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And let them know both what we mean to do,
S CE N E II.
Ob come away,
Ham. Safely stowed----
Ham. What noise? who calls on Hamlet?
Enter Rosincrosse and Guildenstern. Rof. What have you done, my lord, with the dead body? Ham. Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin.
Ros. Tell us where 'tis, that we may take it thence,
Ham. Do not believe it.
Ham. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a spunge, what replication should be made by the son of a King ?
Ros. Take you me for a spunge, my lord ?
Ham. Ay, Sir, that sokes up the King's countenance, his rewards, his authorities ; but such officers do the King best service in the end; he keeps them like an 'apple in the corner of his
first mouth’d, to be last swallow'd: when he needs what you have glean’d, it is but squeezing you, and spunge, you shall be dry again.
Rof. I understand you not, my lord.
Rof. My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the King.
a ape :
Ham. The body is with the King, bar the King is not with the body. The King is a thing---
Guild. A thing, my lord ?
Ham. Of nothing: bring me to him, hide fox, and all after.
(Exeunt. S CE N E III.
Rof. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord,
King. But where is he ?
Enter Hamlet and Guildenstera.
King. At supper ? where :
Ham. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten, a certain convocation of politique worms are at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat our selves for maggots. Your fat King and your lean beggar is but variable fervice, two dishes to one table, that's the end.
King. Alas, alas!
Ham. t A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a King, and eat of the filh thar hath fed of chat worm.
King. What dost thou mean by this ?
Ham. Nothing but to Thew you how a King may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.
King. Where is Polonius?
Ham. In heav'n, send thither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek bim ith other place your self. But indeed, if you
find him not this month, you shall nofe him as you go up the stairs into the lobbey.
King. Go seek him there.
King. Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety
Ham. For England ?
Ham. I see a Cherub that fees them; but come, for England! farewel, dear mother.
King. fadded from the old edit,
King. Thy loving father, Hamlet.
Ham. My mother : father and mother, is man and wife; man and wife is one Aesh, and so my mother. Come, for England.
[Exit. King. Follow him at. foot, tempt him with speed aboard; Delay it not, : I'll have him hence to-night. Away, for every thing is seald and done That else leans on th' affair ; pray you make haste. And England! if my love thou hold'st at ought, As my great power thereof may give thee sense, Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red After the Danish sword, and thy free awe Pays homage to’us; thou may'st not coldly set Our sovereign process, which imports at full By letters "congruing to that effect, The present death of Hamlet. Do it England: For like the hectick in my blood he rages, And thou must cure me; 'till I know 'tis done, How-e'er my haps, my joys will ne'er begin.
Enter Fortinbras with an army.
Tell him that by his license, Fortinbras
Capt. I will do't, my lord.
Ham. Goes it against the main of Poland, Sir,
Capt. Truly to speak it, and with no addition,
Ham. Why then the Polacke never will defend it.
Ham. Two thousand souls, and twenty thousand ducats
Cap. God b’w'ye, Sir.
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