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Scene Three 

A room in the castle

 

[Enter KING CLAUDIUSROSENCRANTZand GUILDENSTERN]

KING CLAUDIUS

I like him notnor stands it safe with us

To let his madness rangeTherefore prepare you

I your commission will forthwithdispatch

And he to England shall along with you

The terms of our estatemay not endure

Hazardso dangerous as doth hourlygrow

Out of his lunacies

GUILDENSTERN

We will ourselves provide

Most holyand religious fear it is

To keep those many many bodies safe

That live and feed upon your majesty

ROSENCRANTZ

The single and peculiarlife is bound

With all the strength and armourof the mind

To keep itself from noyancebut much more

That spirit upon whose wealdepend and rest

The lives of manyThe ceaseof majesty

Dies not alonebutlike a gulfdoth draw

What's near it with itit is a massywheel

Fix'd on the summitof the highest mount

To whose huge spokesten thousand lesserthings

Are mortisedand adjoin'dwhichwhen it falls

Each small annexmentpettyconsequence

Attends the boisterousruinNever alone

Did the king sighbut with a general groan

KING CLAUDIUS

ArmyouI pray youto this speedy voyage

For we will fetters put upon this fear

Which now goes too free-footed

ROSENCRANTZ

We will haste us

GUILDENSTERN

[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN]

[Enter POLONIUS]

LORD POLNIUS

My lordhe's going to his mother's closet

Behind the arrasI>ll conveymyself

To hear the processand warrantshe>ll tax himhome

Andas you saidand wisely was it said

>Tis meet that some more audience than a mother

Since nature makes them partialshould o>erhear

The speechof vantageFare you wellmy liege

I>ll call upon you ereyou go to bed

And tell you what I know

KING CLAUDIUS

Thanksdear my lord

[Exit POLONIUS]

Omy offenceis rankit smells to heaven

It hath the primaleldest curseupon>t

A brother's murderPray can I not

Though inclinationbe as sharp as will

My stronger guiltdefeats my strong intent

Andlike a man to double business bound

I stand in pause where I shall first begin

And both neglectWhat if this cursedhand

Were thicker than itself with brother's blood

Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens

To wash it white as snowWheretoserves mercy

But to confrontthe visageof offence

And what's in prayer but this two-foldforce

To be forestalledere we come to fall

Or pardon'd being downThen I>ll look up

My fault is past ButOwhat form of prayer

Can serve my turn>Forgive me my foul murder>

That cannot besince I am still possess'd

Of those effects for which I did the murder

My crownmine own ambition and my queen

May one be pardon'd and retainthe offence

In the corruptedcurrents of this world

Offence's gildedhand my shoveby justice

And oft>tis seen the wicked prize itself Buys out the law

but>tis not so above

There is no shufflingthere the action lies闪烁其辞

In his true natureand we ourselves compell'd

Even to the teeth and forehead of our faults

To give in evidenceWhat thenwhat rests

Try what repentancecanwhat can itnot

Yet what can it when one can not repent

O wretched stateO bosomblack as death

O limedsoulthatstruggling to be free

Artmore engagedHelpangelsMake assay

Bowstubbornknessandheart with strings of steel

Be soft as sinewsof the newborn babe

All may be well

[Retires and kneels]

[Enter HAMLET]

HAMLET

Now might I do it patnow he is praying

And now I>ll do>tAnd so he goes to heaven

And so am I revengedThat would be scann'd

A villainkills my fatherand for that

Ihis solesondo this same villain send

To heaven

Othis is hire and salarynot revenge

He took my father grosslyfull of bread

With all his crimes broad blownas flushas May

And how his auditstands who knows save heaven

But in our circumstance and course of thought

>Tis heavy with himand am I then revenged

To take him in the purgingof his soul

When he is fit and season'd for his passage

No

Upswordand know thou a more horridhent

When he is drunk asleepor in his rage

Or in the incestuouspleasure of his bed

At gamingswearingor about some act

That has no relishof salvationin>t

Then triphimthat his heels may kick at heaven

And that his soul may be as damn'dand black

As hellwheretoit goesMy mother stays

This physicbut prolongs thy sickly days

[Exit]

KING CLAUDIUS

[Rising]My words fly upmy thorghts remain below

Words without thoughts never to heaven go

[Exit]


 

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