Hamlet* by William Shakespeare § 4.1

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ACT IV
SCENE I. A room in the castle.
[Enter KING CLAUDIUS, QUEEN GERTRUDE, ROSENCRANTZ, and GUILDENSTERN]
KING CLAUDIUS.
There's matter in these sighs, these profound heaves:
You must translate: 'tis fit we understand them.
3415 Where is your son?
QUEEN GERTRUDE.
Bestow this place on us a little while.
[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN]
Ah, my good lord, what have I seen to-night!
3420 KING CLAUDIUS.
What, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?
QUEEN GERTRUDE.
Mad as the sea and wind, when both contend
Which is the mightier: in his lawless fit,
3425 Behind the arras hearing something stir,
Whips out his rapier, cries, 'A rat, a rat!'
And, in this brainish apprehension, kills
The unseen good old man.
KING CLAUDIUS.
3430 O heavy deed!
It had been so with us, had we been there:
His liberty is full of threats to all;
To you yourself, to us, to every one.
Alas, how shall this bloody deed be answer'd?
3435 It will be laid to us, whose providence
Should have kept short, restrain'd and out of haunt,
This mad young man: but so much was our love,
We would not understand what was most fit;
But, like the owner of a foul disease,
3440 To keep it from divulging, let it feed
Even on the pith of Life. Where is he gone?
QUEEN GERTRUDE.
To draw apart the body he hath kill'd:
O'er whom his very madness, like some ore
3445 Among a mineral of metals base,
Shows itself pure; he weeps for what is done.
KING CLAUDIUS.
O Gertrude, come away!
The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch,
3450 But we will ship him hence: and this vile deed
We must, with all our majesty and skill,
Both countenance and excuse. Ho, Guildenstern!
[Re-enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN]
Friends both, go join you with some further aid:
3455 Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain,
And from his mother's closet hath he dragg'd him:
Go seek him out; speak fair, and bring the body
Into the chapel. I pray you, haste in this.
[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN]
3460 Come, Gertrude, we'll call up our wisest friends;
And let them know, both what we mean to do,
And what's untimely done. O, come away!
My soul is full of discord and dismay.
[Exeunt]

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