Twelfth Night

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Enter Duke, Viola, Curio, and others.Enter Orsino, Viola, Curio, and others TN II.iv.1.1
Giue me some Musick; Now good morow frends.Give me some music! Now, good morrow, friends!morrow (n.)
TN II.iv.1
Now good Cesario , but that peece of song,Now, good Cesario, but that piece of song, TN II.iv.2
That old and Anticke song we heard last night;That old and antique song we heard last night.antic, antick(e), antique (adj.)
old-fashioned, old-world, antiquated
TN II.iv.3
Me thought it did releeue my passion much,Methought it did relieve my passion much,methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: Me thought
it seems / seemed to me
TN II.iv.4
passion (n.)
suffering, torment, deep grief
More then light ayres, and recollected termesMore than light airs and recollected termsrecollected (adj.)
studied, artificial, refined
TN II.iv.5
term (n.)

old form: termes
word, expression, utterance
Of these most briske and giddy-paced times.Of these most brisk and giddy-paced times.giddy-paced
whirling, moving at a bewildering pace
TN II.iv.6
Come, but one verse.Come, but one verse. TN II.iv.7
He is not heere (so please your Lordshippe) that should He is not here, so please your lordship, that should TN II.iv.8
sing it?sing it. TN II.iv.9
Who was it?Who was it? TN II.iv.10
Feste the Iester my Lord, a foole that the LadieFeste the jester, my lord, a fool that the Lady TN II.iv.11
Oliuiaes Father tooke much delight in. He is about theOlivia's father took much delight in. He is about the TN II.iv.12 TN II.iv.13
Seeke him out, and play the tune the while.Seek him out, and play the tune the while. TN II.iv.14
Exit Curio TN II.iv.14
Musicke playes.Music plays TN II.iv.15
Come hither Boy, if euer thou shalt loueCome hither, boy. If ever thou shalt love, TN II.iv.15
In the sweet pangs of it, remember me:In the sweet pangs of it, remember me. TN II.iv.16
For such as I am, all true Louers are,For such as I am, all true lovers are: TN II.iv.17
Vnstaid and skittish in all motions else,Unstaid and skittish in all motions else,motion (n.)
emotion, inclination, desire, impulse
TN II.iv.18
skittish (adj.)
changeable, fickle, inconstant
unstaid (adj.)

old form: Vnstaid
unsteady, unsettled, vacillating
Saue in the constant image of the creatureSave in the constant image of the creature TN II.iv.19
That is belou'd. How dost thou like this tune?That is beloved. How dost thou like this tune? TN II.iv.20
It giues a verie eccho to the seateIt gives a very echo to the seat TN II.iv.21
Where loue is thron'd.Where love is throned. TN II.iv.22.1
Thou dost speake masterly,Thou dost speak masterly.masterly (adv.)
from experience, in a masterly way
TN II.iv.22.2
My life vpon't, yong though thou art, thine eyeMy life upon't, young though thou art, thine eye TN II.iv.23
Hath staid vpon some fauour that it loues:Hath stayed upon some favour that it loves.favour (n.)

old form: fauour
[facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
TN II.iv.24
Hath it not boy?Hath it not, boy? TN II.iv.25.1
A little, by your fauour.A little, by your favour. TN II.iv.25.2
What kinde of woman ist?What kind of woman is't? TN II.iv.26.1
Of your complection.Of your complexion. TN II.iv.26.2
She is not worth thee then. What yeares ifaith?She is not worth thee, then. What years, i'faith? TN II.iv.27
About your yeeres my Lord.About your years, my lord. TN II.iv.28
Too old by heauen: Let still the woman takeToo old, by heaven. Let still the woman takestill (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
TN II.iv.29
An elder then her selfe, so weares she to him;An elder than herself; so wears she to him;wear (v.)

old form: weares
fashion, adapt, conform
TN II.iv.30
So swayes she leuell in her husbands heart:So sways she level in her husband's heart.level (adj.)

old form: leuell
steady, steadfast, constant
TN II.iv.31
sway (v.)

old form: swayes
move, proceed, progress
For boy, howeuer we do praise our selues,For, boy, however we do praise ourselves, TN II.iv.32
Our fancies are more giddie and vnfirme,Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm,giddy (adj.)

old form: giddie
frivolous, flighty, fickle, irresponsible
TN II.iv.33
fancy (n.)
love, amorousness, infatuation
unfirm (adj.)

old form: vnfirme
unsteady, flighty, capricious
More longing, wauering, sooner lost and worne,More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn,worn (adj.)

old form: worne
worn out, exhausted, spent
TN II.iv.34
Then womens are.Than women's are. TN II.iv.35.1
I thinke it well my Lord.I think it well, my lord. TN II.iv.35.2
Then let thy Loue be yonger then thy selfe,Then let thy love be younger than thyself, TN II.iv.36
Or thy affection cannot hold the bent:Or thy affection cannot hold the bent.affection (n.)
love, devotion
TN II.iv.37
bent (n.)
degree, capacity, extent [to which a bow can be bent]
For women are as Roses, whose faire flowreFor women are as roses whose fair flower, TN II.iv.38
Being once displaid, doth fall that verie howre.Being once displayed, doth fall that very hour.displayed (adj.)

old form: displaid
unfolded, opened, in full bloom
TN II.iv.39
And so they are: alas, that they are so:And so they are. Alas, that they are so, TN II.iv.40
To die, euen when they to perfection grow.To die, even when they to perfection grow. TN II.iv.41
Enter Curio & Clowne.Enter Curio and Feste TN II.iv.42
O fellow come, the song we had last night:O, fellow, come, the song we had last night. TN II.iv.42
Marke it Cesario, it is old and plaine;Mark it, Cesario; it is old and plain.old (adj.)
olden, ancient, bygone
TN II.iv.43
mark (v.)

old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
The Spinsters and the Knitters in the Sun,The spinsters, and the knitters in the sun,spinster (n.)
domestic woman, one who stays at home spinning
TN II.iv.44
And the free maides that weaue their thred with bones,And the free maids that weave their thread with bones,free (adj.)
free of worry, untroubled, carefree
TN II.iv.45
bone (n.)
[weaving] bobbin made of bone
Do vse to chaunt it: it is silly sooth,Do use to chant it. It is silly sooth,sooth (n.)
TN II.iv.46
silly (adj.)
simple, lowly, humble
And dallies with the innocence of loue,And dallies with the innocence of lovedally (v.)
deal lightly, play about, tease
TN II.iv.47
Like the old age.Like the old age.old (adj.)
olden, ancient, bygone
TN II.iv.48
Are you ready Sir?Are you ready, sir? TN II.iv.49.1
I prethee sing. Ay, prithee sing. TN II.iv.49.2
Musicke.Music plays TN II.iv.50
The Song.(sings) TN II.iv.50
Come away, come away death,Come away, come away, death, TN II.iv.50
And in sad cypresse let me be laide.And in sad cypress let me be laid.sad (adj.)
downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
TN II.iv.51
Fye away, fie away breath,Fie away, fie away, breath!fie away (v.)

old form: Fye
be off, be gone
TN II.iv.52
I am slaine by a faire cruell maide:I am slain by a fair cruel maid. TN II.iv.53
My shrowd of white, stuck all with Ew, My shroud of white, stuck all with yew, TN II.iv.54
O prepare it.O, prepare it! TN II.iv.55
My part of death no one so true My part of death, no one so truetrue (adj.)
loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance
TN II.iv.56
did share it.Did share it. TN II.iv.57
Not a flower, not a flower sweeteNot a flower, not a flower sweet TN II.iv.58
On my blacke coffin, let there be strewne:On my black coffin let there be strewn. TN II.iv.59
Not a friend, not a friend greetNot a friend, not a friend greetgreet (v.)
bewail, lament, weep for
TN II.iv.60
My poore corpes, where my bones shall be throwne:My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown. TN II.iv.61
A thousand thousand sighes to saue, A thousand thousand sighs to save, TN II.iv.62
lay me ô whereLay me, O, where TN II.iv.63
Sad true louer neuer find my graue,Sad true lover never find my grave TN II.iv.64
to weepe there.To weep there. TN II.iv.65
There's for thy paines.There's for thy pains. TN II.iv.66
He gives Feste money TN II.iv.67
No paines sir, I take pleasure in singing sir.No pains, sir. I take pleasure in singing, sir. TN II.iv.67
Ile pay thy pleasure then.I'll pay thy pleasure, then. TN II.iv.68
Truely sir, and pleasure will be paide one time, orTruly, sir, and pleasure will be paid, one time or TN II.iv.69
another.another. TN II.iv.70
Giue me now leaue, to leaue thee.Give me now leave, to leave thee. TN II.iv.71
Now the melancholly God protect thee, and theNow the melancholy god protect thee, and the TN II.iv.72
Tailor make thy doublet of changeable Taffata, for thytailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thychangeable (adj.)
of varying colour [when viewed from different angles], shot
TN II.iv.73
man's close-fitting jacket with short skirt
minde is a very Opall. I would haue men of such constancie mind is a very opal. I would have men of such constancy TN II.iv.74
put to Sea, that their businesse might be euery thing,put to sea, that their business might be everything, TN II.iv.75
and their intent euerie where, for that's it, that and their intent everywhere; for that's it thatintent (n.)
intention, purpose, aim
TN II.iv.76
alwayes makes a good voyage of nothing. Farewell. always makes a good voyage of nothing. Farewell. TN II.iv.77
ExitExit Feste TN II.iv.77
Let all the rest giue place: Let all the rest give place. TN II.iv.78.1
Curio and attendants withdraw TN II.iv.78
Once more Cesario,Once more, Cesario, TN II.iv.78.2
Get thee to yond same soueraigne crueltie:Get thee to yond same sovereign cruelty. TN II.iv.79
Tell her my loue, more noble then the worldTell her my love, more noble than the world,world (n.)
whole of mankind, human race, mass of society
TN II.iv.80
Prizes not quantitie of dirtie lands,Prizes not quantity of dirty lands. TN II.iv.81
The parts that fortune hath bestow'd vpon her:The parts that fortune hath bestowed upon herpart (n.)
quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
TN II.iv.82
Tell her I hold as giddily as Fortune:Tell her I hold as giddily as fortune.giddily (adv.)
lightly, carelessly, inconsequentially
TN II.iv.83
But 'tis that miracle, and Queene of IemsBut 'tis that miracle and queen of gems TN II.iv.84
That nature prankes her in, attracts my soule.That nature pranks her in, attracts my soul.prank (v.)

old form: prankes
dress up, deck out, adorn
TN II.iv.85
But if she cannot loue you sir.But if she cannot love you, sir? TN II.iv.86
It cannot be so answer'd.It cannot be so answered. TN II.iv.87.1
Sooth but you must.Sooth, but you must.sooth (n.)
truth [in exclamations, emphasizing an assertion]
TN II.iv.87.2
Say that some Lady, as perhappes there is,Say that some lady, as perhaps there is, TN II.iv.88
Hath for your loue as great a pang of heartHath for your love as great a pang of heart TN II.iv.89
As you haue for Oliuia: you cannot loue her:As you have for Olivia. You cannot love her. TN II.iv.90
You tel her so: Must she not then be answer'd?You tell her so. Must she not then be answered? TN II.iv.91
There is no womans sidesThere is no woman's sides TN II.iv.92
Can bide the beating of so strong a passion,Can bide the beating of so strong a passionbide (v.)
endure, suffer, undergo
TN II.iv.93
As loue doth giue my heart: no womans heartAs love doth give my heart; no woman's heart TN II.iv.94
So bigge, to hold so much, they lacke retention.So big to hold so much, they lack retention.retention (n.)
[medicine] power to retain emotion
TN II.iv.95
Alas, their loue may be call'd appetite,Alas, their love may be called appetite,appetite (n.)
desire, longing, inclination, fancy
TN II.iv.96
No motion of the Liuer, but the Pallat,No motion of the liver, but the palate,motion (n.)
emotion, inclination, desire, impulse
TN II.iv.97
liver (n.)

old form: Liuer
part of the body thought to be the seat of the passions [especially sexual desire]
That suffer surfet, cloyment, and reuolt,That suffer surfeit, cloyment, and revolt.suffer (v.)
undergo, sustain, endure
TN II.iv.98
surfeit (n.)

old form: surfet
sickness brought on by excess
cloyment (n.)
excessive gratification, gorging, satiety
But mine is all as hungry as the Sea,But mine is all as hungry as the sea, TN II.iv.99
And can digest as much, make no compareAnd can digest as much. Make no comparecompare (n.)
comparison, simile, analogy
TN II.iv.100
Betweene that loue a woman can beare me,Between that love a woman can bear me TN II.iv.101
And that I owe Oliuia.And that I owe Olivia. TN II.iv.102.1
I but I know.Ay, but I know –  TN II.iv.102.2
What dost thou knowe?What dost thou know? TN II.iv.103
Too well what loue women to men may owe:Too well what love women to men may owe. TN II.iv.104
In faith they are as true of heart, as we.In faith, they are as true of heart as we. TN II.iv.105
My Father had a daughter lou'd a manMy father had a daughter loved a man –  TN II.iv.106
As it might be perhaps, were I a womanAs it might be perhaps, were I a woman, TN II.iv.107
I should your Lordship.I should your lordship. TN II.iv.108.1
And what's her history?And what's her history? TN II.iv.108.2
A blanke my Lord: she neuer told her loue,A blank, my lord. She never told her love, TN II.iv.109
But let concealment like a worme i'th buddeBut let concealment, like a worm i'the bud,worm (n.)

old form: worme
germ, microbe, bug
TN II.iv.110
Feede on her damaske cheeke: she pin'd in thought,Feed on her damask cheek. She pined in thought,thought (n.)
melancholic reflection, anxiety, sorrow, worry
TN II.iv.111
damask (adj./n.)

old form: damaske
light-red, pink [colour of the damask rose]
And with a greene and yellow melancholly,And with a green and yellow melancholy, TN II.iv.112
She sate like Patience on a Monument,She sat like Patience on a monument, TN II.iv.113
Smiling at greefe. Was not this loue indeede?Smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed? TN II.iv.114
We men may say more, sweare more, but indeedWe men may say more, swear more, but indeed TN II.iv.115
Our shewes are more then will: for still we proueOur shows are more than will; for still we provewill (n.)
desire, wish, liking, inclination
TN II.iv.116
still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
show (n.)

old form: shewes
appearance, exhibition, display
Much in our vowes, but little in our loue.Much in our vows, but little in our love. TN II.iv.117
But di'de thy sister of her loue my Boy?But died thy sister of her love, my boy? TN II.iv.118
I am all the daughters of my Fathers house,I am all the daughters of my father's house, TN II.iv.119
And all the brothers too: and yet I know not.And all the brothers too; and yet, I know not. . . . TN II.iv.120
Sir, shall I to this Lady?Sir, shall I to this lady? TN II.iv.121.1
I that's the Theame,Ay, that's the theme. TN II.iv.121.2
To her in haste: giue her this Iewell: say,To her in haste; give her this jewel; say TN II.iv.122
My loue can giue no place, bide no denay. My love can give no place, bide no denay.denay (n.)
denial, refusal, rejection
TN II.iv.123
bide (v.)
endure, suffer, undergo
exeuntExeunt TN II.iv.123
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