William Shakespeare – Hamlet Act 4 Scene 6


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SCENE VI. Another room in the castle.

Enter HORATIO and a Servant

What are they that would speak with me?

Sailors, sir: they say they have letters for you.

Let them come in.

Exit Servant

I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.

Enter Sailors

God bless you, sir.

Let him bless thee too.

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.

[Reads] 'Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked
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 warlike appointment gave us
Chase. Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on
A compelled valour, and 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 speed 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 make you way for these your letters;
And do't the speedier, that you may direct me
To him from whom you brought them.


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