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Enter King.Enter the King and two or three attendants Ham IV.iii.1
King. KING 
I haue sent to seeke him, and to find the bodie:I have sent to seek him and to find the body. Ham IV.iii.1
How dangerous is it that this man goes loose:How dangerous is it that this man goes loose! Ham IV.iii.2
Yet must not we put the strong Law on him:Yet must not we put the strong law on him. Ham IV.iii.3
Hee's loued of the distracted multitude,He's loved of the distracted multitude,distracted (adj.)irrational, foolish, unreasonableHam IV.iii.4
Who like not in their iudgement, but their eyes:Who like not in their judgement but their eyes;like (v.)be impressed [by], make a choiceHam IV.iii.5
And where 'tis so, th'Offenders scourge is weigh'dAnd where 'tis so, th' offender's scourge is weighed,scourge (n.)punishment, retributionHam IV.iii.6
But neerer the offence: to beare all smooth, and euen,But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even,bear (v.), past forms bore, borne
old form: beare
carry on, manage, conduct [an affair]
Ham IV.iii.7
This sodaine sending him away, must seemeThis sudden sending him away must seem Ham IV.iii.8
Deliberate pause, diseases desperate growne,Deliberate pause. Diseases desperate grownpause (n.)hesitation, delayHam IV.iii.9
By desperate appliance are releeued,By desperate appliance are relieved,appliance (n.)remedy, cure, treatmentHam IV.iii.10
Or not at all. Or not at all. Ham IV.iii.11.1
Enter Rosincrane.Enter Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and all the rest Ham IV.iii.11.1
How now? What hath befalne?How now? What hath befallen?befall (v.), past forms befallen, befellhappen, occur, take place, turn outHam IV.iii.11.2
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
Where the dead body is bestow'd my Lord,Where the dead body is bestowed, my lord,bestow (v.)
old form: bestow'd
stow away, dispose of
Ham IV.iii.12
We cannot get from him.We cannot get from him. Ham IV.iii.13.1
King. KING 
But where is he?But where is he? Ham IV.iii.13.2
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
Without my Lord, guarded to know your pleasure.Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure. Ham IV.iii.14
King. KING 
Bring him before vs.Bring him before us. Ham IV.iii.15.1
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
Hoa, Guildensterne? Bring in my Lord.Ho! Bring in the lord. Ham IV.iii.15.2
Enter Hamlet and Guildensterne.Enter attendants with Hamlet Ham IV.iii.16
King. KING 
Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius? Ham IV.iii.16
Ham. HAMLET 
At Supper.At supper. Ham IV.iii.17
King. KING 
At Supper? Where?At supper? Where? Ham IV.iii.18
Ham. HAMLET 
Not where he eats, but where he is eaten, a certaineNot where he eats, but where 'a is eaten. A certain Ham IV.iii.19
conuocation of wormes are e'ne at him. Yourconvocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Yourconvocation (n.)
old form: conuocation
assembly, gathering, parliament
Ham IV.iii.20
even, e'en (adv.)
old form: e'ne
just [now]
politic (adj.)crafty, wily, self-serving
worm is your onely Emperor for diet. We fat all creaturesworm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creaturesfat (v.)fatten, feed up, nourishHam IV.iii.21
else to fat vs, and we fat our selfe for Magots. Yourelse to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your Ham IV.iii.22
fat King, and your leane Begger is but variable seruicefat king and your lean beggar is but variable service – service (n.)
old form: seruice
course, order of dishes [of a meal]
Ham IV.iii.23
variable (adj.)varied, diverse, different
to dishes, but to one Table that's the end.two dishes, but to one table. That's the end. Ham IV.iii.24
KING 
Alas, alas! Ham IV.iii.25
HAMLET 
A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a Ham IV.iii.26
king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm. Ham IV.iii.27
King. KING 
What dost thou meane by this?What dost thou mean by this? Ham IV.iii.28
Ham. HAMLET 
Nothing but to shew you how a King may go aNothing but to show you how a king may go a Ham IV.iii.29
Progresse through the guts of a Begger.progress through the guts of a beggar.progress (n.)
old form: Progresse
state passage, royal journey
Ham IV.iii.30
King. KING 
Where is Polonius.Where is Polonius? Ham IV.iii.31
Ham. HAMLET 
In heauen, send thither to see. If your Messenger In heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger Ham IV.iii.32
finde him not there, seeke him i'th other placefind him not there, seek him i'th' other place Ham IV.iii.33
your selfe: but indeed, if you finde him not thisyourself. But if indeed you find him not within this Ham IV.iii.34
moneth, you shall nose him as you go vp the staires intomonth, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs intonose (v.)smellHam IV.iii.35
the Lobby.the lobby. Ham IV.iii.36
King. KING 
Go seeke him there. (to attendants) Go seek him there. Ham IV.iii.37
Ham. HAMLET 
He will stay till ye come.'A will stay till you come. Ham IV.iii.38
Exeunt attendants Ham IV.iii.38
K. KING 
Hamlet, this deed of thine, for thine especial safetyHamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety, Ham IV.iii.39
Which we do tender, as we deerely greeueWhich we do tender as we dearly grievedearly (adv.)
old form: deerely
keenly, deeply, intensely
Ham IV.iii.40
tender (v.)feel concern for, hold dear, care for
For that which thou hast done, must send thee henceFor that which thou hast done, must send thee hence Ham IV.iii.41
With fierie Quicknesse. Therefore prepare thy selfe,With fiery quickness. Therefore prepare thyself.fiery (adj.)
old form: fierie
spreading like fire
Ham IV.iii.42
The Barke is readie, and the winde at helpe,The bark is ready and the wind at help,bark, barque (n.)
old form: Barke
ship, vessel
Ham IV.iii.43
help, at
old form: helpe
in our favour, ready to help
Th'Associates tend, and euery thing at bentTh' associates tend, and everything is bentassociate (n.)companion, fellow-travellerHam IV.iii.44
bent (adj.)determined, intent, resolved
tend (v.)await, wait in expectation
For England.For England. Ham IV.iii.45
Ham. HAMLET 
For England?For England? Ham IV.iii.46
King. KING 
I Hamlet.Ay, Hamlet. Ham IV.iii.47
Ham. HAMLET 
Good.Good. Ham IV.iii.48
King. KING 
So is it, if thou knew'st our purposes.So is it, if thou knewest our purposes.purpose (n.)intention, aim, planHam IV.iii.49
Ham. HAMLET 
I see a Cherube that see's him: but come, forI see a cherub that sees them. But come, for Ham IV.iii.50
England. Farewell deere Mother.England! Farewell, dear mother. Ham IV.iii.51
King. KING 
Thy louing Father Hamlet.Thy loving father, Hamlet. Ham IV.iii.52
Hamlet. HAMLET 
My Mother: Father and Mother is man and wife:My mother. Father and mother is man and wife; Ham IV.iii.53
man & wife is one flesh, and so my mother. Come,man and wife is one flesh; and so, my mother. Come, Ham IV.iii.54
for England. for England! Ham IV.iii.55
ExitExit Ham IV.iii.55
King. KING 
Follow him at foote, / Tempt him with speed aboord:Follow him at foot. Tempt him with speed aboard.foot, at
old form: foote
close behind, closely
Ham IV.iii.56
Delay it not, Ile haue him hence to night.Delay it not. I'll have him hence tonight.hence (adv.)away from here, from this placeHam IV.iii.57
Away, for euery thing is Seal'd and doneAway! for everything is sealed and doneseal (v.)
old form: Seal'd
make final arrangements, come to an agreement
Ham IV.iii.58
That else leanes on th'Affaire, pray you make hast.That else leans on the affair. Pray you make haste.else (adv.)otherwiseHam IV.iii.59
lean (v.)
old form: leanes
depend, appertain [to], relate [to]
Exeunt all but the King Ham IV.iii.59
And England, if my loue thou holdst at ought,And, England, if my love thou holdest at aught – aught (n.)
old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
Ham IV.iii.60
As my great power thereof may giue thee sense,As my great power thereof may give thee sense,power (n.)force, strength, mightHam IV.iii.61
sense (n.)perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation
Since yet thy Cicatrice lookes raw and redSince yet thy cicatrice looks raw and redcicatrice (n.)scar, scar-like markHam IV.iii.62
After the Danish Sword, and thy free aweAfter the Danish sword, and thy free awefree (adj.)freely given, willing, unconstrainedHam IV.iii.63
Payes homage to vs; thou maist not coldly setPays homage to us – thou mayst not coldly setcoldly (adv.)lightly, with indifference, unenthusiasticallyHam IV.iii.64
set (v.)value, rate, esteem
Our Soueraigne Processe, which imports at fullOur sovereign process, which imports at full,import (v.)signify, mean, suggestHam IV.iii.65
process (n.)
old form: Processe
command, mandate, instructions
full, atin detail, at full length
By Letters coniuring to that effectBy letters congruing to that effect,congrue (v.)agree, accord, concurHam IV.iii.66
The present death of Hamlet. Do it England,The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England. Ham IV.iii.67
For like the Hecticke in my blood he rages,For like the hectic in my blood he rages,hectic (n.)
old form: Hecticke
wasting fever, persistent fever
Ham IV.iii.68
And thou must cure me: Till I know 'tis done,And thou must cure me. Till I know 'tis done, Ham IV.iii.69
How ere my happes, my ioyes were ne're begun. Howe'er my haps, my joys were ne'er begun.hap (n.)
old form: happes
fortune, lot, fate
Ham IV.iii.70
however, howe'er (adv.)
old form: How ere
whatever; although, however much
ExitExit Ham IV.iii.70
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