Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter BARNARDO and FRANCISCO, two sentinels
BARNARDO and FRANCISCO, two watchmen, enter.

BARNARDO

Who’s there?

BARNARDO

Who’s there?

FRANCISCO

Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself.

FRANCISCO

No, who are you? Stop and identify yourself.

BARNARDO

Long live the king!

BARNARDO

Long live the king!

FRANCISCO

  Barnardo?

FRANCISCO

Is that Barnardo?

BARNARDO

    He.

BARNARDO

Yes, it’s me.

FRANCISCO

You come most carefully upon your hour.

FRANCISCO

You’ve come right on time.

BARNARDO

5'Tis now struck twelve. Get thee to bed, Francisco.

BARNARDO

The clock’s just striking twelve. Go home to bed, Francisco.

FRANCISCO

For this relief much thanks. 'Tis bitter cold,
And I am sick at heart.

FRANCISCO

Thanks for letting me go. It’s bitterly cold out, and I’m depressed.

BARNARDO

    Have you had quiet guard?

BARNARDO

Has it been a quiet night?

FRANCISCO

Not a mouse stirring.

FRANCISCO

I haven’t even heard a mouse squeak.

BARNARDO

    Well, good night.
If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
10The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

BARNARDO

Well, good night. If you happen to see Horatio and Marcellus, who are supposed to stand guard with me tonight, tell them to hurry.

FRANCISCO

I think I hear them.—Stand, ho! Who’s there?

FRANCISCO

I think I hear them. —Stop! Who’s there?
Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS
MARCELLUS and HORATIO enter.