|The Life of Marcus Antonius||Antony and Cleopatra|
|That night, it is related, about the middle of it, when the whole city [of Alexandria] was in a deep silence and general sadness, expecting the event of the next day, on a sudden was heard the sound of all sorts of instruments, and voices singing in tune, and the cry of a crowd of people shouting and dancing, like a troop of bacchanals on its way. This tumultuous procession seemed to take its course right through the middle of the city to the gate nearest the enemy; here it became the loudest, and suddenly passed out. People who reflected considered this to signify that Bacchus, the god whom Antony had always made it his study to copy and imitate, had now forsaken him.||Fourth Soldier|
Peace! what noise?
Music i' the air.
Under the earth.
It signs well, does it not?
Peace, I say!
What should this mean?
'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
Now leaves him.
Walk; let's see if other watchmen
Do hear what we do?
They advance to another post
How now, masters!
[Speaking together] How now!
How now! do you hear this?
Ay; is't not strange?
Do you hear, masters? do you hear?
Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;
Let's see how it will give off.
Content. 'Tis strange.