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Ros. Believe what?
Ham. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a sponge !-what replication should be made by the son of a king?
Ros. Take you me for a sponge, my lord ?
Ham. Ay, sir; that soaks up the king's countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the king best service in the end : He keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw; first mouthed, to be last swallowed : When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you shall be dry again.
Ros. I understand you not, my lord.
Ham. I am glad of it: A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.
Ros. My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the king.
Ham. The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing
Guil. A thing, my lord ?
Ham. Of nothing : bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after.b
[Exeunt. SCENE III.- Another Room in the same.
Enter King, attended. King. I have sent to seek him, and to find the body, How dangerous is it that this man goes loose; Yet must not we put the strong law on him : He's lov'd of the distracted multitude, . Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes ; And, where 't is so, the offender's scourge is weigh'd, But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause : Diseases, desperate grown, By desperate appliance are reliev'd,
a Demanded of-demanded by. b The name of a boyish sport-“ All hid."
Ros. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord,
But where is he?
Enter HAMLET and GUILDENSTERN.
Ham. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten : a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet : we fat all creatures else, to fat us; and we fat ourselves for maggots : Your fat king, and your lean beggar, is but variable service; two dishes, but to one table; that 's the
King. Alas, alas!
Ham. A man may fish with the worin that hath eat of a king; and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
King. What dost thou mean by this ?
Ham. Nothing, but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.
King. Where is Polonius ?
Ham. In heaven, send thither to see : if your messenger find him not there, seek him if the other place yourself. But, indeed, if you find him not this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.
King. Go seek him there. [To some Attendants. Ham. He will stay till you come. (Ex. Attendants. King. Hamlet, this deed of thine, for thine especial
Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve
Ham. For England ?
Ham. I see a cherub, that sees him.-But, come; for England !—Farewell, dear mother.
King. Thy loving father, Hamlet.
Ham. My mother : Father and mother is man and wife; man and wife is one flesh; and so, my mother. Come, for England.
[Exit. King. Follow him at foot; tempt him with speed
aboard; Delay it not, I 'll have him hence to-night: Away; for everything is seal'd and done That else leans on the affair : Pray you, make haste.
[Exeunt Ros, and Guil.
SCENE IV.-A Plain in Denmark.
Tell him, that by his licence, Fortinbras
I will do ’t, my lord.
Ham. Good sir, whose powers are these ?
How proposed, sir,
Cap. Against some part of Poland.
Ham. Commands them, sir?
Cap. The nephew to old Norway, Fortinbras.
Ham. Goes it against the main of Poland, sir,
Cap. Truly to speak, and with no addition,
Ham. Why, then the Polack never will defend it.
[Exit Captain. Ros.
Will 't please you go, my lord ? Ham. I will be with you straight. Go a little before.
[Exeunt Ros. and Guil.
How all occasions do inform against me,
a To fust--to become mouldy.