• Enter BARNARDO and FRANCISCO, two sentinels

    BARNARDO

    Who’s there?

    FRANCISCO

    Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself.

    BARNARDO

    Long live the king!

    FRANCISCO

      Barnardo?

    BARNARDO

        He.

    FRANCISCO

    You come most carefully upon your hour.

    BARNARDO

    5'Tis now struck twelve. Get thee to bed, Francisco.

    FRANCISCO

    For this relief much thanks. 'Tis bitter cold,
    And I am sick at heart.

    BARNARDO

        Have you had quiet guard?

    FRANCISCO

    Not a mouse stirring.

    BARNARDO

        Well, good night.
    If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
    10The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

    FRANCISCO

    I think I hear them.—Stand, ho! Who’s there?
    Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS
  • BARNARDO and FRANCISCO, two watchmen, enter.

    BARNARDO

    Who’s there?

    FRANCISCO

    No, who are you? Stop and identify yourself.

    BARNARDO

    Long live the king!

    FRANCISCO

    Is that Barnardo?

    BARNARDO

    Yes, it’s me.

    FRANCISCO

    You’ve come right on time.

    BARNARDO

    The clock’s just striking twelve. Go home to bed, Francisco.

    FRANCISCO

    Thanks for letting me go. It’s bitterly cold out, and I’m depressed.

    BARNARDO

    Has it been a quiet night?

    FRANCISCO

    I haven’t even heard a mouse squeak.

    BARNARDO

    Well, good night. If you happen to see Horatio and Marcellus, who are supposed to stand guard with me tonight, tell them to hurry.

    FRANCISCO

    I think I hear them. —Stop! Who’s there?
    MARCELLUS and HORATIO enter.