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Author: William Shakespeare
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Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)


Enter Horatio and others.
Hora. VVhat are they that would speake with me?
Gent. Sea-faring men sir, they say they haue Letters for you.
2975Hor. Let them come in.
I doe not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted. If not from Lord Hamlet.
Enter Saylers.
Say. God blesse you sir.
2980Hora. Let him blesse thee to.
Say. A shall sir and please him, there's a Letter for you sir, it came
frō th'Embassador that was bound for England, if your name be Ho-
ratio, as I am let to know it is.
Hor. Horatio, when thou shalt haue ouer-lookt this, giue these fel-
lowes some meanes to the King, they haue Letters for him: Ere wee
were two daies old at Sea, a Pyrat of very warlike appointment gaue
vs chase, finding our selues too slow of saile, wee put on a compelled
2990valour, and in the grapple I boorded them, on the instant they got
cleere of our shyp, so I alone became theyr prisoner, they haue dealt
with me like thieues of mercie, but they knew what they did, I am to
doe a turne for them, let the King haue the Letters I haue sent, and
2995repayre thou to me with as much speede as thou wouldest flie death,
I haue wordes to speake in thine eare will make thee dumbe, yet are
they much too light for the bord of the matter, these good fellowes
will bring thee where I am, Rosencraus and Guyldensterne hold theyr
course for England, of them I haue much to tell thee, farewell.
So that thou knowest thine Hamlet.
Hor. Come I will you way for these your letters,
And doo't the speedier that you may direct me
3005To him from whom you brought them.
Exeunt.