Flourish. Enter King CLAUDIUS and
Queen GERTRUDE, ROSENCRANTZ and
GUILDENSTERN, and attendants
Welcome, dear Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Moreover that we much did long to see you,
The need we have to use you did provoke
Our hasty sending. Something have you heard
“transformation”—so call it
Since nor th' exterior nor the inward man
Resembles that it was. What it should be,
More than his father’s death, that thus hath put him
So much from th' understanding of himself,
10I cannot dream of. I entreat you both
That, being of so young days brought up with him
And since so neighbored to his youth and 'havior,
That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court
Some little time so by your companies
15To draw him on to pleasures and to gather,
So much as from occasion you may glean,
Whether aught, to us unknown, afflicts him thus
That, opened, lies within our remedy.
Good gentlemen, he hath much talked of you.
20And sure I am two men there are not living
To whom he more adheres. If it will please you
To show us so much gentry and good will
As to expend your time with us awhile
For the supply and profit of our hope,
25Your visitation shall receive such thanks
As fits a king’s remembrance.