Document: All > Shakespeare > Tragedies > Antony and Cleopatra > Act IV, scene III
[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.
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
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!
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.
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
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?
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