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We would not understand what was most fit;
Queen. To draw apart the body he hath kill'd:
King. 0, Gertrude, come away!
Enter RosenCRANTZ, and GUILDENSTERN. Friends both, go join you with some further aid : 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 Into the chapel. I pray you, haste in this.
[Exeunt Ros. and Guil. Come, Gertrude, we'll call up our wisest friends; And let them know, 'both what we mean to do, And what's untimely done: for haply, slander, Whose whisper o'er the world's diameter, As level as the cannon to his blank, Transports his poison's shot, may miss our name, And hit the woundless air-o, come away! My soul is full of discord, and dismay. [Exeunt.
Another Room. Enter HAMLET.
Ham. -Safely stow'd, But soft,
Ham. What noise ? who calls on Hamlet ? O, here they come:
50 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
Ham. Do not believe it.
Ham. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. . Besides, to be demanded of a spunge !-what replication should be made by the son of a king ?
Ros. Take you me for a spunge, my lord ? 60
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 : 'st mouth'd, to be last swallow'd: When he needs what you have glean'd, it is but squeezing you, and, spunge, 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.
70 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 hiin. Hide fox; and all after.
Another Room. Enter the King.
Ros. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord, . We cannot get from him.
King. But where is he?
Enter HAMLET, and GUILDENSTERN.
Ham. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten : a certain convocation of politick 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.
103 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 shew 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.
[Exeunt Attendants. King Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial
Ham. For England ?
Ham. I see a cherub, that sees them.--But, come; for England !-Farewel, dear mother.
131 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 every thing is seald 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 140 (As my great power thereof may give thee sense ;