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1882. Excerpt: ... AT THE GRAVE OF OPHELIA. Now it happened on an
evening In the merry month of May That the sorrow-stricken
relatives Did bury fair Ophelia. About the grave the mourners Were
standing wrapped in woe, When the good priest prayed and whispered,
"No further can we go. "You know her death was doubtful, Having
died a suicide, And therefore should this maid be lodged In ground
unsanctified." Now it fell out that Ophelia Had a brother, Laertes,
Who said, "Good priest, proceed ye With these solemn obsequies." Up
spake the good priest sharply, "We've enlarged her obsequies AT THE
GRAVE OF OPHELIA. 89 As much as we have warranty, You'll retire, if
you please." Young Laertes was angered, Or was pained, to say the
least, At what he termed the swindle Of a low-lived, ornery priest.
"But lay her i' the earth," said he, "The beauteous, fair young
thing; And from her unpolluted flesh May sweetest violets spring "
Then, turning to the priest, he said: "A million to a cent, That
she will sing in heaven When you below lament " With that he leaped
into the grave, And to the Sexton said: "Now pile your dust upon
the quick As well as on the dead, And make this flat a mountain In
height a mile or two, To o'ertop old Pelion or the head Of old
Olympus blue." And, speaking of Ophelia And the lips he oft had
kissed, 90 AT THE GRAVE OF OPHELIA. He rassled with the coffin Like
a resurrectionist. 'Twas an inauspicious moment For young Hamlet to
appear, When the fair Ophelia's brother Was so much upon his ear.
"May I ask whose grief," said Hamlet, "Bears such an emphasis? For
I never in all Denmark Saw aught to equal this; Whose phase of
sorrow conjures The wonder-wounded stars, And makes them pause and
listen From Jupiter to Mars?" And then he introduced himself As one
lately judged ins...
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