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SCENE II.-Another room in the same.
Ham. Safely stowed,-[Ros. &c. within. Hamlet! lord Hamlet!] But soft,-what noise? who calls on Hamlet? O, here they come.
Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN.
Ros. 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, 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 lov'd of the distracted multitude,
Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes;
Deliberate pause: Diseases, desperate grown,
Or not at all.-How now? what hath befallen?
Ros. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord, We cannot get from him.
King. But where is he?
Ros. Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure.
King. Bring him before us.
Ros. Ho! Guildenstern! bring in my lord.
Enter HAMLET and GUILDENSTERN.
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
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. But, 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
The associates tend, and every thing is bent
Ham. For England?
King. Ay, Hamlet.
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.
Hum. My mother: Father and mother is man and wife; man and wife is one flesh and so, my mother. Come, for England.
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 seal'd and done,
That else leans on the affair; Pray you, make haste.
[Exeunt Ros. and GUIL.
And, England, if my love thou hold'st at aught,
After the Danish sword, and thy free awe
Pays homage to us,) thou may'st not coldly set
The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England;
SCENE IV.-A Plain in Denmark.
Enter FORTINBRAS, and Forces, marching.
For. Go, captain, from me greet the Danish king; Tell him, that, by his licence, Fortinbras Craves the conveyance of a promis'd march Over his kingdom. You know the rendezvous. If that his majesty would aught with us,
We shall express our duty in his eye,
And let him know so.
Cap. I will do't, my lord.
For. Go softly on.
[Exeunt FORTINBRAS and Forces.
Enter HAMLET, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, &c.
Ham. Good sir, what powers are these?
Cup. They are of Norway, sir.
Ham. How purpos'd, sir,
I pray you?
Cap. Against some part of Poland.
Commands them, sir?
Cap. The nephew to old Norway, Fortinbras.
Cap. Truly to speak, sir, and with no addition,