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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
Second Soldier Hark!
First Soldier Music i’ the air.
Third Soldier Under the earth.
Fourth Soldier It signs well, does it not?
Third Soldier No. 20
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.