No Fear Act 5 Scene 4
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SECOND MESSENGER

As certain as I know the sun is fire:
Where have you lurk’d, that you make doubt of it?
50Ne’er through an arch so hurried the blown tide,
As the recomforted through the gates. Why, hark you!

SECOND MESSENGER

As certain as I know the sun is fire. Where have you been that you doubt it?
The tide has never blown more quickly through an arch as this reassuring news has blown through the gates. Why, look here!
Trumpets; hautboys; drums beat; all together
Trumpets and pipes sound, drums beat, all together.
The trumpets, sackbuts, psalteries and fifes,
Tabours and cymbals and the shouting Romans,
Make the sun dance. Hark you!
The trumpets, trombones, strings and pipes, drums and cymbals, and the shouting Romans sparkle in the sun. Listen!
A shout within
A shout comes from offstage.

MENENIUS

55This is good news:
I will go meet the ladies. This Volumnia
Is worth of consuls, senators, patricians,
A city full; of tribunes, such as you,
A sea and land full. You have pray’d well to-day:
60This morning for ten thousand of your throats
I’d not have given a doit. Hark, how they joy!

MENENIUS

This is good news. I’ll go meet the ladies. This Volumnia is worth of a city full of consuls, senators, and patricians, and she’s worth a sea and land full of tribunes. You have prayed well today. This morning I thought the chance that you’d live was one in ten thousand. Look how happy they are!
Music still, with shouts
Music still plays, with shouts.

SICINIUS

First, the gods bless you for your tidings; next,
Accept my thankfulness.

SICINIUS

First, may the gods bless you for your good news, and then accept my thanks.

SECOND MESSENGER

Sir, we have all
65Great cause to give great thanks.

SECOND MESSENGER

Sir, we have all great cause to give great thanks.

SICINIUS

They are near the city?

SICINIUS

Are they near the city?

SECOND MESSENGER

Almost at point to enter.

SECOND MESSENGER

They’re just about to enter.