Virgin Crants

Hamlet, [5.1.226-234]. Priest. “Her obsequies have been as far enlarg’d/ As we have warranty. Her death was doubtful,/ And, but that great command o’ersways the order,/ She should in ground unsanctified been lodg’d/ Till the last trumpet. For charitable prayers,/ Shards, flints, and pebbles should be thrown on her./ Yet here she is allow’d her virgin crants,/ Her maiden strewments, and the bringing home/ Of bell and burial.”

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Name for garlands, from the German kranz, used at the funerals of unmarried girls.

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  1. Hamlet Rennovation « PLANTS Says:

    […] that the word crants (if the Johnson reading is right) is, in all of Shakespeare, mentioned only here, in Hamlet, and that this name Rosencranz evokes both it and the rose, which is so significant in […]

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