Enter at different entrances Viola, and Feste playing
his pipe and tabor
Save thee, friend, and thy music. Dost thou live by
type of small drum, especially used in revelling
No, sir, I live by the church.
Art thou a Churchman?
No such matter, sir; I do live by the church. For I
do live at my house, and my house doth stand by the
So thou mayst say the king lies by a beggar, if a
beggar dwell near him; or the Church stands by thy
tabor, if thy tabor stand by the church.
You have said, sir. To see this age! A sentence is
but a cheveril glove to a good wit; how quickly the
wrong side may be turned outward!
Nay, that's certain. They that dally nicely with
words may quickly make them wanton.
I would therefore my sister had had no name, sir.
Why, sir, her name's a word, and to dally with that
word might make my sister wanton. But indeed, words
are very rascals, since bonds disgraced them.
Thy reason, man?
Troth, sir, I can yield you none without words, and
words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason
I warrant thou art a merry fellow, and car'st for
Not so, sir. I do care for something; but in my conscience,
sir, I do not care for you. If that be to care for
nothing, sir, I would it would make you invisible.
Art not thou the Lady Olivia's fool?
No indeed, sir, the Lady Olivia has no folly. She
will keep no fool, sir, till she be married, and fools are as
like husbands as pilchers are to herrings; the husband's
the bigger. I am indeed not her fool, but her corrupter
I saw thee late at the Count Orsino's.
Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it
shines everywhere. I would be sorry, sir, but the fool
should be as oft with your master as with my mistress.
I think I saw your wisdom there?
Nay, an thou pass upon me, I'll no more with
pass upon (v.)
[unclear meaning] jest at; impose on; pass judgement upon
thee. Hold, there's expenses for thee!
She gives him a coin
Now Jove, in his next commodity of hair, send
thee a beard!
By my troth, I'll tell thee, I am almost sick for
one – (aside) though I would not have it grow on my
chin. Is thy lady within?
Would not a pair of these have bred, sir?
Yes, being kept together and put to use.
I would play Lord Pandarus of Phrygia, sir, to
bring a Cressida to this Troilus.
I understand you, sir; 'tis well begged.
She gives another coin
The matter, I hope, is not great, sir, begging but a
beggar – Cressida was a beggar. My lady is within, sir.
I will conster to them whence you come. Who you are
and what you would are out of my welkin – I might say
‘ element,’ but the word is overworn.
This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;
And to do that well craves a kind of wit.
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
And, like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practice
As full of labour as a wise man's art.
art (n.) 1
knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fallen, quite taint their wit.
Enter Sir Toby and Sir Andrew
Save you, gentleman!
And you, sir!
Dieu vous garde, monsieur!
Et vous aussi; votre serviteur!
I hope, sir, you are, and I am yours.
Will you encounter the house? My niece is
desirous you should enter, if your trade be to her.
I am bound to your niece, sir. I mean, she is the
list of my voyage.
Taste your legs, sir; put them to motion.
My legs do better under-stand me, sir, than I
understand what you mean by bidding me taste my legs.
I mean to go, sir, to enter.
I will answer you with gate and entrance.
Enter Olivia and Maria
But we are prevented. (To Olivia) Most excellent,
accomplished lady, the heavens rain odours on you!
That youth's a rare courtier. ‘ Rain
odours ’! Well!
My matter hath no voice, lady, but to your own
most pregnant and vouchsafed ear.
‘ Odours;’ ‘ pregnant;’ and ‘ vouchsafed.’
I'll get 'em all three all ready.
Let the garden door be shut and leave me to my
Exeunt Sir Toby and Maria, Sir Andrew lingering before
he, too, leaves
Give me your hand, sir.
My duty, madam, and most humble service!
What is your name?
Cesario is your servant's name, fair princess.
My servant, sir? 'Twas never merry world
Since lowly feigning was called compliment.
Y'are servant to the Count Orsino, youth.
And he is yours, and his must needs be yours.
Your servant's servant is your servant, madam.
For him, I think not on him. For his thoughts,
Would they were blanks rather than filled with me.
Madam, I come to whet your gentle thoughts
On his behalf –
O, by your leave, I pray you.
I bade you never speak again of him.
But would you undertake another suit,
I had rather hear you to solicit that
Than music from the spheres.
sphere (n.) 1
celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbit
See Topics: Cosmos
Dear lady –
Give me leave, beseech you. I did send,
After the last enchantment you did here,
A ring in chase of you. So did I abuse
Myself, my servant, and, I fear me, you.
Under your hard construction must I sit,
To force that on you in a shameful cunning
Which you knew none of yours. What might you think?
Have you not set mine honour at the stake,
stake, at the
[bear-baiting] under attack; or [gambling]: at risk
And baited it with all th' unmuzzled thoughts
That tyrannous heart can think? To one of your receiving
Enough is shown; a cypress, not a bosom,
type of lightweight fabric, gauze cloth, crape material [when black, used in mourning]
Hides my heart. So let me hear you speak.
I pity you.
That's a degree to love.
No, not a grize; for 'tis a vulgar proof
That very oft we pity enemies.
Why, then, methinks 'tis time to smile again.
O world, how apt the poor are to be proud!
If one should be a prey, how much the better
To fall before the lion than the wolf!
The clock upbraids me with the waste of time.
Be not afraid, good youth; I will not have you.
And yet, when wit and youth is come to harvest,
Your wife is like to reap a proper man.
There lies your way, due west.
Then westward ho!
Grace and good disposition attend your ladyship.
You'll nothing, madam, to my lord by me?
I prithee, tell me what thou think'st of me?
That you do think you are not what you are.
If I think so, I think the same of you.
Then think you right; I am not what I am.
I would you were as I would have you be.
Would it be better, madam, than I am?
I wish it might, for now I am your fool.
O, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful
In the contempt and anger of his lip!
A murderous guilt shows not itself more soon
Than love that would seem hid: love's night is noon.
(To Viola) Cesario, by the roses of the spring,
By maidhood, honour, truth, and everything,
I love thee so that, maugre all thy pride,
Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.
Do not extort thy reasons from this clause:
For that I woo, thou therefore hast no cause.
But rather reason thus with reason fetter:
Love sought, is good; but given unsought, is better.
By innocence I swear, and by my youth,
I have one heart, one bosom, and one truth.
And that no woman has, nor never none
Shall mistress be of it, save I alone.
And so, adieu, good madam; never more
Will I my master's tears to you deplore.
Yet come again; for thou perhaps mayst move
That heart, which now abhors, to like his love.