Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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ROSENCRANTZ
    Both your majesties
Might, by the sovereign power you have of us,
Put your dread pleasures more into command
Than to entreaty.
ROSENCRANTZ
Both you and the king might have ordered us to execute your command, instead of asking us so politely.
GUILDENSTERN
  But we both obey
30And here give up ourselves, in the full bent,
To lay our service freely at your feet
To be commanded.
GUILDENSTERN
But we’ll obey. Our services are entirely at your command.
CLAUDIUS
Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern.
CLAUDIUS
Thanks, Rosencrantz and worthy Guildenstern.
GERTRUDE
Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz.
35And I beseech you instantly to visit
My too much changèd son. Go, some of you,
And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is.
GERTRUDE
Thanks, Guildenstern and worthy Rosencrantz.
I beg you to pay a visit right away to my son, who’s changed too much. Servants, take these gentlemen to see Hamlet.
GUILDENSTERN
Heavens make our presence and our practices
Pleasant and helpful to him!
GUILDENSTERN
I hope to God we can make him happy and do him some good!
GERTRUDE
    Ay, amen!
GERTRUDE
Amen to that!
Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN, escorted by attendants
ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN exit, escorted by attendants.
Enter POLONIUS
POLONIUS enters.
POLONIUS
40Th' ambassadors from Norway, my good lord,
Are joyfully returned.
POLONIUS
The ambassadors are back from Norway, sir.
CLAUDIUS
Thou still hast been the father of good news.
CLAUDIUS
Once again you bring good news.
POLONIUS
Have I, my lord? I assure my good liege,
I hold my duty as I hold my soul,
45Both to my God and to my gracious king.
POLONIUS
Do I, sir? I assure your majesty I’m only doing my duty both to my God and my good king.