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Hamlet

SCENE VI. Another room in the castle
Enter HORATIO and a Servant
HORATIO
What are they that would speak with me?
Servant
Sailors, sir: they say they have letters for you.
HORATIO
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 Sailor
God bless you, sir.
HORATIO
Let him bless thee too.
First Sailor
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.
HORATIO
[Reads] 'Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked 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 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 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 course for England: of them I have much to tell thee. Farewell.
'He that thou knowest thine, HAMLET.'
 
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