He hath, my lord, wrung from me my slow leave
By laboursome petition, and at last
Upon his will I seal'd my hard consent:
I do beseech you, give him leave to go.

from William Shakespeare – Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2 on Rap Genius


Polonius has finally given in to his son’s pleas to go back to France. He wants Claudius to give Laertes permission to go.

And, in his typical pompous manner, Polonius can’t simply say “Yes, m'lord,” but rather chooses to make a speech of four lines, just to reply in the affirmative.

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