|William Shakespeare (15641616). The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
[Another room in the castle]
Enter HORATIO with an Attendant
Hor. What are they that would speak with me?
| Att. Sailors, sir. They say they have letters for you.|
| Hor. Let them come in. [Exit Attendant.]|
|I do not know from what part of the world|| 4|
|I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.|
Sail. God bless you, sir.
| Hor. Let Him bless thee too.|
| Sail. He shall, sir, an t please Him. Theres a letter for you, sirit comes from the ambassador that was bound for Englandif your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.|| 8|
| [Hor.] (Reads.) Horatio, when thou shalt have overlookd this, give these fellows some means to the King; they have letters for him. Ere we 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. 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, 1 but they knew what they did: I am to do a good turn for them. Let the King have the letters I have sent, and repair thou to me with as much haste as thou wouldest fly death. I have words to speak in your ear will make thee dumb, yet are they much too light for the bore 2 of the matter. These good fellows will bring thee where I am. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hold their course for England; of them I have much to tell thee. Farewell.|
Come, I will give you way for these your letters;
| ||He that thou knowest thine,|
|And do t the speedier, that you may direct me|
|To him from whom you brought them. Exeunt.|