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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: James Mardock
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Hamlet (Modern, based on the First Folio)


Enter Horatio with an Attendant.
Horatio What are they that would speak with me?
Servingman Sailors, sir. They say they have letters for you.
2975Horatio Let them come in.
[Exit Servingman.]
I do not know from what part of the world I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.
Enter Sailor [with one or more companions].
Sailor God bless you, sir.
2980Horatio Let him bless thee too.
Sailor He shall, sir, an't please him. There's a letter came for you, sir. It comes from th'ambassadors that was bound for England, if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.
[He gives a letter.]
Horatio Reads the letter. 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 2990slow of sail, we put on a compelled valor. 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 to thieves of mercy, but they knew what they did. I am do a good turn for them. Let the King have the letters I have 2995sent, and repair thou to me with as much haste as thou wouldest fly death. I have words to speak in your ear will make thee are dumb, yet 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 3000I have much to tell thee. Farewell.
He that thou knowest thine,
Hamlet.
[Horatio] Come, I will give you way for these your letters,
And do't the speedier that you may direct me
3005To him from whom you brought them.
Exit [with the sailors].