CLAUDIUS: Although the memories of my dear brother Hamlet’s death are still fresh and green, life must go on.
CLAUDIUS: Therefore, with sadness and delight do I marry my former sister-in-law—
We shall have joy in our funerals and sorrowful dirges at our wedding. And for your support, I thank you all.
Now, down to business. As you know, young Fortinbras—underestimating my strength or imagining that the death of the king has thrown my country into turmoil—dreams of an advantage and never stops pestering me with demands that I surrender the territory his father has lost.
So I’ve written to Fortinbras’s uncle, the new king of Norway. He’s a bedridden old man who knows nothing of his nephew’s plans. I’ve told him to stop Fortinbras, and I ask you, good Cornelius and Voltemand, to deliver the letter.
CORNELIUS, VOLTEMAND: We’ll do our duty to you in this and everything else.