Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
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Enter a Sentry and his company, the watch. Enobarbus

follows


SENTRY

If we be not relieved within this hour,

We must return to th' court of guard. The night
court of guard (n.) guard-house, guard-room

Is shiny, and they say we shall embattle
embattle (v.) deploy, draw up, marshal
shiny (adj.) moonlit, bright

By th' second hour i'th' morn.
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count


FIRST WATCH

                         This last day was

A shrewd one to's.
shrewd (adj.) 1 harsh, hard, severe


ENOBARBUS

                         O, bear me witness, night –


SECOND WATCH

What man is this?


FIRST WATCH

                         Stand close, and list him.


ENOBARBUS

Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon,

When men revolted shall upon record
revolted (adj.) 1 rebellious, insurgent, insubordinate

Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did

Before thy face repent!


SENTRY

                         Enobarbus?


SECOND WATCH

                                                         Peace;

Hark further.


ENOBARBUS

O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,

The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me,
damp (n.) fog, mist, vapour
disponge, dispunge (v.) pour out [as from a sponge], rain down, discharge

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,
flint (n.) 1 type of hard stone, flintstone

Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder,

And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,

Nobler than my revolt is infamous,
revolt (n.) 1 betrayal, change of heart, faithlessness

Forgive me in thine own particular,
particular (n.) 2 individual person, self

But let the world rank me in register
rank (v.) 2 place, class, put down
register (n.) 1 record, catalogue, inventory

A master-leaver and a fugitive.

He dies

O Antony! O Antony! He dies


FIRST WATCH

                         Let's speak to him.


SENTRY

Let's hear him, for the things he speaks

May concern Caesar.


SECOND WATCH

                         Let's do so. But he sleeps.


SENTRY

Swoons rather, for so bad a prayer as his
swoond (v.) variant spelling of ‘swoon’ or ‘swound’

Was never yet for sleep.


FIRST WATCH

                         Go we to him.


SECOND WATCH

Awake, sir, awake; speak to us.


FIRST WATCH

                         Hear you, sir?


SENTRY

The hand of death hath raught him.

Drums afar off
reach (v.), past form raught 3 carry off, snatch away, take hold of

                         Hark! The drums

Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him
demurely (adv.) gently, in a subdued way; or: solemnly

To th' court of guard; he is of note. Our hour
court of guard (n.) guard-house, guard-room

Is fully out.
out (adv.) 6 at an end, finished


SECOND WATCH

Come on then; he may recover yet.

Exeunt with the body

 
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