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Another Room in the same.
Ham. -Safely stow'd,-[Ros. &c. within. Hamlet! lord Hamlet !] But soft,—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.
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, 94 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, and go
with us to the king. Ham. The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body 95. The king is a thing —
Guil. A thing, my lord?
Ham. Of nothing: bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after.
Another Room in the same.
Enter King, attended. King. I have sent to seek him, and 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 lov'd of the distracted multitude, Who like not in their judgement, but their eyes ; And, where 'tis so, the offender's scourge is weigh'd, But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause: Diseases, desperate grown, By desperate appliance are reliev'd,
Or not at all. -How now? what hath befallen?
Ros. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord, We cannot get from him.
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.
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
King. What dost thou mean by this?
Ham. Nothing, but to show 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. VOL. XIV.
King. Go seek him there. [To some Attendants. Ham. He will stay till you come.
Ham. For England?
Good. King. So is it, if thou knew'st our purposes.
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. 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 seal'd and done That else leans on the affair: Pray you, make haste.
[Ereunt Ros, and Guil. And, England, if my love thou hold'st at aught, (As my great power thereof may give thee sense; Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red
After the Danish sword, and thy free awe
A Plain in Denmark,
Enter FORTINBRAS, and Forces, marching.
I will do't, my
lord. For. Go softly on.
[Exeunt Fortinbras und Forces. Enter Hamlet, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDEN STERN,
Good sir, whose powers are these? Cap. They are of Norway, sir.