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Lines spoken after the ghost's exit

Act I, Scene 1 from Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1603)




BERNARDO: It was about to speak, when the cock crew.




HORATIO: And then it started, like a guilty thing

Upon a fearful summons. I have heard

The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn,´¿

Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat

Awake the god of day; and at his warning,

Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air,

Th´¿ extravagant and erring spirit hies

To his confine; and of the truth herein

This present object made probation.




MARCELLUS: It faded on the crowing of the cock.

Some say that ever, ´¿gainst that season comes

Wherein our Saviour´¿s birth is celebrated,

The bird of dawning singeth all night long;

And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad,

The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike,

No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,

So hallow´¿d and so gracious is the time.




HORATIO: So have I heard and do in part believe it.

But look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,

Walks o´¿er the dew of yon high eastward hill.

Break we our watch up; and by my advice

Let us impart what we have seen to-night

Unto young Hamlet; for, upon my life,

This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him.


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