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Antony and Cleopatra

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Act IV, Scene 3

The same. Before the palace.


[Enter two Soldiers to their guard]

  • Second Soldier. It will determine one way: fare you well.
    Heard you of nothing strange about the streets? 2580

[Enter two other Soldiers]

[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
    Our landmen will stand up. 2590

[Music of the hautboys as under the stage]

  • Second Soldier. 'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
    Now leaves him.
  • First Soldier. Walk; let's see if other watchmen 2605
    Do hear what we do?

[They advance to another post]

  • All. [Speaking together] How now!
    How now! do you hear this? 2610
  • First Soldier. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;
    Let's see how it will give off.
  • All. Content. 'Tis strange. 2615