Antony and Cleopatra
Act 4, Scene 3: The same. Before the palace.
Enter two Soldiers to their guard
Brother, good night: to-morrow is the day.
It will determine one way: fare you well.
Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?
Nothing. What news?
Belike ’tis but a rumour. Good night to you.
Well, sir, good night.
Enter two other Soldiers
Soldiers, have careful watch.
And you. Good night, good night.
They place themselves in every corner of the stage
Here we: and if to-morrow
Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Our landmen will stand up.
‘Tis a brave army,
And full of purpose.
Music of the hautboys as under the stage
Peace! what noise?
Music i’ the air.
Under the earth.
It signs well, does it not?
Peace, I say!
What should this mean?
‘Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
Now leaves him.
Walk; let’s see if other watchmen
Do hear what we do?
They advance to another post
How now, masters!
[Speaking together] How now!
How now! do you hear this?
Ay; is’t not strange?
Do you hear, masters? do you hear?
Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;
Let’s see how it will give off.
Content. ‘Tis strange.