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Scene Three 

Another room in the castle

 

[Enter KING CLAUDIUSattended]

KING CLAUDIUS

I have sent to seek himand 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 loved of the distractedmultitude

Who like not in their judgmentbut their eyes

And where tis sothe offender'sscourgeis weigh'd

But never the offenceTo bear all smooth and even

This sudden sending him away must seem

Deliberatepausediseases desperate grown

By desperate appliance are relieved

Or not at all

[Enter ROSENCRANTZ]

How nowwhat hath befall>n

ROSENCRANTZ

Where the dead body is bestow'dmy lordWe cannot get from him

KING CLAUDIUS

But where is he

ROSENCRANTZ

Withoutmy lordguardedto know your pleasure

KING CLAUDIUS

Bring him before us

ROSENCRANTZ

HoGuildensternbring in my lord

[Enter HAMLET and GUILDENSTERN]

KING CLAUDIUS

NowHamletwhere's Polonius

HAMLET

At supper

KING CLAUDIUS

At supperwhere

HAMLET

Not where he eatsbut where he is eatena certain

convocationof politicwormsare e>enat himYour worm

is your only emperor for dietwe fatall

creatures else to fat usand we fat ourselves for

maggotsyour fat king and your leanbeggar is but

variable servicetwo dishesbut to one table

that's the end

KING CLAUDIUS

Alasalas

HAMLET

A man may fishwith the worm that hath eat of a

kingand cat of the fish that hath fed of that worm

KING CLAUDIUS

What dostyou mean by this

HAMLET

Nothing but to show you how a king may go a

progress through the gutsof a beggar

KING CLAUDIUS

Where is Polonius

HAMLET

In heavensend hitherto seeif your messenger

find him not thereseek him i>the other place

yourselfBut indeedif you find him not within

this monthyou shall nosehim as you go up thestairsinto the lobby

KING CLAUDIUS

Go seek him there

[To some Attendants]

HAMLET

He will stay till yecome

[Exeunt Attendants]

KING CLAUDIUS

Hamletthis deedfor thineespecial safety,——

Which we do tenderas we dearly grieve

For that which thou hast done,——must send thee hence

With fieryquicknesstherefore prepare thyself

The barkis readyand the wind at help

The associatestendand every thing is bent

For England

HAMLET

For England

KING CLAUDIUS

AyHamlet

HAMLET

Good

KING CLAUDIUS

So is itif thou knew'stour purposes

HAMLET

I see a cherubthat sees themButcomefor

EnglandFarewelldear mother

KING CLAUDIUS

Thy loving fatherHamlet

HAMLET

My motherfather and mother is man and wifeman

and wife is one fleshand somy motherComefor

England

[Exit]

KING CLAUDIUS

Follow him at foottempt him with speed aboard

Delay it notI>ll have him hence to-night

Awayfor every thing is seal'dand done

That else leanson the affairpray youmake haste

[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN]

AndEnglandif my love thou hold'st at aught——

As my great pewer thereofmay give thee sense

Since ye thy cicatricelooks rawand red

After the Danish swordand thy free awe

Pays homageto us——thou maystnot coldly set

Our sovereignprocesswhich importsat full

By letters congruingto that effect

The present death of HamletDo itEngland

For like the hecticin my blood he rages

And thou must cure metill I know>tis done

Howe>ermy hapsmy joys were ne>erbegun

[Exit]


 

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