Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 5

page Act 1 Scene 5 Page 7

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HAMLET

    Nay, but swear ’t.

HAMLET

No, you have to swear it.

HORATIO

In faith, my lord, not I.

HORATIO

I swear to God I won’t.

MARCELLUS

    Nor I, my lord, in faith.

MARCELLUS

Me too, I won’t, I swear to God.

HAMLET

Upon my sword.

HAMLET

Swear by my sword.

MARCELLUS

  We have sworn, my lord, already.

MARCELLUS

But we already swore, sir.

HAMLET

150Indeed, upon my sword, indeed.

HAMLET

Yes, but swear by my sword this time.

GHOST

(cries under the stage) Swear!

GHOST

(calls out from under the stage) Swear!

HAMLET

Ha, ha, boy! Sayst thou so? Art thou there, truepenny?
Come on, you hear this fellow in the cellarage.
Consent to swear.

HAMLET

Ha ha, is that what you say, kid? Are you down there, my man?—Come on, you hear this guy down in the basement. Agree to swear.

HORATIO

155Propose the oath, my lord.

HORATIO

Tell us what to swear, sir.

HAMLET

Never to speak of this that you have seen.
Swear by my sword.

HAMLET

You swear never to mention what you’ve seen. Swear by my sword.

GHOST

(beneath) Swear.

GHOST

(from under the stage) Swear.

HAMLET

Hic et ubique? Then we’ll shift our ground.
Come hither, gentlemen,
160And lay your hands again upon my sword.
Swear by my sword
Never to speak of this that you have heard.

HAMLET

You’re everywhere, aren’t you? Maybe we should move. Come over here, gentlemen, and put your hands on my sword again. Swear by my sword you’ll never mention what you’ve heard.

GHOST

(beneath) Swear by his sword.

GHOST

(from under the stage) Swear by his sword.

HAMLET

Well said, old mole! Canst work i' th' earth so fast?
165A worthy pioneer! Once more remove, good friends.

HAMLET

You said it right, old mole. You’re pretty busy down there in the dirt, aren’t you? What a tunneler! Let’s move again, my friends.