Antony and Cleopatra
|ACT IV SCENE III||The same. Before the palace.|
|[Enter two Soldiers to their guard]|
|First Soldier||Brother, good night: to-morrow is the day.|
|Second Soldier||It will determine one way: fare you well.|
|Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?|
|First Soldier||Nothing. What news?|
|Second Soldier||Belike ’tis but a rumour. Good night to you.||5|
|First Soldier||Well, sir, good night.|
|[Enter two other Soldiers]|
|Second Soldier||Soldiers, have careful watch.|
|Third Soldier||And you. Good night, good night.|
|[They place themselves in every corner of the stage]|
|Fourth Soldier||Here we: and if to-morrow|
|Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope||10|
|Our landmen will stand up.|
|Third Soldier||‘Tis a brave army,|
|And full of purpose.|
|[Music of the hautboys as under the stage]|
|Fourth Soldier||Peace! what noise?|
|First Soldier||List, list!||15|
|First Soldier||Music i’ the air.|
|Third Soldier||Under the earth.|
|Fourth Soldier||It signs well, does it not?|
|First Soldier||Peace, I say!|
|What should this mean?|
|Second Soldier||‘Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,|
|Now leaves him.|
|First Soldier||Walk; let’s see if other watchmen||25|
|Do hear what we do?|
|[They advance to another post]|
|Second Soldier||How now, masters!|
|All||[Speaking together] How now!|
|How now! do you hear this?|
|First Soldier||Ay; is’t not strange?||30|
|Third Soldier||Do you hear, masters? do you hear?|
|First Soldier||Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;|
|Let’s see how it will give off.|
|All||Content. ‘Tis strange.|
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 4, Scene 4
Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 3
From Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
5. Belike. Very Hkely.
10. Absolute. Certain.
* Hautboys. A wind instrument made of wood.
19. Signs. It is a good omen.
23. Hercules. A legendary Greek hero who was in later times regarded as a god.
32. Quarter. As far as the Hmits of our beat.
33. Give off. Cease.
34. Content. Very good, all right.
How to cite the explanatory notes:Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908.