SCENE VIAnother room in the castle.
Enter HORATIO and a Servant.
What are they that would speak with me?
Sailors, sir: they say they have letters for you.
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.
God bless you, sir.
Let him bless thee too.
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
'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.
Come, I will make you way for these your letters;
And do't the speedier, that you may direct me
To him from whom you brought them. [Exeunt.