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The Linnet's Wings

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 hallowd 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.


The Linnets Wings