Ophelia’s Crazy Song

Did you know Ophelia actually sings a lunacy song in Hamlet?  It’s sprinkled throughout the act, but here’s the basic text. Enjoy!

Ophelia crazy 1

Crazy Ophelia – from O’my Theater’s production of my Hamlet for Kids


How should I your true love know

  From another one?

By his cockle hat and staff,

  And his sandal shoon.

He is dead and gone, lady,

  He is dead and gone,

At his head a grass-green turf,

  At his heels a stone.

Ophelia crazy 2Larded all with sweet flowers,

Which bewept to the ground did not go

  With true-love showers.

Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day,

  All in the morning betime,

And I a maid at your window,

  To be your Valentine.

Then up he rose, and donned his clothes,

  And dupped the chamber door.

Let in the maid that out a maid

  Never departed more.

By Gis and by Saint Charity,

  Alack, and fie, for shame!

Young men will do ’t, if they come to ’t.

  By Cock, they are to blame.

Quoth she, “Before you tumbled me,

  You promised me to wed.”

He answers,

“So would I ha’ done, by yonder sun,

  An thou hadst not come to my bed.”

They bore him barefaced on the bier,

  Hey, non nonny, nonny, hey, nonny,

And in his grave rained many a tear.

And will he not come again?

And will he not come again?

  No, no, he is dead,

  Go to thy deathbed.

He never will come again.

His beard was as white as snow,

All flaxen was his poll.

  He is gone, he is gone,

  And we cast away moan,

God ha’ mercy on his soul.—

Ophelia’s Crazy Song was originally published on Shakespeare for Kids Books

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