Hamlet: Act 4, Scene 6
Another 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.
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.
He shall, sir, an't please him. There's a letter for
you, sir; it comes from the ambassador that
bound for England; if your name be Horatio, as I am
let to know it is.
Reads 'Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked
this, give these fellows some means to the
they have letters for him. Ere we were two days old
at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment
chase. Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on
a compelled valour, and in the grapple I
them: on the instant they got clear of our ship; so
I alone became their prisoner. They have dealt
me like thieves of mercy: but they knew what they
did; I am to do a good turn for them. Let the king
the letters I have sent; and repair thou to me
with as much speed as thou wouldst fly death. I
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
'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.