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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

    Copyright Internet Shakespeare Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-proift purposes; for all other uses contact the Coordinating Editor.
    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.