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Quote 'Alas poor Yorick' from Shakespeare?

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2008-05-30 13:48:32

Hamlet, Act 5 , scene 1. Hamlet and Horatio are in a

churchyard with two gravediggers. Hamlet holds a skull, that of

Yorick, a king's jester, and says, "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." A common misquotation of the famous line, "Alas,

poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio," is "Alas, poor Yorick! I

knew him, well."

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