ACT 4, SCENE 6: The Castle.

Enter HORATIO and others.

HORATIO: What are they that would speak with me?

GENTLEMAN: Sea-faring men, sir. They say they
have letters for you.

HORATIO: Let them come in.

[Exit Gentleman.]

I do not know from what part of the world                                         [5]
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.


FIRST SAILOR: God bless you, sir.

HORATIO: Let him bless thee too.

FIRST SAILOR: 'A shall, sir, and 't please him. There's a letter
for you, sir -- it came from th' ambassador that was                         [10]
bound for England -- if your name be Horatio, as I am
let to know it is.

HORATIO: [Reads.] "Horatio, when thou
shalt have overlooked this, give these fellows some
means to the King, they have letters for him. Ere we                       [15]
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                           [20]
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 wouldest fly
death. I have words to speak in thine ear will make                         [25]
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.                                                                                                       [30]
                           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
To him from whom you brought them.


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