Antony and Cleopatra
Act 4, Scene 9
Alexandria. Octavius Caesar’s camp.
- Enter Caesar’s Sentry and his Company. Enobarbus follows.
Caesar’s Sentry2 - 5
- 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.
Caesar’s First Watchman6 - 7
- This last day was
- A shrewd one to ’s.
- O, bear me witness, night—
Caesar’s Second Watchman9
- What man is this?
Caesar’s First Watchman10
- Stand close, and list him.
Domitius Enobarbus11 - 14
- Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon,
- When men revolted shall upon record
- Bear hateful memory: poor Enobarbus did
- Before thy face repent.
Caesar’s Second Watchman16 - 17
- Hark further.
Domitius Enobarbus18 - 29
- O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,
- The poisonous damp of night disponge 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!
Caesar’s First Watchman31
- Let’s speak to him.
Caesar’s Sentry32 - 33
- Let’s hear him, for the things he speaks
- May concern Caesar.
Caesar’s Second Watchman34
- Let’s do so. But he sleeps.
Caesar’s Sentry35 - 36
- Swoonds rather, for so bad a prayer as his
- Was never yet for sleep.
Caesar’s First Watchman37
- Go we to him.
Caesar’s Second Watchman38
- Awake, sir, awake, speak to us.
Caesar’s First Watchman39
- Hear you, sir?
Caesar’s Sentry40 - 45
- 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.
Caesar’s Second Watchman46
- Come on then, he may recover yet.
- Exeunt with the body.