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	[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
	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,
	When men revolted shall upon record
	Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did
	Before thy face repent!

First Soldier: Enobarbus!

Third Soldier: Peace!
	Hark further.

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
	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;
	But let the world rank me in register
	A master-leaver and a fugitive:
	O Antony! O Antony!

	[Dies]

Second Soldier: Let's speak To him.

First Soldier: Let's hear him, for the things he speaks
	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.

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
	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






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