What a wonderful quote from Shakespeare
(I have added the words in red to explain the meaning)
Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Yorick! Hamlet sits in a cemtary and looks at Yorick’s skull.
I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest fun, of most excellent fancy wonderful imagination.
He hath borne carried me on his back a thousand times, and now,
how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. How sad and terrible it is to think about him being gone.
Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft.
—Where be your gibes teasing now? Your gambols dance, play, frolic ? Your songs?
Your flashes of merriment
that were wont to set the table on a roar? That made everyone at the table roar with laughter?
Not one now to mock your own grinning? No one now to laugh at your jokes?
Quite chapfallen? Do you feel sad about that?
Now get you to my lady’s chamber and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor
she must come. No matter how much makeup she puts on, her face will end up like yours—gone. Make her laugh at that.—Prithee, pray thee (I ask you) Horatio, tell me one thing…”
from Hamlet (Act 5, Scene 1)
This is such a wonderful quote from Shakespeare. Hamlet remembers what a fun and wonderful person Yorick was, and a fine friend. In fact he called him a man of infinite fun who had an incredible imagination to think up fun things to do and funny jokes. He was so good at it that he worked for the king as a jester.
“But where are your banters, teasings, your dancing, your songs, your flashes of merriment that made everybody at the table roar with laughter?” I think of a table full of people out in the forest surrounded by lush green trees with a bonfire nearby, children playing close to the table. What a wonderful time that must have been.
I had a friend like Yorick once. He was the kind of guy who could walk into a room and liven it up, make everyone laugh and have fun. What a joy to have a friend like that! Like the song says, those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end…
But my friend got married and I moved away and so we parted. I’ve never had a friend quite like him. He was always fun to be around, always there when I needed him. Have you had many friends like that? Leave a comment and tell us about some of your special friends.