Elsinore. Another room in Elsinore castle.
(Horatio; Gentleman; Sailors)
Horatio is brought a letter from Hamlet by some sailors. In it, Hamlet reveals that he was captured by pirates and is now back in Denmark. (13 lines)
Enter Horatio and others.
What are they that would speak with me?
Sea-faring men, sir. They say they have letters for you.
Let them come in.
I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.
God bless you, sir.
Let him bless thee too.
’A shall, sir, and ’t please him. There’s a letter for you, sir—it came from th’ embassador that was bound for England—if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.
“Horatio, when thou shalt have overlook’d 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 ail, we put on a compell’d valor, 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 wouldest 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 may direct me
To him from whom you brought them.