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Go, seek him out; speak fair, and bring the body Into the chapel. I pray you, haste in this.

[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. Come, Gertrude, we'll call up our wisest friends, And let them know both what we


And what's untimely done,

Whose whisper o'er the world's diameter,

As level as the cannon to his blank

mean to

Transports his poison'd shot, may miss our name, And hit the woundless air. O, come away!

My soul is full of discord, and dismay.



SCENE II.-Another Room in the Same.


Ham. Safely stowed.

Ros., Guil. [Within.] Hamlet! Lord Hamlet! Ham. What noise who calls on Hamlet? O, here they come.


Ros. What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?

Ham. Compounded it with dust, whereto 't is

Ros. Tell us where 't is, that we may take it


And bear it to the chapel.

Ham. Do not believe it.

Ros. Believe what?


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.

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 thing

Guil. A thing, my lord!


Ham. Of nothing:-bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after


SCENE III-Another Room in the Same.

Enter KING, attended.

King. I have sent to seek him, and to find the body.

How dangerous is it, that this man goes loose!
Yet must not we put the strong law on him:
He's loved of the distracted multitude,

Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes;
And where 't is so, the offender's Scourge is


But never the offence. To bear all smooth and


This sudden sending him away must seem
Deliberate pause: diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are relieved,

Or not at all.—


How now! what hath befallen?


Ros. Where the dead body is bestowed, my lord, We cannot get from him.


But where is he?

Ros. Without, my lord; guarded, to know your


King. Bring him before us.

Ros. Ho, Guildenstern! bring in my lord.


King. Now, Hamlet, where 's Polonius?
Ham At supper.

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 emperor 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.

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 i̇' the other place yourself. But, indeed, if you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.

King. [To some Attendants.] Go seek him there. Ham. He will stay till you come.


[Exeunt Attendants.

King. Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial


Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve

For that which thou hast done,-must send thee hence

With fiery quickness; therefore, prepare thyself.
The bark is ready, and the wind at help,

The associates tend, and everything is bent

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King. 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!

[Exit. King. Follow him at foot; tempt him with

speed aboard:

Delay it not, I'll have him hence to-night,
Away, for everything is sealed and done

That else leans on the affair: pray you, make haste,


[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. And. England, if my love thou hold'st at aught,—

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