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Enter the King and two or three attendants


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 loved of the distracted multitude,
distracted (adj.) 2 irrational, foolish, unreasonable

Who like not in their judgement but their eyes;
like (v.) 7 be impressed [by], make a choice

And where 'tis so, th' offender's scourge is weighed,
scourge (n.) punishment, retribution

But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even,
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 2 carry on, manage, conduct [an affair]

This sudden sending him away must seem

Deliberate pause. Diseases desperate grown
pause (n.) hesitation, delay

By desperate appliance are relieved,
appliance (n.) 1 remedy, cure, treatment

Or not at all.

Enter Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and all the rest
befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell 1 happen, occur, take place, turn out See Topics: Frequency count

                         How now? What hath befallen?


Where the dead body is bestowed, my lord,
bestow (v.) 6 stow away, dispose of

We cannot get from him.


                         But where is he?


Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure.


Bring him before us.


                         Ho! Bring in the lord.

Enter attendants with Hamlet


Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius?


At supper.


At supper? Where?


Not where he eats, but where 'a is eaten. A certain

convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your
convocation (n.) assembly, gathering, parliament
even, e'en (adv.) 2 just [now]
politic (adj.) 2 crafty, wily, self-serving

worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures
fat (v.) fatten, feed up, nourish

else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your

fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service –
service (n.) 5 course, order of dishes [of a meal]
variable (adj.) varied, diverse, different

two dishes, but to one table. That's the end.


Alas, alas!


A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a

king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.


What dost thou mean by this?


Nothing but to show you how a king may go a

progress through the guts of a beggar.
progress (n.) 2 state passage, royal journey


Where is Polonius?


In heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger

find him not there, seek him i'th' other place

yourself. But if indeed you find him not within this

month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into
nose (v.) smell

the lobby.


(to attendants) Go seek him there.


'A will stay till you come.

Exeunt attendants


Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety,

Which we do tender as we dearly grieve
dearly (adv.) 1 keenly, deeply, intensely
tender (v.) 2 feel concern for, hold dear, care for

For that which thou hast done, must send thee hence

With fiery quickness. Therefore prepare thyself.
fiery (adj.) 2 spreading like fire

The bark is ready and the wind at help,
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
help, at in our favour, ready to help

Th' associates tend, and everything is bent
associate (n.) companion, fellow-traveller
bent (adj.) 1 determined, intent, resolved
tend (v.) 2 await, wait in expectation

For England.


For England?


Ay, Hamlet.




So is it, if thou knewest our purposes.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


I see a cherub that sees them. But come, for

England! Farewell, dear mother.


Thy loving father, Hamlet.


My mother. Father and mother is man and wife;

man and wife is one flesh; and so, my mother. Come,

for England!



Follow him at foot. Tempt him with speed aboard.
foot, at close behind, closely

Delay it not. I'll have him hence tonight.
hence (adv.) 1 away from here, from this place See Topics: hence, thence, and whence

Away! for everything is sealed and done
seal (v.) 3 make final arrangements, come to an agreement

That else leans on the affair. Pray you make haste.
else (adv.) 1 otherwise See Topics: Discourse markers
lean (v.) 1 depend, appertain [to], relate [to]

Exeunt all but the King

And, England, if my love thou holdest at aught –
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count

As my great power thereof may give thee sense,
power (n.) 4 force, strength, might
sense (n.) 4 perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation

Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red
cicatrice (n.) scar, scar-like mark

After the Danish sword, and thy free awe
free (adj.) 10 freely given, willing, unconstrained

Pays homage to us – thou mayst not coldly set
coldly (adv.) 2 lightly, with indifference, unenthusiastically
set (v.) 1 value, rate, esteem

Our sovereign process, which imports at full,
full, at in detail, at full length
import (v.) 1 signify, mean, suggest
process (n.) 4 command, mandate, instructions

By letters congruing to that effect,
congrue (v.) agree, accord, concur

The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England.

For like the hectic in my blood he rages,
hectic (n.) wasting fever, persistent fever

And thou must cure me. Till I know 'tis done,

Howe'er my haps, my joys were ne'er begun.
hap (n.) 1 fortune, lot, fate


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