Speeches (Lines) for First Clown in "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark"

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# Act, Scene, Line Speech text
1 V, 1, 3348
  • Is she to be buried in Christian burial when she wilfully seeks her own salvatio...
  • Is she to be buried in Christian burial when she wilfully seeks her own salvation?
  • (stage directions). Enter two Clowns, [with spades and pickaxes].

    First Clown. Is she to be buried in Christian burial when she wilfully seeks her own salvation?

2 V, 1, 3351
  • How can that be, unless she drown'd herself in her own
    defence?
  • How can that be, unless she drown'd herself in her own
    defence?
  • Second Clown. I tell thee she is; therefore make her grave straight.
    The crowner hath sate on her, and finds it Christian burial.

    First Clown. How can that be, unless she drown'd herself in her own
    defence?

3 V, 1, 3354
  • It must be se offendendo; it cannot be else. For here lies
    the point: if I d...
  • 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 drown'd herself wittingly.
  • Second Clown. Why, 'tis found so.

    First Clown. 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 drown'd herself wittingly.

4 V, 1, 3359
  • Give me leave. Here lies the water; good. Here stands the
    man; good. If the...
  • 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.
  • Second Clown. Nay, but hear you, Goodman Delver!

    First Clown. 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.

5 V, 1, 3365
  • Ay, marry, is't- crowner's quest law.
  • Ay, marry, is't- crowner's quest law.
  • Second Clown. But is this law?

    First Clown. Ay, marry, is't- crowner's quest law.

6 V, 1, 3368
  • Why, there thou say'st! And the more pity that great folk
    should have count'...
  • Why, there thou say'st! And the more pity that great folk
    should have count'nance in this world to drown or hang themselves
    more than their even-Christian. Come, my spade! There is no
    ancient gentlemen but gard'ners, ditchers, and grave-makers. They
    hold up Adam's profession.
  • Second Clown. Will you ha' the truth an't? If this had not been a
    gentlewoman, she should have been buried out o' Christian burial.

    First Clown. Why, there thou say'st! And the more pity that great folk
    should have count'nance in this world to drown or hang themselves
    more than their even-Christian. Come, my spade! There is no
    ancient gentlemen but gard'ners, ditchers, and grave-makers. They
    hold up Adam's profession.

7 V, 1, 3374
  • 'A was the first that ever bore arms.
  • 'A was the first that ever bore arms.
  • Second Clown. Was he a gentleman?

    First Clown. 'A was the first that ever bore arms.

8 V, 1, 3376
  • What, art a heathen? How dost thou understand the Scripture?
    The Scripture s...
  • 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 answerest me not to the
    purpose, confess thyself-
  • Second Clown. Why, he had none.

    First 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 answerest me not to the
    purpose, confess thyself-

9 V, 1, 3381
  • What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the
    shipwright, or th...
  • What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the
    shipwright, or the carpenter?
  • Second Clown. Go to!

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

10 V, 1, 3385
  • I like thy wit well, in good faith. The gallows does well.
    But how does it w...
  • 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!
  • Second Clown. The gallows-maker; for that frame outlives a thousand
    tenants.

    First 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!

11 V, 1, 3391
  • Ay, tell me that, and unyoke.
  • Ay, tell me that, and unyoke.
  • Second Clown. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a
    carpenter?

    First Clown. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke.

12 V, 1, 3393
  • To't.
  • To't.
  • Second Clown. Marry, now I can tell!

    First Clown. To't.

13 V, 1, 3396
  • Cudgel thy brains no more about it, for your dull ass will
    not mend his pace...
  • 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 he makes lasts
    till doomsday. Go, get thee to Yaughan; fetch me a stoup of
    liquor.
  • (stage directions). Enter Hamlet and Horatio afar off.

    First 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 houses he makes lasts
    till doomsday. Go, get thee to Yaughan; fetch me a stoup of
    liquor.

14 V, 1, 3403
  • In youth when I did love, did love,
    Methought it was very sweet;
    To...
  • In youth when I did love, did love,
    Methought it was very sweet;
    To contract- O- the time for- a- my behove,
    O, methought there- a- was nothing- a- meet.
  • (stage directions). [Clown digs and] sings.

    First Clown. In youth when I did love, did love,
    Methought it was very sweet;
    To contract- O- the time for- a- my behove,
    O, methought there- a- was nothing- a- meet.

15 V, 1, 3412
  • [sings]
    But age with his stealing steps
    Hath clawed me in his...
  • [sings]
    But age with his stealing steps
    Hath clawed me in his clutch,
    And hath shipped me intil the land,
    As if I had never been such.
  • Hamlet. 'Tis e'en so. The hand of little employment hath the daintier
    sense.

    First Clown. [sings]
    But age with his stealing steps
    Hath clawed me in his clutch,
    And hath shipped me intil the land,
    As if I had never been such.

16 V, 1, 3434
  • [Sings]
    A pickaxe and a spade, a spade,
    For and a shrouding sh...
  • [Sings]
    A pickaxe and a spade, a spade,
    For and a shrouding sheet;
    O, a Pit of clay for to be made
    For such a guest is meet.
    Throws up [another skull].
  • Hamlet. Why, e'en so! and now my Lady Worm's, chapless, and knock'd
    about the mazzard with a sexton's spade. Here's fine revolution,
    and we had the trick to see't. Did these bones cost no more the
    breeding but to play at loggets with 'em? Mine ache to think
    on't.

    First Clown. [Sings]
    A pickaxe and a spade, a spade,
    For and a shrouding sheet;
    O, a Pit of clay for to be made
    For such a guest is meet.
    Throws up [another skull].

17 V, 1, 3458
  • Mine, sir.
    [Sings] O, a pit of clay for to be made
    For such a g...
  • Mine, sir.
    [Sings] O, a pit of clay for to be made
    For such a guest is meet.
  • Hamlet. They are sheep and calves which seek out assurance in that. I
    will speak to this fellow. Whose grave's this, sirrah?

    First Clown. Mine, sir.
    [Sings] O, a pit of clay for to be made
    For such a guest is meet.

18 V, 1, 3462
  • You lie out on't, sir, and therefore 'tis not yours.
    For my part, I do not l...
  • You lie out on't, sir, and therefore 'tis not yours.
    For my part, I do not lie in't, yet it is mine.
  • Hamlet. I think it be thine indeed, for thou liest in't.

    First Clown. You lie out on't, sir, and therefore 'tis not yours.
    For my part, I do not lie in't, yet it is mine.

19 V, 1, 3466
  • 'Tis a quick lie, sir; 'twill away again from me to you.
  • 'Tis a quick lie, sir; 'twill away again from me to you.
  • Hamlet. 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.

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

20 V, 1, 3468
  • For no man, sir.
  • For no man, sir.
  • Hamlet. What man dost thou dig it for?

    First Clown. For no man, sir.

21 V, 1, 3470
  • For none neither.
  • For none neither.
  • Hamlet. What woman then?

    First Clown. For none neither.

22 V, 1, 3472
  • One that was a woman, sir; but, rest her soul, she's dead.
  • One that was a woman, sir; but, rest her soul, she's dead.
  • Hamlet. Who is to be buried in't?

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

23 V, 1, 3478
  • Of all the days i' th' year, I came to't that day that our
    last king Hamlet...
  • Of all the days i' th' year, I came to't that day that our
    last king Hamlet overcame Fortinbras.
  • Hamlet. How absolute the knave is! We must speak by the card, or
    equivocation will undo us. By the Lord, Horatio, this 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 galls
    his kibe.- How long hast thou been a grave-maker?

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

24 V, 1, 3481
  • Cannot you tell that? Every fool can tell that. It was the
    very day that you...
  • Cannot you tell that? Every fool can tell that. It was the
    very day that young Hamlet was born- he that is mad, and sent
    into England.
  • Hamlet. How long is that since?

    First Clown. Cannot you tell that? Every fool can tell that. It was the
    very day that young Hamlet was born- he that is mad, and sent
    into England.

25 V, 1, 3485
  • Why, because 'a was mad. 'A shall recover his wits there;
    or, if 'a do not,...
  • Why, because 'a was mad. 'A shall recover his wits there;
    or, if 'a do not, 'tis no great matter there.
  • Hamlet. Ay, marry, why was be sent into England?

    First Clown. Why, because 'a was mad. 'A shall recover his wits there;
    or, if 'a do not, 'tis no great matter there.

26 V, 1, 3488
  • 'Twill not he seen in him there. There the men are as mad as
    he.
  • 'Twill not he seen in him there. There the men are as mad as
    he.
  • Hamlet. Why?

    First Clown. 'Twill not he seen in him there. There the men are as mad as
    he.

27 V, 1, 3491
  • Very strangely, they say.
  • Very strangely, they say.
  • Hamlet. How came he mad?

    First Clown. Very strangely, they say.

28 V, 1, 3493
  • Faith, e'en with losing his wits.
  • Faith, e'en with losing his wits.
  • Hamlet. How strangely?

    First Clown. Faith, e'en with losing his wits.

29 V, 1, 3495
  • Why, here in Denmark. I have been sexton here, man and boy
    thirty years.
  • Why, here in Denmark. I have been sexton here, man and boy
    thirty years.
  • Hamlet. Upon what ground?

    First Clown. Why, here in Denmark. I have been sexton here, man and boy
    thirty years.

30 V, 1, 3498
  • Faith, if 'a be not rotten before 'a die (as we have many
    pocky corses now-a...
  • Faith, if 'a be not rotten before 'a die (as we have many
    pocky corses now-a-days that will scarce hold the laying in, I
    will last you some eight year or nine year. A tanner will last
    you nine year.
  • Hamlet. How long will a man lie i' th' earth ere he rot?

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

31 V, 1, 3503
  • Why, sir, his hide is so tann'd with his trade that 'a will
    keep out water a...
  • Why, sir, his hide is so tann'd with his trade that 'a will
    keep out water a great while; and your water is a sore decayer of
    your whoreson dead body. Here's a skull now. This skull hath lien
    you i' th' earth three-and-twenty years.
  • Hamlet. Why he more than another?

    First Clown. Why, sir, his hide is so tann'd with his trade that 'a will
    keep out water a great while; and your water is a sore decayer of
    your whoreson dead body. Here's a skull now. This skull hath lien
    you i' th' earth three-and-twenty years.

32 V, 1, 3508
  • A whoreson, mad fellow's it was. Whose do you think it was?
  • A whoreson, mad fellow's it was. Whose do you think it was?
  • Hamlet. Whose was it?

    First Clown. A whoreson, mad fellow's it was. Whose do you think it was?

33 V, 1, 3510
  • A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! 'A pour'd a flagon of
    Rhenish on my hea...
  • A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! 'A pour'd a flagon of
    Rhenish on my head once. This same skull, sir, was Yorick's
    skull, the King's jester.
  • Hamlet. Nay, I know not.

    First Clown. A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! 'A pour'd a flagon of
    Rhenish on my head once. This same skull, sir, was Yorick's
    skull, the King's jester.

34 V, 1, 3514
  • E'en that.
  • E'en that.
  • Hamlet. This?

    First Clown. E'en that.

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