Hamlet
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Enter Hamlet.Enter Hamlet Ham IV.ii.1
Ham. HAMLET 
Safely stowed.Safely stowed. Ham IV.ii.1
GentlemenGENTLEMEN  
within. (within) Ham IV.ii.2
Hamlet, Lord Hamlet. Hamlet! Lord Hamlet! Ham IV.ii.2
Ham. HAMLET 
What noise? Who cals on Hamlet?But soft, what noise? Who calls on Hamlet?soft (int.)[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quietHam IV.ii.3
Oh heere they come. O, here they come. Ham IV.ii.4
Enter Ros. and Guildensterne. Enter Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and attendants Ham IV.ii.5
Ro. ROSENCRANTZ 
What haue you done my Lord with the dead body?What have you done, my lord, with the dead body? Ham IV.ii.5
Ham. HAMLET 
Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis Kinne.Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin. Ham IV.ii.6
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
Tell vs where 'tis, that we may take it thence,Tell us where 'tis, that we may take it thence Ham IV.ii.7
And beare it to the Chappell.And bear it to the chapel. Ham IV.ii.8
Ham. HAMLET 
Do not beleeue it.Do not believe it. Ham IV.ii.9
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
Beleeue what?Believe what? Ham IV.ii.10
Ham. HAMLET 
That I can keepe your counsell, and not mine owne.That I can keep your counsel and not mine own.counsel (n.)
old form: counsell
secret, inmost thought, confidence
Ham IV.ii.11
Besides, to be demanded of a Spundge, what replication Besides, to be demanded of a sponge, what replicationreplication (n.)reply, answer, responseHam IV.ii.12
demand (v.)request to tell, question, ask [about]
should be made by the Sonne of a King.should be made by the son of a king? Ham IV.ii.13
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
Take you me for a Spundge, my Lord?Take you me for a sponge, my lord? Ham IV.ii.14
Ham. HAMLET 
I sir, that sokes vp the Kings Countenance,Ay, sir, that soaks up the King's countenance,countenance (n.)favour, patronage, approvalHam IV.ii.15
his Rewards, his Authorities (but such Officers do thehis rewards, his authorities. But such officers do theauthority (n.)authoritative influence, dictatorial opinionHam IV.ii.16
King best seruice in the end. He keepes them like an ApeKing best service in the end. He keeps them, like an ape Ham IV.ii.17
in the corner of his iaw, first mouth'd to bean apple, in the corner of his jaw, first mouthed, to bemouth (v.)
old form: mouth'd
take into the mouth
Ham IV.ii.18
first (adv.)at first
last swallowed, when he needes what you haue glean'd,last swallowed. When he needs what you have gleaned,last (adv.)at lastHam IV.ii.19
glean (v.)
old form: glean'd
collect, scrape together, gather up
it is but squeezing you, and Spundge you shall be dryit is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry Ham IV.ii.20
againe.again. Ham IV.ii.21
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
I vnderstand you not my Lord.I understand you not, my lord. Ham IV.ii.22
Ham. HAMLET 
I am glad of it: a knauish speech sleepes in aI am glad of it. A knavish speech sleeps in aknavish (adj.)
old form: knauish
rascally, mischievous, roguish
Ham IV.ii.23
foolish eare.foolish ear. Ham IV.ii.24
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
My Lord, you must tell vs where the bodyMy lord, you must tell us where the body Ham IV.ii.25
is, and go with vs to the King.is, and go with us to the King. Ham IV.ii.26
Ham. HAMLET 
The body is with the King, but the King is notThe body is with the King, but the King is not Ham IV.ii.27
with the body. The King, is a thing---with the body. The King is a thing –  Ham IV.ii.28
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
A thing my Lord?A thing, my lord? Ham IV.ii.29
Ham. HAMLET 
Of nothing: bring me to him, hide Fox, and allOf nothing. Bring me to him. Hide fox, and all Ham IV.ii.30
after. after. Ham IV.ii.31
ExeuntExeunt Ham IV.ii.31
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