ACT 4, SCENE 3: The Castle.

Enter KING and two or three.

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 loved of the distracted multitude,
Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes,                                 [5]
And where 'tis so, th' offender's scourge is weighed,
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 relieved,                                                      [10]
Or not at all.

Enter ROSENCRANTZ.

                           How now, what hath befallen?

ROSENCRANTZ: Where the dead body is bestowed, my lord,
We cannot get from him.

KING:                           But where is he?

ROSENCRANTZ: Without, my lord, guarded, to know your pleasure.

KING: Bring him before us.                                                                                  [15]

ROSENCRANTZ:                           Ho, bring in the lord.

They [HAMLET and GUILDENSTERN] enter.

KING: Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius?

HAMLET: At supper.

KING: At supper? where?

HAMLET: Not where he eats, but where 'a is eaten; a
certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him.                      [20]
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.                                                                                                         [25]

KING: Alas, alas!

HAMLET: A man may fish with the worm that hath
eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that
worm.

KING: What dost thou mean by this?                                                                [30]

HAMLET: Nothing but to show you how a king may
go a progress through the guts of a beggar.

KING: Where is Polonius?

HAMLET: In heaven. Send thither to see; if your mes-
senger find him not there, seek him i' th' other place                      [35]
yourself. But if indeed you find him not within this
month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into
the lobby.

KING: To Attendants. Go seek him there.

HAMLET: 'A will stay till you come.                                                                  [40]

Exeunt Attendants.

KING: Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety --
Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve
For that which thou hast done -- must send thee hence
With fiery quickness; therefore prepare thyself,
The bark is ready, and the wind at help,                                               [45]
Th' associates tend, and every thing is bent
For England.

HAMLET:             For England.

KING:                           Ay, Hamlet.

HAMLET:                           Good.

KING: So is it, if thou knew'st our purposes.

HAMLET: I see a cherub that sees them. But come, for
England! Farewell, dear mother.                                                            [50]

KING: Thy loving father, Hamlet.

HAMLET: My mother: father and mother is man and
wife, man and wife is one flesh -- so, my mother.
Come, for England!

Exit.

KING: Follow him at foot, tempt him with speed aboard.                            [55]
Delay it not, I'll have him hence to-night.
Away, for every thing is sealed and done
That else leans on th' affair. Pray you make haste.

Exeunt [all but the KING].

And, England, if my love thou hold'st at aught --
As my great power thereof may give thee sense,                                [60]
Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red
After the Danish sword, and thy free awe
Pays homage to us -- thou mayst not coldly set
Our sovereign process, which imports at full,
By letters congruing to that effect,                                                          [65]
The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England,
For like the hectic in my blood he rages,
And thou must cure me. Till I know 'tis done,
How e'er my haps, my joys were ne'er begun.

Exit.


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