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Help with Hamlet's Song
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1351  Wednesday, 2 July 2003

From:           Michael Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Jul 2003 07:59:56 -1000
Subject:        Help with Hamlet's Song

Following *The Mousetrap* Hamlet quotes a poem or song

'For thou dost know, O Damon dear,
This realm dismantled was
Of Jove himself; and now reigns here
A very, very--pajock.'
Horatio then says: 'You might have rhymed.' (III.ii.281-285.)

What's the missing word which might have rhymed with 'was'? Clearly an
Elizabethan audience was supposed to know. Equally clearly the word is
the opposite of Jove, therefore probably the name of some minor god or
fallen deity.

Help appreciated.

--Michael

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