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Antony and Cleopatra Scenes


Scene 9

Alexandria. Octavius Caesar’s camp.

(Caesar’s Sentry; Caesar’s First Watchman; Caesar’s Second Watchman; Enobarbus)


Sentries overhear Enobarbus repenting before he dies. (43 lines)

Enter Caesar’s Sentry and his Company. Enobarbus follows.

CAES. SENT.

If we be not reliev’d within this hour,

We must return to th’ court of guard. The night

Is shiny, and they say we shall embattle

By th’ second hour i’ th’ morn.

CAES. 1. WATCH.

This last day was

A shrewd one to ’s.

ENO.

O, bear me witness, night—

CAES. 2. WATCH.

What man is this?

CAES. 1. WATCH.

Stand close, and list him.

ENO.

Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon,

When men revolted shall upon record

Bear hateful memory: poor Enobarbus did

Before thy face repent.

CAES. SENT.

Enobarbus?

CAES. 2. WATCH.

Peace!

Hark further.

ENO.

O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,

The poisonous damp of night dispunge upon me,

That life, a very rebel to my will,

May hang no longer on me. Throw my heart

Against the flint and hardness of my fault,

Which being dried with grief will break to powder,

And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,

Nobler than my revolt is infamous,

Forgive me in thine own particular,

But let the world rank me in register

A master-leaver and a fugitive.

O Antony! O Antony!

Dies.

CAES. 1. WATCH.

Let’s speak to him.

CAES. SENT.

Let’s hear him, for the things he speaks

May concern Caesar.

CAES. 2. WATCH.

Let’s do so. But he sleeps.

CAES. SENT.

Swoonds rather, for so bad a prayer as his

Was never yet for sleep.

CAES. 1. WATCH.

Go we to him.

CAES. 2. WATCH.

Awake, sir, awake, speak to us.

CAES. 1. WATCH.

Hear you, sir?

CAES. SENT.

The hand of death hath raught him.

Drums afar off.

Hark, the drums

Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him

To th’ court of guard; he is of note. Our hour

Is fully out.

CAES. 2. WATCH.

Come on then, he may recover yet.

Exeunt with the body.

 

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