ACT 4, SCENE 3: The same. Before the palace.

[Enter two Soldiers to their guard]

First Soldier: Brother, good night: to-morrow is the day.

Second Soldier: It will determine one way: fare you well.
Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?

First Soldier: Nothing. What news?

Second Soldier: Belike 'tis but a rumour. Good night to you.                      [5]

First Soldier: Well, sir, good night.

[Enter two other Soldiers]

Second Soldier:               Soldiers, have careful watch.

Third Soldier: And you. Good night, good night.

[They place themselves in every corner of the stage]

Fourth Soldier: Here we: and if to-morrow
Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Our landmen will stand up.                                                                    [10]

Third Soldier:                'Tis a brave army,
And full of purpose.

[Music of the hautboys as under the stage]

Fourth Soldier: Peace! what noise?

First Soldier:               List, list!

Second Soldier:      Hark!

First Soldier:           Music i' the air.

Third Soldier:           Under the earth.

Fourth Soldier:           It signs well, does it not?

Third Soldier:           No.

First Soldier:                Peace, I say!
What should this mean?

Second Soldier: 'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
Now leaves him.                                                                                        [15]

First Soldier: Walk; let's see if other watchmen
Do hear what we do?

[They advance to another post]

Second Soldier: How now, masters!

All:                [Speaking together] How now!
How now! do you hear this?

First Soldier:                     Ay; is't not strange?

Third Soldier: Do you hear, masters? do you hear?                                        [20]

First Soldier: Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;
Let's see how it will give off.

All: Content. 'Tis strange.


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