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What, have you given him any hard words of
late? Oph. No, my good lord, but, as you did command,
I did repel his letters and denied
His access to me.
That hath made him mad.
A room in the castle.
Flourish. Enter King, Queen, Rosencrantz,
Guildenstern, and Attendants. King. Welcome, dear Rosencrantz and Guilden
stern! Moreover that we much did long to see you,
The need we have to use you did provoke
thus, That, opened, lies within our remedy. Queen. Good gentlemen, he hath much talked of
you; And sure I am two men there are not living To whom he more adheres. If it will please
To show us so much gentry and good will
As fits a king's remembrance. Ros.
Both your majesties Might, by the sovereign power you have of us, Put your dread pleasures more into command
Than to entreaty.
But we both obey,
To be commanded.
enstern. Queen. Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosen
crantz, And I beseech you instantly to visit My too much changed son. Go, some of you,
And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is. Guil. Heavens make our presence and our
practices Pleasant and helpful to him! Queen.
Ay, amen! [Exeunt Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and some Attendants.
Enter Polonius. Pol. The ambassadors from Norway, my good 40
lord, Are joyfully returned. King. Thou still hast been the father of good
news. Pol. Have I, my lord? Assure you, my good
I hold my duty as I hold my soul,
The very cause of Hamlet's lunacy. 50 King. O, speak of that; that do I long to hear. Pol. Give first admittance to the ambassadors.
My news shall be the fruit to that great feast. King. Thyself do grace to them, and bring them
[Exit Polonius. He tells me, my dear Gertrude, he bath found 55 The head and source of all your son's
distemper. Queen. I doubt it is no other but the main,
His father's death and our o’erhasty marriage. King. Well, we shall sift him. Re-enter Polonius, with Voltimand and Cornelius.
Welcome, my good friends! Say, Voltimand, what from our brother
Norway? 60 Volt. Most fair return of greetings and desires.
Upon our first, he sent out to suppress
But, better looked into, he truly found 65 It was against your highness. Whereat
grieved, That so his sickness, age, and impotence Was falsely borne in hand, sends out arrests
On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys,
And his commission to employ those soldiers,
[Giving a paper.
As therein are set down. King.
It likes us well; 80 And at our more considered time we'll read, Answer, and think upon this business. Meantime we thank you for your well-took
labour. Go to your rest; at night we'll feast together. Most welcome home!
[Exeunt Voltimand and Cornelius. Pol.
This business is well ended. 85