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Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. Friends both, go join you with some further
Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain, And from his mother's closet hath he dragg'd him:
Go, seek him out; speak fair, and bring the body
Whose whisper o'er the world's diameter,
SCENE II.-Another Room in the same. Enter HAMLET.
Ham.-Safely stowed,-[Ros. &c. within. Hamlet! lord Hamlet!] But soft!-what noise? who calls on Hamlet? Oh! here they come.
Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN.
But never the offence. To bear all smooth and
Ros. Tell us where 'tis; that we may take it thence, And bear it to the chapel.
Ham. Do not believe it.
Ham. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a sponge-what replication should be made by the son of a king?
Ros. Take you me for a sponge, my lord? Ham. Ay, Sir; that soaks 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 ape, in the corner of his jaw; first mouthed, to be last swallowed : When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you shall be dry again.
This sudden sending him away must seem
1 A sport among children.
Ros. I understand you not, my lord.
Ham. I am glad of it: A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.
Ros. My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the king.
Ham. The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thingGuil. A thing, my lord?
Ham. Of nothing: bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after. ‡ [Exeunt. SCENE III-Another Room in the same. Enter KING, attended.
King. I have sent to seek him, and to find the body.
Enter HAMLET and GUILDENSTERN.
King. At supper? Where?
Ham. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only em peror for diet: we fat all creatures else, to fat us; and we fat ourselves for maggots: Your fat king, and your lean beggar, is but variable service; two dishes, but to one table; that's the end.
How dangerous is it, that this man goes loose?
King. Alas, alas!
Ham. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king; and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
King. What dost thou mean by this?
Ham. Nothing, but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar. King. Where is Polonius ?
Ham. In heaven; send thither to see if your messenger find him not there, seek him i'the other place yourself. Bat, indeed, if you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby. King. Go seek him there.
[To some Attendants. Ham. He will stay till you come. [Exeunt Attendants. King. Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety,Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve For that which thou hast done,-must send thee hence [self; With fiery quickness: Therefore, prepare thyThe bark is ready, and the wind at help, ' The associates tend, and every thing is bent For England.
Ham. For England? King. Ay, Hamlet. Ham. Good.
Ham. So is it, if thou knew'st our purposes. Ham. I see a cherub, that sees them. But, come; for England !-Farewell, dear mother. King. Thy loving father, Hamlet.
Ham. My mother: Father and mother is man and wife; man and wife is one flesh; and so, my mother. Come, for England. [Evil. King. Follow him at foot; tempt him with speed aboard;
Delay it not, I have him hence to-night:
That else leans on the affair: Pray you, make
And thou must cure me: Till I know 'tis done,
SCENE IV-A Plain in Denmark.
Tell him, that, by his licence, Fortinbras
If that his majesty would aught with us,
Cap. I will do't, my lord.
For. Go softly on.
[Exeunt FORTINBRAS and Forces.
Ham. Good Sir, whose powers are these?
Ham. How purpos'd, Sir,
I pray you?
Cap. Against some part of Poland.
When honour's at the stake. How stand I then,
SCENE V.-Elsinore.-A Room in the
Commands them, Sir?
Cap. The nephew to old Norway, Fortinbras.
Spurns enviously at straws; speaks things in
Cap. Truly to speak, Sir, and with no addi-
Which, as her winks, and nods, and gestures
We go to gain a little patch of ground,
Indeed would make one think, there might be
That hath in it no profit but the name.
To pay five ducats, five, I would not farm it;
Nor will it yield to Norway, or the Pole,
Thongh nothing sure, yet much unhappily.
A ranker rate, should it be sold in fee.
Let her come in.
Ham. Why, then the Polack 5 never will de- Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds:
Cap. Yes, 'tis already garrison'd.
Will not debate the question of this straw:
That inward breaks, and shows no cause with
Why the man dies.-I humbly thank you, Sir.
Looking before and after, gave us not
To fust in us unus'd. Now, whether it be
And, ever, three parts coward,-I do not know
Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and
To do't. Examples, gross as earth, exhort me :
King. How do yon, pretty lady?
Oph. Well, God'ield you! They say, the owl was a baker's daughter. Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be. God be at your table!
King. Conceit upon her father.
King. Pretty Ophelia !
Oph. Indeed, without an oath, I'll make an Give me my father.
Quoth she, before you tumbled me,
So would I ha' done, by yonder sun, An thou hadst not come to my bed. King. How long hath she been thus ? Oph. I hope, all will be well. We ust be patient but I cannot choose but weep, to think they should lay him i'the cold ground: My brother shall know of it, and so I thank you for your good counsel. Come, my coach! Good night, ladies; good night, sweet ladies: good night, good night. [Exit. King. Follow her close: give her good watch, I pray you. [Exit HORATIO. Oh! this is the poison of deep grief; it springs All from her father's death: And now behold, O Gertrude, Gertrude,
When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
Of his own just remove: The people muddied, Thick and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers,
For good Polonius' death; and we have done but greenly, $
In hugger mugger to inter him: Poor Ophelia Divided from herself, and her fair judgment; Without the which we are pictures, or mere
Last, and as much containing as all these,
Enter a GENTLEMAN.
Queen. How cheerfully on the false trail they cry!
Oh! this is counter, you false Danish dogs. King. The doors are broke. [Noise within. Enter LAERTES, armed; DANES following. Laer. Where is this king ?-Sirs, stand you all without.
Dan. No, let's come in.
Laer. I pray you, give me leave. Dan. We will, we will.
[They retire without the door. Laer. I thank you :-keep the door.-O thou vile king,
Queen. Calmly, good Laertes.
Laer. That drop of blood that's calm, proclaims me bastard;
Cries cuckold to my father; brands the harlot Even here, between the chaste unsmirched brow Of my true mother.
King. What is the cause, Laertes, That thy rebellion looks so giant-like ?Let him go, Gertrude; do not fear our person; There's such divinity doth hedge a king, That treason can but peep to what it would, Acts little of his will.-Tell me, Laertes, Why thou art thus incens'd;-Let him go, GerSpeak, man. [trude ;
Laer. Where is my father? King. Dead.
Queen. But not by him.
Laer. How canie he dead? I'll not be juggled with:
To hell, allegiance! vows, to the blackest devil!
King. Who shall stay you?
King. Why, now you speak
Like a good child, and a true gentleman.
Danes. [Within.] Let her come in.
Enter OPHELIA, fantastically dressed with Straws and Flowers.
O heat, dry up my brains! tears seven times salt,
Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye !By heaven, thy madness shall be paid with weight,
Till our scale turn the beam. O rose of May 1
Nature is fine in love: and, where 'tis fine,
+ Hounds run counter when they trace the scent
1 Clean, undefiled.
1 Sail. God bless you, Sir.
1 Sail. He shall, Sir, an't please him. There's a letter for you, Sir; it comes from the ambassador that was bound for England; if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.
Hor. [Reads.] Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked this, give these fellows some means to the king; they have letters for him. Ere bewe were two days old at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us chase: Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on a compelled valour: and in the grapple I boarded them: on the instant, they got clear of our ship; so I alone became their prisoner. They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy; but they knew what they did; I am to do a good turn for them. Let the king Oph. There's fennel for you, and colum- have the letters I have sent; and repair thou bines-there's rue for you; and here's some to me with as much haste as thou wouldst fly for me:-we may call it, herb of grace o'Sun- death. I have words to speak in thine ear, days-you may wear your rue with a differ-will make thee dumb; yet are they much too ence. There's a daisy-I would give you light for the bore of the matter. These good some violets; but they withered all, when my fellows will bring thee where I am. Rosenfather died:-They say, he made a good crantz and Guildenstern hold their course for end,England: of them I have much to tell thee. Farewell.
For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy,
It sends some precious instance of itself
Oph. They bore him barefac'd on the bier :
Laer. Hadst thou thy wits, and didst persuade
Oph. You must sing, Down-a-down, an you
Laer. This nothing's more than matter.
Laer. A document in madness; thoughts and
[Sings. Laer. Thought and affliction, passsion, hell itself,
She turns to favour, and to prettiness.
Oph. And will he not come again?
Go to thy death-bed,
His heard was as white as snow,
He is gone, he is gone,
And of all Christian souls! I pray God. God
Or you deny me right. Go but apart,
Our crown, our life, and all that we call ours,
Be you content to lend your patience to us,
No noble rite, nor formal ostentation,
Cry to be heard, as 'twere from heaven to earth,
King. So you shall;
And where the offence is, let the great axe fall.
Enter HORATIO, and a SERVANT.
Serv. Sailors, Sir;
They say, they have letters for you.
• The burden.
herb of grace;" mine is merely rue, ie, sorrow.
He that thou knowest thine, Hamlet. Come, I will give you way for these your letters;
Lives almost by his looks; and, for myself,
Laer. Let this be so;
His means of death, bis obscure funeral,
No trophy, sword, nor hatchment, o'er his Is, the great love the general gender ↑ bear him:
Who, dipping all his faults in their affection,
Laer. And so have I a noble father lost;
her perfections :-But my revenge will
And do't the speedier, that you may direct me
[Exeunt. SCENE VII.-Another Room in the same. Enter KING and LAERtes.
King. Now must your conscience my acquittance seal,
And you must put me in your heart for friend;
Laer. It well appears :-But tell me,
As by your safety, greatness, wisdom, all things
You mainly were stirr'd up.
King. Oh! for two special reasons; Which may to you, perhaps, seem much unsinew'd, t
But yet to me they are strong. The queen his mother,
King. Break not your sleeps for that: you
+ Deprived of strength. t Common people. Petrifying springs are common in many parts of England. ¡Fetters.
'They were given me by Claudio, he receiv'd
Of him that brought them.
King. Laertes, you shall hear them :Leave us. [Exit MESSENGER.Now, [Reads.] High and mighty, you shall know, I am set naked on your kingdom. To-morrow shall I beg leave to see your kingly eyes; when I shall, first asking your pardon thereunto, recount the occasion of my sudden and more Hamlet. strange return. What should this mean! Are all the rest come back?
Or is it some abuse, and no such thing?
Laer. Know you the hand?
King. 'Tis Hamlet's character. Naked,And in a postscript here, he says, alone: Can you advise me?
But that I know, love is begun by time;
Laer. I am lost in it, my lord. But let him Dies in his own too-much: That we would do,
We should do when we would; for this would changes,
It warms the very sickness in my heart,
King. If it be so, Laertes,
As how should it be so? how otherwise?
King. The very same.
Laer. I know him well, he is the brooch, * indeed,
And gem of all the nation.
King. He made confession of you:
He swore had neither motion, guard, nor eye,
Later. What out of this, my lord?
King. Laertes, was your father dear to you?
Will you be rul'd by me?
Laer. Ay, my lord;
So you will not o'errule me to a peace.
Laer. Why ask you this?
King. Not that I think, you did not love your
King. It falls right.
You have been talk'd of since your travel much,
Laer. A Norman, was't?
• Objecting to.
Laer. To cut his throat i'the church.
As checking at his voyage, and that he means
King. No place, indeed, should murder sanc-
Under the which he shall not choose but fall:
Revenge should have no bounds. But, good
But even his mother shall uncharge the practice, Hamlet, return'd, shall know you are coine And call it, accident.
Laer. My lord, I will be rul'd;
The rather, if you could devise it so.
That I might be the organ.
And bath abatements and delays as many,
Hamlet comes back; What would you under-
To show yourself in deed your father's son
We'll put on those shall praise your excellence,
The Frenchman gave you; bring you, in fine,
And wager o'er your heads: he, being remiss,
Laer. I will do't:
Laer. What part is that, my lord?
King. A very ribband in the cap of youth,
Here was a gentlemen of Normandy ;-
Had witchcraft in't; he grew unto his seat;
And, for the purpose, I'll anoint my sword.
King. Let's further think of this;
May fit us to our shape: if this should fail,
'Twere better not assay'd; therefore this project
Should have a back, or second, that might bold,