Antony and Cleopatra
|ACT IV SCENE IX||Octavius Caesar’s camp.|
|[Sentinels at their post]|
|First Soldier||If we be not relieved within this hour,|
|We must return to the court of guard: the night|
|Is shiny; and they say we shall embattle|
|By the second hour i’ the morn.|
|Second Soldier||This last day was||5|
|A shrewd one to’s.|
|[Enter DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS]|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||O, bear me witness, night,–|
|Third Soldier||What man is this?|
|Second Soldier||Stand close, and list him.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon,||10|
|When men revolted shall upon record|
|Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did|
|Before thy face repent!|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,|
|The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me,|
|That life, a very rebel to my will,|
|May hang no longer on me: throw my heart||20|
|Against the flint and hardness of my fault:|
|Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder,|
|And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,|
|Nobler than my revolt is infamous,|
|Forgive me in thine own particular;||25|
|But let the world rank me in register|
|A master-leaver and a fugitive:|
|O Antony! O Antony!|
|Second Soldier||Let’s speak To him.|
|First Soldier||Let’s hear him, for the things he speaks||30|
|May concern Caesar.|
|Third Soldier||Let’s do so. But he sleeps.|
|First Soldier||Swoons rather; for so bad a prayer as his|
|Was never yet for sleep.|
|Second Soldier||Go we to him.||35|
|Third Soldier||Awake, sir, awake; speak to us.|
|Second Soldier||Hear you, sir?|
|First Soldier||The hand of death hath raught him.|
|[Drums afar off]|
|Hark! the drums|
|Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him||40|
|To the court of guard; he is of note: our hour|
|Is fully out.|
|Third Soldier||Come on, then;|
|He may recover yet.|
|[Exeunt with the body]|
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 4, Scene 10
Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 9
From Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
2. Court of guard. The guard room where the sentinels muster.
3. Shiny. Clear.
3. Embattle. Muster for battle.
6. Shrewd. Bad, unfortunate.
9. List. Listen to him.
11. Revolted. Who have revolted, been traitors.
17. Melancholy. The influence of the moon was supposed to produce madness.
18. Disponge. Shed like a sponge.
20. Throw my heart. Johnson regards this line as a conceit unworthy of Shakespeare.
25. Particular. That is, as far as you yourself are concerned, but let the world call me a traitor.
38. Raught. Reached him.
40. Demurely. That is, gravely, with measured beat of drums, as befits so serious a day as the one before us.
41. Note. Importance, rank.
How to cite the explanatory notes:Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908.