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  • Title: Hamlet (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: David Bevington
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

    Copyright David Bevington. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: David Bevington
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    Hamlet (Folio 1, 1623)

    Enter Horatio, with an Attendant.
    Hora. What are they that would speake with me?
    Ser. Saylors sir, they say they haue Letters for you.
    2975Hor. Let them come in,
    I do not know from what part of the world
    I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.
    Enter Saylor.
    Say. God blesse you Sir.
    2980Hor. Let him blesse thee too.
    Say. Hee shall Sir, and't please him. There's a Letter
    for you Sir: It comes from th' Ambassadours that was
    bound for England, if your name be Horatio, as I am let
    to know it is.
    2985Reads the Letter.
    HOratio, When thou shalt haue ouerlook'd this, giue these
    Fellowes some meanes to the King: They haue Letters
    for him. Ere we were two dayes old at Sea, a Pyrate of very
    Warlicke appointment gaue vs Chace. Finding our selues too
    2990slow of Saile, we put on a compelled Valour. In the Grapple, I
    boorded them: On the instant they got cleare of our Shippe, so
    I alone became their Prisoner. They haue dealt with mee, like
    Theeues of Mercy, but they knew what they did. I am to doe
    a good turne for them. Let the King haue the Letters I haue
    2995sent, and repaire thou to me with as much hast as thou wouldest
    flye death. I haue words to speake in your eare, will make thee
    dumbe, yet are they much too light for the bore of the Matter.
    These good Fellowes will bring thee where I am. Rosincrance
    and Guildensterne, hold their course for England. Of them
    3000I haue much to tell thee, Farewell.
    He that thou knowest thine,
    Come, I will giue you way for these your Letters,
    And do't the speedier, that you may direct me
    3005To him from whom you brought them. Exit.