ACT IV. SCENE III. Alexandria. Before the Palace.
[Enter two Soldiers to their guard.]
Brother, good night: to-morrow is the day.
It will determine one way: fare you well.
Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?
Nothing. What news?
Belike 'tis but a rumour. Good night to you.
Well, sir, good night.
[Enter two other Soldiers.]
Soldiers, have careful watch.
And you. Good night, good night.
[The first two place themselves at their posts.]
Here we: [The third and fourth take their posts.] and if
Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Our landmen will stand up.
'Tis a brave army,
And full of purpose.
[Music as of hautboys under the stage.]
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 lov'd,
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.
[Speaking together.] Content. 'Tis strange.