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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
 
Act IV. Scene VI.
 
Another Room in the Same.
 
Enter HORATIO and a Servant.
  Hor.  What are they that would speak with me?
  Serv.  Sailors, sir: they say, they have letters for you.
  Hor.  Let them come in.  [Exit Servant.        5
I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.
 
Enter Sailors.
  First Sail.  God bless you, sir.
  Hor.  Let him bless thee too.        10
  Sec. Sail.  He shall, sir, an ’t please him. There’s a letter for you, sir;—it comes from the ambassador that was bound for England;—if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.
  Hor.  Horatio, when thou shalt have over-looked 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 war-like 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, 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 wouldst fly death. I have words to speak in thine ear will make thee dumb; yet are they much too light for the bore 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.
He that thou knowest thine,        
HAMLET.    
Come, I will give you way for these your letters;
And do ’t the speedier, that you may direct me        15
To him from whom you brought them.  [Exeunt.
 
 
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