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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: David Bevington
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Hamlet (Modern, Folio)


[4.6]
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].