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Hamlet: Act IV, Scene 3

Hamlet
Act IV, Scene 3

Elsinore. Another room in Elsinore castle.

  1. Enter King and two or three.

Claudius

1 - 12
  1. I have sent to seek him, and to find the body.
  2. How dangerous is it that this man goes loose!
  3. Yet must not we put the strong law on him.
  4. He’s lov’d of the distracted multitude,
  5. Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes,
  6. And where ’tis so, th’ offender’s scourge is weigh’d,
  7. But never the offense. To bear all smooth and even,
  8. This sudden sending him away must seem
  9. Deliberate pause. Diseases desperate grown
  10. By desperate appliance are reliev’d,
  11. Or not at all.
  12. Enter Rosencrantz.
  13. How now, what hath befall’n?

Rosencrantz

13 - 14
  1. Where the dead body is bestow’d, my lord,
  2. We cannot get from him.

Claudius

15
  1.                         But where is he?

Rosencrantz

16
  1. Without, my lord, guarded, to know your pleasure.

Claudius

17
  1. Bring him before us.

Rosencrantz

18
  1.                      Ho, bring in the lord.
  1. They, Hamlet and Guildenstern, enter.

Claudius

19
  1. Now, Hamlet, where’s Polonius?

Hamlet

20
  1. At supper.

Claudius

21
  1. At supper? Where?

Hamlet

22 - 27
  1. Not where he eats, but where ’a is eaten; a certain
  2. convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. Your worm is
  3. your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else to fat
  4. us, and we fat ourselves for maggots; your fat king and your
  5. lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one
  6. tablethat’s the end.

Claudius

28
  1. Alas, alas!

Hamlet

29 - 30
  1. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and
  2. eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

Claudius

31
  1. What dost thou mean by this?

Hamlet

32 - 33
  1. Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through
  2. the guts of a beggar.

Claudius

34
  1. Where is Polonius?

Hamlet

35 - 38
  1. In heaven, send thither to see; if your messenger find him
  2. not there, seek him i’ th’ other place yourself. But if
  3. indeed you find him not within this month, you shall nose
  4. him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.

Claudius

39
  1. To Attendants.
  2. Go seek him there.

Hamlet

40
  1. ’A will stay till you come.
  1. Exeunt Attendants.

Claudius

41 - 47
  1. Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety
  2. Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve
  3. For that which thou hast donemust send thee hence
  4. With fiery quickness; therefore prepare thyself,
  5. The bark is ready, and the wind at help,
  6. Th’ associates tend, and every thing is bent
  7. For England.

Hamlet

48
  1.              For England.

Claudius

49
  1.              Ay, Hamlet.

Hamlet

50
  1.             Good.

Claudius

51
  1. So is it, if thou knew’st our purposes.

Hamlet

52 - 53
  1. I see a cherub that sees them. But come, for England!
  2. Farewell, dear mother.

Claudius

54
  1. Thy loving father, Hamlet.

Hamlet

55 - 56
  1. My mother: father and mother is man and wife, man and wife
  2. is one fleshso, my mother. Come, for England!
  1. Exit.

Claudius

57 - 71
  1. Follow him at foot, tempt him with speed aboard.
  2. Delay it not, I’ll have him hence tonight.
  3. Away, for every thing is seal’d and done
  4. That else leans on th’ affair. Pray you make haste.
  5. Exeunt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
  6. And, England, if my love thou hold’st at aught
  7. As my great power thereof may give thee sense,
  8. Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red
  9. After the Danish sword, and thy free awe
  10. Pays homage to usthou mayst not coldly set
  11. Our sovereign process, which imports at full,
  12. By letters congruing to that effect,
  13. The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England,
  14. For like the hectic in my blood he rages,
  15. And thou must cure me. Till I know ’tis done,
  16. How e’er my haps, my joys were ne’er begun.
  1. Exit.
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