Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

FIRST SOLDIER

20Peace, I say! What should this mean?

FIRST SOLDIER

Quiet, I say. What does this mean?

SECOND SOLDIER

’Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
Now leaves him.

SECOND SOLDIER

FIRST SOLDIER

Walk. Let’s see if other watchmen
Do hear what we do.

FIRST SOLDIER

Let’s walk over and see if the other soldiers heard the same thing.
They advance toward the other SOLDIERS
They go to speak with the other SOLDIERS.

SECOND SOLDIER

25How now, masters?

SECOND SOLDIER

Hello there, good sirs.

ALL

(speak together) How now? How now? Do you hear this?

ALL

(speaking at the same time) What now? What now? Do you hear that?

FIRST SOLDIER

Ay. Is ’t not strange?

FIRST SOLDIER

Yes. Isn’t it strange?

THIRD SOLDIER

Do you hear, masters? Do you hear?

THIRD SOLDIER

Do you hear that, men? Do you?

FIRST SOLDIER

Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;
30Let’s see how it will give off.

FIRST SOLDIER

Let’s follow the music as far as we can without leaving our station and see if it stops.

ALL

                                                       Content. ’Tis strange.

ALL

Good idea. It’s very strange.
Exeunt
They exit.