Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 3

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Enter a company of SOLDIERS
A company of SOLDIERS enters.

FIRST SOLDIER

Brother, good night. Tomorrow is the day.

FIRST SOLDIER

Good night, brother. Tomorrow is the day.

SECOND SOLDIER

It will determine one way. Fare you well.
Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?

SECOND SOLDIER

This battle will determine who wins the war. Take care of yourself. Have you heard about anything unusual happening in the city?

FIRST SOLDIER

Nothing. What news?

FIRST SOLDIER

No. What was it?

SECOND SOLDIER

5Belike ’tis but a rumor. Good night to you.

SECOND SOLDIER

It was probably just a rumor. Good night.

FIRST SOLDIER

Well, sir, good night.

FIRST SOLDIER

Well sir, good night.
They meet other SOLDIERS
Two other SOLDIERS enter.

SECOND SOLDIER

Soldiers, have careful watch.

SECOND SOLDIER

Soldiers, watch carefully.

THIRD SOLDIER

And you. Good night, good night.

THIRD SOLDIER

You too. Good night. Good night.
The four SOLDIERS place themselves in every corner of the stage
Each SOLDIER takes a post at a corner of the stage.

SECOND SOLDIER

Here we. And if tomorrow
10Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Our landmen will stand up.

SECOND SOLDIER

This is our station. And if our navy wins tomorrow, no doubt our army will do their part.

FIRST SOLDIER

’Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.

FIRST SOLDIER

It’s an outstanding army and highly motivated.
Music of the hautboys is under the stage
Oboe music comes from underneath the stage.

SECOND SOLDIER

Peace! What noise?

SECOND SOLDIER

Quiet! What’s that sound?

FIRST SOLDIER

List, list!

FIRST SOLDIER

Listen! Listen!

SECOND SOLDIER

15Hark!

SECOND SOLDIER

Listen!

FIRST SOLDIER

Music i’ th’ air.

FIRST SOLDIER

There’s music coming out of thin air.

THIRD SOLDIER

Under the earth.

THIRD SOLDIER

From under the earth.

FOURTH SOLDIER

It signs well, does it not?

FOURTH SOLDIER

It’s a lucky sign, isn’t it?

THIRD SOLDIER

No.

THIRD SOLDIER

No.