Speeches (Lines) for Rosencrantz in "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark"

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1 II, 2, 1110
  • Both your Majesties
    Might, by the sovereign power you have of us,
    Put yo...
  • Both your Majesties
    Might, by the sovereign power you have of us,
    Put your dread pleasures more into command
    Than to entreaty.
  • Gertrude. Good gentlemen, he hath much talk'd of you,
    And 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,
    Your visitation shall receive such thanks
    As fits a king's remembrance.

    Rosencrantz. Both your Majesties
    Might, by the sovereign power you have of us,
    Put your dread pleasures more into command
    Than to entreaty.

2 II, 2, 1323
  • [to Polonius] God save you, sir!
  • [to Polonius] God save you, sir!
  • Polonius. You go to seek the Lord Hamlet. There he is.

    Rosencrantz. [to Polonius] God save you, sir!

3 II, 2, 1326
  • My most dear lord!
  • My most dear lord!
  • Guildenstern. My honour'd lord!

    Rosencrantz. My most dear lord!

4 II, 2, 1329
  • As the indifferent children of the earth.
  • As the indifferent children of the earth.
  • Hamlet. My excellent good friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern? Ah,
    Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do ye both?

    Rosencrantz. As the indifferent children of the earth.

5 II, 2, 1333
  • Neither, my lord.
  • Neither, my lord.
  • Hamlet. Nor the soles of her shoe?

    Rosencrantz. Neither, my lord.

6 II, 2, 1339
  • None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest.
  • None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest.
  • Hamlet. In the secret parts of Fortune? O! most true! she is a
    strumpet. What news ?

    Rosencrantz. None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest.

7 II, 2, 1346
  • Then is the world one.
  • Then is the world one.
  • Hamlet. Denmark's a prison.

    Rosencrantz. Then is the world one.

8 II, 2, 1349
  • We think not so, my lord.
  • We think not so, my lord.
  • Hamlet. A goodly one; in which there are many confines, wards, and
    dungeons, Denmark being one o' th' worst.

    Rosencrantz. We think not so, my lord.

9 II, 2, 1352
  • Why, then your ambition makes it one. 'Tis too narrow for your
    mind.
  • Why, then your ambition makes it one. 'Tis too narrow for your
    mind.
  • Hamlet. Why, then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good
    or bad but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison.

    Rosencrantz. Why, then your ambition makes it one. 'Tis too narrow for your
    mind.

10 II, 2, 1359
  • Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that
    it is but a s...
  • Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that
    it is but a shadow's shadow.
  • Hamlet. A dream itself is but a shadow.

    Rosencrantz. Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that
    it is but a shadow's shadow.

11 II, 2, 1364
  • [with Guildenstern] We'll wait upon you.
  • [with Guildenstern] We'll wait upon you.
  • Hamlet. Then are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs and outstretch'd
    heroes the beggars' shadows. Shall we to th' court? for, by my
    fay, I cannot reason.

    Rosencrantz. [with Guildenstern] We'll wait upon you.

12 II, 2, 1369
  • To visit you, my lord; no other occasion.
  • To visit you, my lord; no other occasion.
  • Hamlet. No such matter! I will not sort you with the rest of my
    servants; for, to speak to you like an honest man, I am most
    dreadfully attended. But in the beaten way of friendship, what
    make you at Elsinore?

    Rosencrantz. To visit you, my lord; no other occasion.

13 II, 2, 1379
  • To what end, my lord?
  • To what end, my lord?
  • Hamlet. Why, anything- but to th' purpose. You were sent for; and
    there is a kind of confession in your looks, which your modesties
    have not craft enough to colour. I know the good King and Queen
    have sent for you.

    Rosencrantz. To what end, my lord?

14 II, 2, 1385
  • [aside to Guildenstern] What say you?
  • [aside to Guildenstern] What say you?
  • Hamlet. That you must teach me. But let me conjure you by the rights
    of our fellowship, by the consonancy of our youth, by the
    obligation of our ever-preserved love, and by what more dear a
    better proposer could charge you withal, be even and direct with
    me, whether you were sent for or no.

    Rosencrantz. [aside to Guildenstern] What say you?

15 II, 2, 1404
  • My lord, there was no such stuff in my thoughts.
  • My lord, there was no such stuff in my thoughts.
  • Hamlet. I will tell you why. So shall my anticipation prevent your
    discovery, and your secrecy to the King and Queen moult no
    feather. I have of late- but wherefore I know not- lost all my
    mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so
    heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth,
    seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the
    air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical
    roof fretted with golden fire- why, it appeareth no other thing
    to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a
    piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in
    faculties! in form and moving how express and admirable! in
    action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the
    beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet to me what
    is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me- no, nor woman
    neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.

    Rosencrantz. My lord, there was no such stuff in my thoughts.

16 II, 2, 1406
  • To think, my lord, if you delight not in man, what lenten
    entertainment the...
  • To think, my lord, if you delight not in man, what lenten
    entertainment the players shall receive from you. We coted them
    on the way, and hither are they coming to offer you service.
  • Hamlet. Why did you laugh then, when I said 'Man delights not me'?

    Rosencrantz. To think, my lord, if you delight not in man, what lenten
    entertainment the players shall receive from you. We coted them
    on the way, and hither are they coming to offer you service.

17 II, 2, 1416
  • Even those you were wont to take such delight in, the
    tragedians of the city...
  • Even those you were wont to take such delight in, the
    tragedians of the city.
  • Hamlet. He that plays the king shall be welcome- his Majesty shall
    have tribute of me; the adventurous knight shall use his foil and
    target; the lover shall not sigh gratis; the humorous man shall
    end his part in peace; the clown shall make those laugh whose
    lungs are tickle o' th' sere; and the lady shall say her mind
    freely, or the blank verse shall halt for't. What players are
    they?

    Rosencrantz. Even those you were wont to take such delight in, the
    tragedians of the city.

18 II, 2, 1420
  • I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late
    innovation.
  • I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late
    innovation.
  • Hamlet. How chances it they travel? Their residence, both in
    reputation and profit, was better both ways.

    Rosencrantz. I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late
    innovation.

19 II, 2, 1424
  • No indeed are they not.
  • No indeed are they not.
  • Hamlet. Do they hold the same estimation they did when I was in the
    city? Are they so follow'd?

    Rosencrantz. No indeed are they not.

20 II, 2, 1426
  • Nay, their endeavour keeps in the wonted pace; but there is,
    sir, an eyrie o...
  • Nay, their endeavour keeps in the wonted pace; but there is,
    sir, an eyrie of children, little eyases, that cry out on the top
    of question and are most tyrannically clapp'd for't. These are now
    the fashion, and so berattle the common stages (so they call
    them) that many wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills and
    dare scarce come thither.
  • Hamlet. How comes it? Do they grow rusty?

    Rosencrantz. Nay, their endeavour keeps in the wonted pace; but there is,
    sir, an eyrie of children, little eyases, that cry out on the top
    of question and are most tyrannically clapp'd for't. These are now
    the fashion, and so berattle the common stages (so they call
    them) that many wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills and
    dare scarce come thither.

21 II, 2, 1438
  • Faith, there has been much to do on both sides; and the nation
    holds it no s...
  • Faith, there has been much to do on both sides; and the nation
    holds it no sin to tarre them to controversy. There was, for a
    while, no money bid for argument unless the poet and the player
    went to cuffs in the question.
  • Hamlet. What, are they children? Who maintains 'em? How are they
    escoted? Will they pursue the quality no longer than they can
    sing? Will they not say afterwards, if they should grow
    themselves to common players (as it is most like, if their means
    are no better), their writers do them wrong to make them exclaim
    against their own succession.

    Rosencrantz. Faith, there has been much to do on both sides; and the nation
    holds it no sin to tarre them to controversy. There was, for a
    while, no money bid for argument unless the poet and the player
    went to cuffs in the question.

22 II, 2, 1445
  • Ay, that they do, my lord- Hercules and his load too.
  • Ay, that they do, my lord- Hercules and his load too.
  • Hamlet. Do the boys carry it away?

    Rosencrantz. Ay, that they do, my lord- Hercules and his load too.

23 II, 2, 1467
  • Happily he's the second time come to them; for they say an old
    man is twice...
  • Happily he's the second time come to them; for they say an old
    man is twice a child.
  • Hamlet. Hark you, Guildenstern- and you too- at each ear a hearer!
    That great baby you see there is not yet out of his swaddling
    clouts.

    Rosencrantz. Happily he's the second time come to them; for they say an old
    man is twice a child.

24 II, 2, 1619
  • Good my lord!
  • Good my lord!
  • Hamlet. Very well. Follow that lord- and look you mock him not.
    [Exit First Player.]
    My good friends, I'll leave you till night. You are welcome to
    Elsinore.

    Rosencrantz. Good my lord!

25 III, 1, 1687
  • He does confess he feels himself distracted,
    But from what cause he will by...
  • He does confess he feels himself distracted,
    But from what cause he will by no means speak.
  • Claudius. And can you by no drift of circumstance
    Get from him why he puts on this confusion,
    Grating so harshly all his days of quiet
    With turbulent and dangerous lunacy?

    Rosencrantz. He does confess he feels himself distracted,
    But from what cause he will by no means speak.

26 III, 1, 1694
  • Most like a gentleman.
  • Most like a gentleman.
  • Gertrude. Did he receive you well?

    Rosencrantz. Most like a gentleman.

27 III, 1, 1696
  • Niggard of question, but of our demands
    Most free in his reply.
  • Niggard of question, but of our demands
    Most free in his reply.
  • Guildenstern. But with much forcing of his disposition.

    Rosencrantz. Niggard of question, but of our demands
    Most free in his reply.

28 III, 1, 1700
  • Madam, it so fell out that certain players
    We o'erraught on the way. Of thes...
  • Madam, it so fell out that certain players
    We o'erraught on the way. Of these we told him,
    And there did seem in him a kind of joy
    To hear of it. They are here about the court,
    And, as I think, they have already order
    This night to play before him.
  • Gertrude. Did you assay him
    To any pastime?

    Rosencrantz. Madam, it so fell out that certain players
    We o'erraught on the way. Of these we told him,
    And there did seem in him a kind of joy
    To hear of it. They are here about the court,
    And, as I think, they have already order
    This night to play before him.

29 III, 1, 1713
  • We shall, my lord.
  • We shall, my lord.
  • Claudius. With all my heart, and it doth much content me
    To hear him so inclin'd.
    Good gentlemen, give him a further edge
    And drive his purpose on to these delights.

    Rosencrantz. We shall, my lord.

30 III, 2, 1927
  • [with Guildenstern] We will, my lord.
  • [with Guildenstern] We will, my lord.
  • Hamlet. Bid the players make haste, [Exit Polonius.] Will you two
    help to hasten them?

    Rosencrantz. [with Guildenstern] We will, my lord.

31 III, 2, 1988
  • Ay, my lord. They stay upon your patience.
  • Ay, my lord. They stay upon your patience.
  • Hamlet. It was a brute part of him to kill so capital a calf there. Be
    the players ready.

    Rosencrantz. Ay, my lord. They stay upon your patience.

32 III, 2, 2209
  • Then thus she says: your behaviour hath struck her into
    amazement and admira...
  • Then thus she says: your behaviour hath struck her into
    amazement and admiration.
  • Hamlet. Make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseas'd. But, sir, such
    answer as I can make, you shall command; or rather, as you say,
    my mother. Therefore no more, but to the matter! My mother, you
    say-

    Rosencrantz. Then thus she says: your behaviour hath struck her into
    amazement and admiration.

33 III, 2, 2213
  • She desires to speak with you in her closet ere you go to bed.
  • She desires to speak with you in her closet ere you go to bed.
  • Hamlet. O wonderful son, that can so stonish a mother! But is there no
    sequel at the heels of this mother's admiration? Impart.

    Rosencrantz. She desires to speak with you in her closet ere you go to bed.

34 III, 2, 2216
  • My lord, you once did love me.
  • My lord, you once did love me.
  • Hamlet. We shall obey, were she ten times our mother. Have you any
    further trade with us?

    Rosencrantz. My lord, you once did love me.

35 III, 2, 2218
  • Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? You do surely
    bar the door up...
  • Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? You do surely
    bar the door upon your own liberty, if you deny your griefs to
    your friend.
  • Hamlet. And do still, by these pickers and stealers!

    Rosencrantz. Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? You do surely
    bar the door upon your own liberty, if you deny your griefs to
    your friend.

36 III, 2, 2222
  • How can that be, when you have the voice of the King himself
    for your succes...
  • How can that be, when you have the voice of the King himself
    for your succession in Denmark?
  • Hamlet. Sir, I lack advancement.

    Rosencrantz. How can that be, when you have the voice of the King himself
    for your succession in Denmark?

37 III, 3, 2288
  • The single and peculiar life is bound
    With all the strength and armour of th...
  • The single and peculiar life is bound
    With all the strength and armour of the mind
    To keep itself from noyance; but much more
    That spirit upon whose weal depends and rests
    The lives of many. The cesse of majesty
    Dies not alone, but like a gulf doth draw
    What's near it with it. It is a massy wheel,
    Fix'd on the summit of the highest mount,
    To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things
    Are mortis'd and adjoin'd; which when it falls,
    Each small annexment, petty consequence,
    Attends the boist'rous ruin. Never alone
    Did the king sigh, but with a general groan.
  • Guildenstern. We will ourselves provide.
    Most holy and religious fear it is
    To keep those many many bodies safe
    That live and feed upon your Majesty.

    Rosencrantz. The single and peculiar life is bound
    With all the strength and armour of the mind
    To keep itself from noyance; but much more
    That spirit upon whose weal depends and rests
    The lives of many. The cesse of majesty
    Dies not alone, but like a gulf doth draw
    What's near it with it. It is a massy wheel,
    Fix'd on the summit of the highest mount,
    To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things
    Are mortis'd and adjoin'd; which when it falls,
    Each small annexment, petty consequence,
    Attends the boist'rous ruin. Never alone
    Did the king sigh, but with a general groan.

38 III, 3, 2304
  • [with Guildenstern] We will haste us.
  • [with Guildenstern] We will haste us.
  • Claudius. Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage;
    For we will fetters put upon this fear,
    Which now goes too free-footed.

    Rosencrantz. [with Guildenstern] We will haste us.

39 IV, 2, 2682
  • What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?
  • What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?
  • (stage directions). Enter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

    Rosencrantz. What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?

40 IV, 2, 2684
  • Tell us where 'tis, that we may take it thence
    And bear it to the chapel.
  • Tell us where 'tis, that we may take it thence
    And bear it to the chapel.
  • Hamlet. Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin.

    Rosencrantz. Tell us where 'tis, that we may take it thence
    And bear it to the chapel.

41 IV, 2, 2687
  • Believe what?
  • Believe what?
  • Hamlet. Do not believe it.

    Rosencrantz. Believe what?

42 IV, 2, 2691
  • Take you me for a sponge, my lord?
  • Take you me for a sponge, my lord?
  • Hamlet. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. Besides, to be
    demanded of a sponge, what replication should be made by the son
    of a king?

    Rosencrantz. Take you me for a sponge, my lord?

43 IV, 2, 2698
  • I understand you not, my lord.
  • I understand you not, my lord.
  • Hamlet. Ay, sir; that soaks up the King's countenance, his rewards,
    his authorities. But such officers do the King best service in
    the end. He keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw;
    first mouth'd, to be last swallowed. When he needs what you have
    glean'd, it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry
    again.

    Rosencrantz. I understand you not, my lord.

44 IV, 2, 2700
  • My lord, you must tell us where the body is and go with us to
    the King.
  • My lord, you must tell us where the body is and go with us to
    the King.
  • Hamlet. I am glad of it. A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.

    Rosencrantz. My lord, you must tell us where the body is and go with us to
    the King.

45 IV, 3, 2721
  • Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord,
    We cannot get from him.
  • Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord,
    We cannot get from him.
  • Claudius. I have sent to seek him and to find the body.
    How dangerous is it that this man goes loose!
    Yet must not we put the strong law on him.
    He's lov'd of the distracted multitude,
    Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes;
    And where 'tis so, th' offender's scourge is weigh'd,
    But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even,
    This sudden sending him away must seem
    Deliberate pause. Diseases desperate grown
    By desperate appliance are reliev'd,
    Or not at all.
    [Enter Rosencrantz.]
    How now O What hath befall'n?

    Rosencrantz. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord,
    We cannot get from him.

46 IV, 3, 2724
  • Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure.
  • Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure.
  • Claudius. But where is he?

    Rosencrantz. Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure.

47 IV, 3, 2726
  • Ho, Guildenstern! Bring in my lord.
  • Ho, Guildenstern! Bring in my lord.
  • Claudius. Bring him before us.

    Rosencrantz. Ho, Guildenstern! Bring in my lord.

48 IV, 4, 2818
  • Will't please you go, my lord?
  • Will't please you go, my lord?
  • Norwegian Captain. God b' wi' you, sir. [Exit.]

    Rosencrantz. Will't please you go, my lord?

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