Plutarch and Shakespeare Compared

The Life of Marcus Antonius Antony and Cleopatra
And in Cleopatra's admiral-galley, which was called the Antonias, a most inauspicious omen occurred. Some swallows had built in the stern of the galley, but other swallows came, beat the first away, and destroyed their nests. [DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS]
The Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder:

III.x.2-3

SCARUS
Swallows have built
In Cleopatra's sails their nests. The augurers
Say they know not, they cannot tell, look grimly
And dare not speak their knowledge.

IV.xii.3-6


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