Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 9

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He dies
He dies.

FIRST WATCH

Let’s speak to him.

FIRST WATCH

Let’s speak to him.

SENTRY

Let’s hear him, for the things he speaks may concern Caesar.

SENTRY

Let’s listen to him. He may say something concerning Caesar.

SECOND WATCH

Let’s do so. But he sleeps.

SECOND WATCH

Good idea. But he’s sleeping.

SENTRY

30Swoons rather, for so bad a prayer as his
Was never yet for sleep.

SENTRY

It looks more like he fainted. No one ever gave a prayer like that before going to sleep.

FIRST WATCH

Go we to him.

FIRST WATCH

Let’s go to him.

SECOND WATCH

Awake, sir, awake. Speak to us.

SECOND WATCH

Wake up, sir, wake up. Speak to us.

FIRST WATCH

Hear you, sir?

FIRST WATCH

Do you hear us, sir?

SENTRY

35The hand of death hath raught him.

SENTRY

The hand of death has taken him.
Drums afar off
Drums are heard in the distance.
                                                                      Hark, the drums
Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him
To th’ court of guard. He is of note. Our hour
Is fully out.
Listen. The drums softly wake the sleepers. Let’s carry him to the barracks. He’s an important person. Our hour is up.

SECOND WATCH

Come on, then. He may recover yet.

SECOND WATCH

Come on, then. He may recover yet.
Exeunt with the body
They exit, carrying ENOBARBUS’s body.