Hamlet* by William Shakespeare § 4.6

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ACT IV
SCENE VI. Another room in the castle.
[Enter HORATIO and a Servant]
HORATIO.
4035 What are they that would speak with me?
SERVANT.
Sailors, sir: they say they have letters for you.
HORATIO.
Let them come in.
4040 [Exit Servant]
I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.
[Enter Sailors]
FIRST SAILOR.
4045 God bless you, sir.
HORATIO.
Let him bless thee too.
FIRST SAILOR.
He shall, sir, an't please him. There's a letter for
4050 you, sir; it comes from the ambassador that was
bound for England; if your name be Horatio, as I am
let to know it is.
HORATIO.
[Reads] 'Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked
4055 this, give these fellows some means to the king:
they have letters for him. Ere we were two days old
at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us
chase. Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on
a compelled valour, and in the grapple I boarded
4060 them: on the instant they got clear of our ship; so
I alone became their prisoner. They have dealt with
me like thieves of mercy: but they knew what they
did; I am to do a good turn for them. Let the king
have the letters I have sent; and repair thou to me
4065 with as much speed as thou wouldst fly death. I
have words to speak in thine ear will make thee
dumb; yet are they much too light for the bore of
the matter. These good fellows will bring thee
where I am. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hold their
4070 course for England: of them I have much to tell
thee. Farewell.
'He that thou knowest thine, HAMLET.'
Come, I will make you way for these your letters;
And do't the speedier, that you may direct me
4075 To him from whom you brought them.
[Exeunt]

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