Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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Editor’s NoteEnter a Sentry and his company; Enobarbus follows

sentry If we be not relieved within this hour

Editor’s Note2We must return to th' court of guard. The night

Editor’s Note3Is shiny, and they say we shall embattle

4By th' second hour i'th' morn.

first watch This last day was

Editor’s Note5A shrewd one to's.

enobarbus O bear me witness, night—

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second watch What man is this?

first watch Stand close, and list him.


enobarbus Be witness to me, O, thou blessèd moon,

8When men revolted shall upon record

9Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did

10Before thy face repent.

sentry Enobarbus?

second watch Peace; hark further.


enobarbus O, sovereign mistress of true melancholy,

Editor’s Note12The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me,

13That life, a very rebel to my will,

14May hang no longer on me. Throw my heart

15Against the flint and hardness of my fault,

16Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder,

pg 2636Editor’s Note17And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,

18Nobler than my revolt is infamous,

Editor’s Note19Forgive me in thine own particular,

20But let the world rank me in register

Editor’s Note21A master-leaver and a fugitive.

Editor’s Note22O, Antony! O, Antony!

[He dies]

first watch Let's speak to him.


sentry Let's hear him, for the things he speaks

25May concern Caesar.

second watch Let's do so. But he sleeps.


sentry Swoons, rather, for so bad a prayer as his

27Was never yet for sleep.

first watch Go we to him.


second watch Awake, sir, awake; speak to us.

first watch Hear you, sir?

Editor’s Note29

sentry The hand of death hath raught him.

Drums afar off

Hark, the drums

Editor’s Note30Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him

31To th' court of guard; he is of note. Our hour

Editor’s Note32Is fully out.


second watch Come on, then. He may recover yet.

Exeunt [with the body]

Notes Settings


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35.0 Enobarbus follows This entrance contrasts starkly with the preceding joyful, musical exit. Probably the sentry and his fellow watchmen (at least two are required) take up their posts before Enobarbus enters, unseen by them.
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35.2 court of guard guardroom
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35.3 embattle take up battle positions
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35.5 shrewd bad
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35.6 close aside
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35.6 list listen to
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35.12 disponge pour down (as from a squeezed sponge)
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35.17 O Antony This part of Enobarbus' death soliloquy might be something like a prayer.
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35.19 in thine own particular so far as you yourself are concerned
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35.21 master-leaver runaway servant
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35.21 fugitive deserter
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35.22 He dies It is not obvious to the soldiers, and may not be apparent to the audience either, that Enobarbus dies at this point.
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35.29 raught reached
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35.30 Demurely with subdued sound
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35.32 out expired
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