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SCENE I.-- The same.
Enter King, Queen, Rosencrantz, and Guilden
STERN. King. There's matter in these sighs; these profound
heaves; You must translate : 'tis fit we understand them: Where is your son ?
Queen. Bestow this place on us a little while. [To Rosencrantz and GUILDENSTERN, who go out. Ah, my good lord, what have I seen to-night!
King. What, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?
Queen. Mad as the sea, and wind, when both contend Which is the mightier: In his lawless fit, Behind the arras hearing something stir, Whips out his rapier, cries, A rat! a rat! And, in this brainish apprehension, kills The unseen good old man.
King. O heavy deed ! It had been so with us, had we been there : His liberty is full of threats to all; To you yourself, to us, to every one. Alas! how shall this bloody deed be answer'd ? It will be laid to us, whose providence Should have kept short, restrain'd, and out of haunt, This mad young man : but, so much was our love,
We would not understand what was most fit;
Queen. To draw apart the body he hath kill'd:
King. O, Gertrude, come away!
Enter RosenCRANTZ and GuildeNSTERN.
[Exeunt Ros, and Guil.
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? 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. :
Ham. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine
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 wbat you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you shall be dry
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 ; And where 'tis so, the offender's scourge is weigh’d, But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause: Diseases, desperate grown, By desperate appliance are reliev'd,
Ros. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord,
King. But where is he?
Enter Hamlet and Guildenstern.
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 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 With fiery quickness: Therefore, prepare thyself; The bark is ready, and the wind at help,