Enter King CLAUDIUS and Queen
GERTRUDE, with ROSENCRANTZ and
GERTRUDE) There’s matter
in these sighs, these profound heaves.
You must translate. 'Tis fit we understand them.
Where is your son?
5Bestow this place on us a little while.
Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and
Ah, my good lord, what have I seen tonight!
What, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?
Mad as the sea and wind when both contend
Which is the mightier. In his lawless fit,
10Behind the arras hearing something stir,
Whips out his rapier, cries, “A rat, a rat!”
And in this brainish apprehension kills
The unseen good old man.
O heavy deed!
It had been so with us, had we been there.
15His liberty is full of threats to all—
To you yourself, to us, to everyone.
Alas, how shall this bloody deed be answered?
It will be laid to us, whose providence
Should have kept short, restrained and out of haunt,
20This mad young man. But so much was our love,
We would not understand what was most fit,