yet haue I something in me dangerous,Yet have I in me something dangerous,something (adv.)somewhat, ratherHam V.i.258
Which let thy wisenesse feare. Away thy hand.Which let thy wisdom fear. Hold off thy hand.wisdom (n.)good sense, judgementHam V.i.259
King. KING 
Pluck them asunder.Pluck them asunder. Ham V.i.260.1
Qu. QUEEN 
Hamlet, Hamlet.Hamlet, Hamlet! Ham V.i.260.2
ALL 
Gentlemen! Ham V.i.261.1
Gen. HORATIO 
Good my Lord be quiet.Good my lord, be quiet. Ham V.i.261.2
Ham. HAMLET 
Why I will fight with him vppon this Theme.Why, I will fight with him upon this themetheme (n.)subject, subject-matter, topic of discourseHam V.i.262
Vntill my eielids will no longer wag.Until my eyelids will no longer wag.wag (v.)move, stir, rouseHam V.i.263
Qu. QUEEN 
Oh my Sonne, what Theame?O my son, what theme? Ham V.i.264
Ham. HAMLET 
I lou'd Ophelia; fortie thousand BrothersI loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers Ham V.i.265
Could not (with all there quantitie of Loue)Could not with all their quantity of love Ham V.i.266
Make vp my summe. What wilt thou do for her?Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her? Ham V.i.267
King. KING 
Oh he is mad Laertes,O, he is mad, Laertes. Ham V.i.268
Qu. QUEEN 
For loue of God forbeare him.For love of God, forbear him.forbear (v.)
old form: forbeare
leave alone, avoid, stay away [from]
Ham V.i.269
Ham. HAMLET 
Come show me what thou'lt doe.'Swounds, show me what thou't do.'swounds (int.)[oath] God's woundsHam V.i.270
Woo't weepe? Woo't fight? Woo't teare thy selfe?Woo't weep? Woo't fight? Woo't fast? Woo't tear thyself? Ham V.i.271
Woo't drinke vp Esile, eate a Crocodile?Woo't drink up eisel? Eat a crocodile?eisel, eisell, esile, eysell (n.)
old form: Esile
vinegar
Ham V.i.272
Ile doo't. Dost thou come heere to whine;I'll do't. Dost thou come here to whine? Ham V.i.273
To outface me with leaping in her Graue?To outface me with leaping in her grave? Ham V.i.274
Be buried quicke with her, and so will I.Be buried quick with her, and so will I.quick (adv.)
old form: quicke
alive
Ham V.i.275
And if thou prate of Mountaines; let them throwAnd if thou prate of mountains, let them throwprate (v.)prattle, chatter, blatherHam V.i.276
Millions of Akers on vs; till our groundMillions of acres on us, till our ground, Ham V.i.277
Sindging his pate against the burning Zone,Singeing his pate against the burning zone,pate (n.)head, skullHam V.i.278
zone, burninginter-tropical domain encircling the earth
Make Ossa like a wart. Nay, and thoul't mouth,Make Ossa like a wart! Nay, an thou'lt mouth,and, an (conj.)if, whetherHam V.i.279
Ossa (n.)mountain in Thessaly, N Greece
Ile rant as well as thou.I'll rant as well as thou. Ham V.i.280.1
Kin. QUEEN 
This is meere Madnesse:This is mere madness.mere (adj.)
old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
Ham V.i.280.2
And thus awhile the fit will worke on him:And thus a while the fit will work on him. Ham V.i.281
Anon as patient as the female Doue,Anon, as patient as the female doveanon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyHam V.i.282
When that her golden Cuplet are disclos'd;When that her golden couplets are disclosed,disclose (v.)
old form: disclos'd
hatch, be born
Ham V.i.283
couplet (n.)
old form: Cuplet
two chicks, pair of young
His silence will sit drooping.His silence will sit drooping. Ham V.i.284.1
Ham. HAMLET 
Heare you Sir:Hear you, sir. Ham V.i.284.2
What is the reason that you vse me thus?What is the reason that you use me thus?use (v.)
old form: vse
treat, deal with, manage
Ham V.i.285
I loud' you euer; but it is no matter:I loved you ever. But it is no matter. Ham V.i.286
Let Hercules himselfe doe what he may,Let Hercules himself do what he may, Ham V.i.287
The Cat will Mew, and Dogge will haue his day. The cat will mew, and dog will have his day. Ham V.i.288
Kin. KING 
I pray you good Horatio wait vpon him,I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon him. Ham V.i.289
Exit.Exit Hamlet and Horatio Ham V.i.289
(to Laertes) Ham V.i.290.1
Strengthen you patience in our last nights speech,Strengthen your patience in our last night's speech.speech (n.)conversation, talk, discourseHam V.i.290
Wee'l put the matter to the present push:We'll put the matter to the present push.push (n.)test, trialHam V.i.291
Good Gertrude set some watch ouer your Sonne,Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son. Ham V.i.292
This Graue shall haue a liuing Monument:This grave shall have a living monument. Ham V.i.293
An houre of quiet shortly shall we see;An hour of quiet shortly shall we see. Ham V.i.294
Till then, in patience our proceeding be. Till then in patience our proceeding be. Ham V.i.295
Exeunt. Exeunt Ham V.i.295
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