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Collected from all simples that have virtue
Enter QUEEN. Queen. One woe doth tread upon another's heel, So fast they follow :-Your sister's drown'd, Laertes.
Laer. Drown'd! 0, where?
Queen. There is a willow grows ascaunt the brook, That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream ; There with fantastic garlands aid she come Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples ; There on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke; When down her weedy trophies, and herself, Fell in the weeping brook.
Laer. I forbid my tears : But yet It is our trick; nature her custom holds, Let shame say what it will. Adieu, my lord ! I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze, But that this folly drowns it. [Exit LAERTES.
King. How much I had to do to calm his rage ! Now fear I, this will give it start again. [Exeunt.
ACT THE FIFTH.
Enter two GRAVEDIGGERS. 1. Graved. Is she to be buried in christian burial, that wilfully seeks her own salvation?
2 Graved. I tell thee, she is; therefore, make her grave straight: the crowner hath set on her, and finds it christian burial.
1 Graved. How can that be, unless she drown'd herself in her own defence?
2 Graved. Why, 'tis found so.
i Grared. 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 Graved. Nay, but hear you, goodman delver ;
1 Graved. 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 Graved. But is this law ? 1 Graved. Ay, marry is't; crowner's-quest law. 2 Graved. Will you ha' the truth on't? If this had
not been a gentlewoman, she should have been bury'd out of christian burial.
i Graved. Why, there thợu say’st: And the more pity, that great folks should 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 Graved. Was he a gentleman?
1 Graved. He was the first that ever bore arms, I'll put a question to thee: if thou answer'st me not to the purpose, confess thyself—
2 Graved. Go to.
1 Graved. What is he, that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?
2 Graved. The gallows-maker; for that frame outlives a thousand tenants.
1 Graved. 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 Graved. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?
i Graved. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke.
Enter HAMLET and Horatio, at a Distance.
1 Graved. 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 Second GRAVEDIGGER.