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Act IV. Scene VI.

Scene VI.—Another .Room in the Same.

Enter HORATIO and a Servant.

Hor. What are they that would speak with
me?
Serv. Sailors, sir: they say, they have letters
for you.
Hor. Let them come in. [Exit Servant.
I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.

Enter Sailors.
First Sail. God bless you, sir.
Hor. Let him bless thee too.
Sec. Sail. He shall, sir, an't please him.
There's a letter for 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.
Hor. Horatio, when thou shalt have over-
looked 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 war-like
appointment gave us chase. Finding ourselves
too slow of sail, we put on a compelled valour,
in the grapple I boarded 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 with as much haste 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 course for England: of
them I have much to tell thee. Farewell.
He that thou knowest thine,
HAMLET.
Come, I will give you way for these your letters;
And do't the speedier, that you naay direct me
To him from whom yon brought them. [Exeunt.
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