King. [Enter Polonius, Voltemand, and Cornelius]
Welcome, my good friends.
Say, Voltemand, what from your brother in Norway?
Voltemand. Most fair return of greetings and desires.
Upon our first, he sent out to suppress
His nephew's levies, which to him appeared
To be a preparation 'gainst the Polack;
But better looked into, he truly found
It was against your highness. Whereat grieved,
That so his sickness, age, and impotence
Was falsely borne in hand, sends out arrests
On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys,
Recieves rebuke from Norway, and, in fine,
Makes vow before his uncle never more
To give th'assay of arms against your Majesty.
And his commission to employ those soldiers
So levied, as before, against the Polack,
With an entreaty, herein further show, [Giving a paper]
That it might please you to give quiet pass...