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First Clown

A whoreson mad fellow’s it was: whose do you think it was?


Nay, I know not.

First Clown

A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! a’ poured a

flagon of Rhenish on my head once. This same skull,

sir, was Yorick’s skull, the king’s jester.



First Clown

E’en that.


Let me see.

Takes the skull

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow

of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath

borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how

abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at

it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know

not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your

gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,

that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one

now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?

Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let

her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must

come; make her laugh at that. Prithee, Horatio, tell

me one thing.


What’s that, my lord?


Dost thou think Alexander looked o’ this fashion i’

the earth?


E’en so.


And smelt so? pah!

Puts down the skull


E’en so, my lord.


To what base uses we may return, Horatio! Why may

not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander,

till he find it stopping a bung-hole?

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