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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter a SENTRY and his company. ENOBARBUS follows
A SENTRY and his company enter, followed by ENOBARBUS.




SENTRY
If we be not relieved 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.
SENTRY
If we aren’t relieved in an hour, we have to return to our barracks. The night is bright, and they say we’ll be forming for battle by two a.m.

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FIRST WATCH
This last day was a shrewd one to ’s.
FIRST WATCH
That last day was a hard one for us.

ENOBARBUS
O bear me witness, night—
ENOBARBUS
Oh, listen to me, night—

SECOND WATCH
What man is this?
SECOND WATCH
Who is this?

FIRST WATCH
Stand close and list him.
FIRST WATCH
Stay hidden and listen.


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ENOBARBUS
Be witness to me, O thou blessèd moon,
When men revolted shall upon record
Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did
Before thy face repent.
ENOBARBUS
Be my witness, oh you blessed moon. The men who revolted against Antony will be remembered scornfully in the history books. But poor Enobarbus repented.

SENTRY
Enobarbus?
SENTRY
That’s Enobarbus?

SECOND WATCH
Peace! Hark further.
SECOND WATCH
Quiet! Keep listening.

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ENOBARBUS
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!
ENOBARBUS
Oh, moon, you queen of sadness, drop poisonous dew on me so that my life, which continues against my wishes, will end. Take my heart and throw it against my hard, stony sin. My heart, which dried out with grief, will surely break apart into a powder, and that will be the end of my disgusting mind. Oh, Antony! You are more noble than my revolt is dishonorable. Forgive my crimes against you, but let history record me as a fugitive traitor. Oh, Antony! Oh, Antony!

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Antony & Cleopatra (No Fear Shakespeare)