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King. The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch,
Enter GUILDENSTERN, and ROSENCRANTZ,
[Ereunt RosENCRANTZ, and GUILDENSTERN, King. Come, Gertrude, we'll call up our wisest
friends, And let them know, both what we mean to do, And what's untimely done.
[Exeunt King and QUEEN.
Another Room in the Palace,
Ham. 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 spunge !—what replication should be made by the son of a king? Ros. Take you me for a spunge, 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 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. Ros. My lord, you must tell us where the body is,
with us to the king. Ham. Bring me to him. [Exeunt RosenCRANTZ, HAMLET, and Guil
An Apartment in the Palace,
Enter the King.
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?
Enter GUILDENSTERN and HAMLET.
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. Where is Polonius?
Ham. In Heaven ; send thither to see : if your messenger find him not there, seek him in the other place yourself. But if, indeed, you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stair into the lobby.
King. Go, seek him there.
Ham. For England !
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 HAMLET. King. Follow him at foot; tempt him with speed
aboard ; Away; for every thing is seald and done.
[Exit RosenCRANTZ. And, England, if my love thou hold'st at aught, Let it be testified in Hamlet's death.
Another Room in the Palace.
Enter the QUEEN and HORATIO. Queen. I will not speak with her. Hor. She is importunate ; indeed, distract: "Twere good she were spoken with ; for she may strew Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
Queen. Let her come in. [Exit HORATIO.
Enter HORATIO, with Ophelia.
Oph. [Sings.] How should I your true love know
From another one ?
And his sandal shoon.
[Sings.] He is dead and gone, lady,
He is dead and gone ;
At his heels a stone.
Queen. Nay, but, Ophelia,
Larded all with sweet flowers ;
go With true-love showers. King. How do you, pretty lady?
Oph. Well, Heaven 'ield you ! They say, the owl was a baker's daughter. We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
King. Conceit upon her father. Oph. Pray, let's have no words of this ; but when you,
what it means, say
All in the morning betime,
To be your Valentine.
And dupp'd the chamber door ;
Never departed more.
patient: but I cannot choose but weep, to think, they