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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Ophelia’s Song
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “Hamlet,” Act IV. Scene 5

HOW 1 should I your true love know
  From another one?
By his cockle hat 2 and staff,
  And his sandal shoon.
 
He is dead and gone, lady,        5
  He is dead and gone;
At his head a grass-green turf,
  At his heels a stone.
 
White his shroud as the mountain snow,
  Larded 3 with sweet flowers,        10
Which bewept to the grave did go
  With true-love showers.
 
Note 1. Dr. Furness prints the traditional music of this song in his Variorum ed. of Hamlet, vol. i., p. 330. [back]
Note 2. Cockle hat: hat decorated with cockle or scallop-shells, which were worn by pilgrims as the badge of their vocation. (Schelling.) [back]
Note 3. Larded: arrayed. [back]
 
 
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