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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!
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!
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