Twelfth Night

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Enter Viola and Clowne.Enter at different entrances Viola, and Feste playing TN III.i.1.1
his pipe and tabor TN III.i.1.2
Saue thee Friend and thy Musick: dost thou liue by Save thee, friend, and thy music. Dost thou live by TN III.i.1
thy Tabor?thy tabor?tabor (n.)
type of small drum, especially used in revelling
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No sir, I liue by the Church.No, sir, I live by the church. TN III.i.3
Art thou a Churchman?Art thou a Churchman? TN III.i.4
No such matter sir, I do liue by the Church: For, I No such matter, sir; I do live by the church. For I TN III.i.5
do liue at my house, and my house dooth stand by thedo live at my house, and my house doth stand by the TN III.i.6 TN III.i.7
So thou maist say the Kings lyes by a begger, if aSo thou mayst say the king lies by a beggar, if alie (v.)

old form: lyes
sleep, go to bed
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begger dwell neer him: or the Church stands by thy beggar dwell near him; or the Church stands by thystand by (v.)
support, uphold, maintain
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Tabor, if thy Tabor stand by the Church.tabor, if thy tabor stand by the church. TN III.i.10
You haue said sir: To see this age: A sentence isYou have said, sir. To see this age! A sentence issay (v.)
speak the truth, speak to the point
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but a cheu'rill gloue to a good witte, how quickely thebut a cheverel glove to a good wit; how quickly thecheverel (adj.)

old form: cheu'rill
flexible, yielding, pliant
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wit (n.)

old form: witte
lively person, sharp-minded individual
wrong side may be turn'd outward.wrong side may be turned outward! TN III.i.13
Nay that's certaine: they that dally nicely withNay, that's certain. They that dally nicely withnicely (adv.)
subtly, triflingly, fancifully
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dally (v.)
deal lightly, play about, tease
words, may quickely make them wanton.words may quickly make them wanton.wanton (adj.)
equivocal, ambiguous, uncontrollable
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I would therefore my sister had had no name Sir.I would therefore my sister had had no name, sir. TN III.i.16
Why man?Why, man? TN III.i.17
Why sir, her names a word, and to dallie with that Why, sir, her name's a word, and to dally with that TN III.i.18
word, might make my sister wanton: But indeede, words word might make my sister wanton. But indeed, wordswanton (adj.)
sexually hot, passionate, sportive
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are very Rascals, since bonds disgrac'd them.are very rascals, since bonds disgraced (n.)
deed, contract, pledge
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Thy reason man?Thy reason, man? TN III.i.21
Troth sir, I can yeeld you none without wordes, and Troth, sir, I can yield you none without words, andtroth, good troth (n.)
exclamations, emphasizing an assertion - truly, indeed
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wordes are growne so false, I am loath to proue reason words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reasonfalse (adj.)
sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
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with them.with them. TN III.i.24
I warrant thou art a merry fellow, and car'st forI warrant thou art a merry fellow, and car'st forwarrant (v.)
assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
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nothing.nothing. TN III.i.26
Not so sir, I do care for something: but in my concience Not so, sir. I do care for something; but in my conscience, TN III.i.27
sir, I do not care for you: if that be to care for sir, I do not care for you. If that be to care for TN III.i.28
nothing sir, I would it would make you inuisible.nothing, sir, I would it would make you invisible. TN III.i.29
Art not thou the Lady Oliuia's foole?Art not thou the Lady Olivia's fool? TN III.i.30
No indeed sir, the Lady Oliuia has no folly, sheeNo indeed, sir, the Lady Olivia has no folly. She TN III.i.31
will keepe no foole sir, till she be married, and fooles are as will keep no fool, sir, till she be married, and fools are as TN III.i.32
like husbands, as Pilchers are to Herrings, the Husbands like husbands as pilchers are to herrings; the husband'spilcher (n.)
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the bigger, I am indeede not her foole, but hir corrupter the bigger. I am indeed not her fool, but her corrupter TN III.i.34
of words.of words. TN III.i.35
I saw thee late at the Count Orsino's.I saw thee late at the Count Orsino's. TN III.i.36
Foolery sir, does walke about the Orbe like the Sun, it Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it TN III.i.37
shines euery where. I would be sorry sir, but the Foole shines everywhere. I would be sorry, sir, but the fool TN III.i.38
should be as oft with your Master, as with my Mistris: should be as oft with your master as with my mistress.oft (adv.)
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I thinke I saw your wisedome there.I think I saw your wisdom there? TN III.i.40
Nay, and thou passe vpon me, Ile no more withNay, an thou pass upon me, I'll no more withpass upon (v.)

old form: passe vpon
[unclear meaning] jest at; impose on; pass judgement upon
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and, an (conj.)
if, whether
thee. Hold there's expences for thee.thee. Hold, there's expenses for thee! TN III.i.42
She gives him a coin TN III.i.43.1
Now Ioue in his next commodity of hayre, sendNow Jove, in his next commodity of hair, sendJove (n.)
[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme god
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commodity (n.)
supply, quantity, stock, consignment
thee a beard.thee a beard! TN III.i.44
By my troth Ile tell thee, I am almost sicke forBy my troth, I'll tell thee, I am almost sick forsick (adj.)

old form: sicke
longing, pining, avid
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troth, by my
by my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]
one, though I would not haue it grow on my one – (aside) though I would not have it grow on my TN III.i.46
chinne. Is thy Lady within?chin. Is thy lady within? TN III.i.47
Would not a paire of these haue bred sir?Would not a pair of these have bred, sir? TN III.i.48
Yes being kept together, and put to vse.Yes, being kept together and put to use.use (n.)

old form: vse
profit, interest, premium
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I would play Lord Pandarus of Phrygia sir, to I would play Lord Pandarus of Phrygia, sir, toPhrygia (n.)
[pron: 'frijia] central plateau area of Asia Minor where Troy was situated
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Pandarus (n.)
[pron: 'pandarus] Trojan prince, killed by Diomedes; Cressida's uncle and go-between
bring a Cressida to this Troylus.bring a Cressida to this Troilus.Cressid, Cressida
fickle daughter of Calchas, a priest of Troy; beloved by Troilus, a Trojan prince, she deserted him for Diomed; character in Troilus and Cressida
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Troilus (n.)
[pron: 'troylus] youngest son of Priam and Hecuba; killed by Achilles; lover of Cressida
I vnderstand you sir, tis well begg'd.I understand you, sir; 'tis well begged. TN III.i.52
She gives another coin TN III.i.53
The matter I hope is not great sir; begging, but aThe matter, I hope, is not great, sir, begging but a TN III.i.53
begger: Cressida was a begger. My Lady is within sir.beggar – Cressida was a beggar. My lady is within, sir. TN III.i.54
I will conster to them whence you come, who you are, I will conster to them whence you come. Who you areconster (v.)
explain, inform, give an account
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and what you would are out of my welkin, I might say and what you would are out of my welkin – I might saywelkin, out of one's
out of one's element, none of one's business
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Element, but the word is ouer-worne. ‘ element,’ but the word is overworn. TN III.i.57
exitExit TN III.i.57
This fellow is wise enough to play the foole,This fellow is wise enough to play the fool; TN III.i.58
And to do that well, craues a kinde of wit:And to do that well craves a kind of wit.wit (n.)
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
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crave (v.)

old form: craues
need, demand, require
He must obserue their mood on whom he iests,He must observe their mood on whom he jests, TN III.i.60
The quality of persons, and the time:The quality of persons, and the time,quality (n.)
nature, disposition, character
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And like the Haggard, checke at euery FeatherAnd, like the haggard, check at every feathercheck at (v.)

old form: checke
[falconry] swerve to pounce on, turn towards, swoop at
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haggard (n.)
[falconry] wild hawk
That comes before his eye. This isa practice,That comes before his eye. This is a practicepractice (n.)
occupation, profession, line of work
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As full of labour as a Wise-mans Art:As full of labour as a wise man's (n.)
knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
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For folly that he wisely shewes, is fit;For folly that he wisely shows is fit;fit (adj.)
suited, fitting, appropriate
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But wisemens folly falne, quite taint their wit.But wise men, folly-fallen, quite taint their wit.wit (n.)
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
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folly-fallen (adj.)

old form: folly falne
falling into folly, stooping to foolishness
taint (v.)
impair, harm, injure
Enter Sir Toby and Andrew.Enter Sir Toby and Sir Andrew TN III.i.67
Saue you Gentleman.Save you, gentleman! TN III.i.67
And you sir.And you, sir! TN III.i.68
Dieu vou guard Monsieur.Dieu vous garde, monsieur!Dieu (n.)
God [Click on this word for a link to a translation of the French in this scene.]
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Et vouz ousie vostre seruiture.Et vous aussi; votre serviteur! TN III.i.70
I hope sir, you are, and I am yours.I hope, sir, you are, and I am yours. TN III.i.71
Will you incounter the house, my Neece is Will you encounter the house? My niece isencounter (v.)

old form: incounter
approach, go to, move towards
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desirous you should enter, if your trade be to her.desirous you should enter, if your trade be to (n.)
business, dealings
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I am bound to your Neece sir, I meane she is theI am bound to your niece, sir. I mean, she is the TN III.i.74
list of my voyage.list of my voyage.list (n.)
limit, objective
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Taste your legges sir, put them to motion.Taste your legs, sir; put them to motion.taste (v.)
try out, test, put to the proof
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My legges do better vnderstand me sir, then I My legs do better under-stand me, sir, than Iunderstand (v.)

old form: vnderstand
stand under the force of [with pun on ‘comprehend’]
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vnderstand what you meane by bidding me taste my legs.understand what you mean by bidding me taste my legs. TN III.i.78
I meane to go sir, to enter.I mean to go, sir, to enter. TN III.i.79
I will answer you with gate and entrance, I will answer you with gate and entrance. TN III.i.80
Enter Oliuia, and Gentlewoman.Enter Olivia and Maria TN III.i.81.1
but we are preuented. Most excellent But we are prevented. (To Olivia) Most excellent,prevent (v.)
forestall, anticipate
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accomplish'd Lady, the heauens raine Odours on you.accomplished lady, the heavens rain odours on you! TN III.i.82
(aside) TN III.i.83.1
That youth's a rare Courtier, raine That youth's a rare courtier. ‘ Rainrare (adj.)
marvellous, splendid, excellent
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odours, wel.odours ’! Well! TN III.i.84
My matter hath no voice Lady, but to your owneMy matter hath no voice, lady, but to your ownmatter (n.)
affair(s), business, real issue
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most pregnant and vouchsafed eare.most pregnant and vouchsafed ear.pregnant (adj.)
well-disposed, ready, inclined, receptive
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vouchsafed (adj.)
well-bestowed, kindly granted
Odours, pregnant, and vouchsafed: ‘ Odours;’ ‘ pregnant;’ and ‘ vouchsafed.’ TN III.i.87
Ile get 'em all three already.I'll get 'em all three all ready. TN III.i.88
Let the Garden doore be shut, and leaue mee to my Let the garden door be shut and leave me to my TN III.i.89
hearing. hearing. TN III.i.90
Exeunt Sir Toby and Maria, Sir Andrew lingering before TN III.i.90.1
he, too, leaves TN III.i.90.2
Giue me your hand sir.Give me your hand, sir. TN III.i.91
My dutie Madam, and most humble seruice.My duty, madam, and most humble service!duty (n.)

old form: dutie
reverence, due respect, proper attitude
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What is your name?What is your name? TN III.i.93
Cesario is your seruants name, faire Princesse.Cesario is your servant's name, fair princess.servant (n.)

old form: seruant
devotee, one who gives dedicated service, lover
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My seruant sir? 'Twas neuer merry world,My servant, sir? 'Twas never merry worldworld (n.)
times, life, state of affairs
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Since lowly feigning was call'd complement:Since lowly feigning was called compliment.lowly (adj.)
humble, modest, submissive
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feigning (n.)
pretentiousness, posturing, courtly display
y'are seruant to the Count Orsino youth.Y'are servant to the Count Orsino, youth. TN III.i.97
And he is yours, and his must needs be yours:And he is yours, and his must needs be yours. TN III.i.98
your seruants seruant, is your seruant Madam.Your servant's servant is your servant, madam. TN III.i.99
For him, I thinke not on him: for his thoughts,For him, I think not on him. For his thoughts, TN III.i.100
Would they were blankes, rather then fill'd with me.Would they were blanks rather than filled with me. TN III.i.101
Madam, I come to whet your gentle thoughtsMadam, I come to whet your gentle thoughtsgentle (adj.)
soft, tender, kind
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On his behalfe.On his behalf –  TN III.i.103.1
O by your leaue I pray you.O, by your leave, I pray you. TN III.i.103.2
I bad you neuer speake againe of him;I bade you never speak again of (v.), past form bade

old form: bad
command, order, enjoin, tell
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But would you vndertake another suiteBut would you undertake another suit,suit (n.)

old form: suite
wooing, courtship
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I had rather heare you, to solicit that,I had rather hear you to solicit thatsolicit (v.)
urge, move, incite, prevail upon
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Then Musicke from the spheares.Than music from the spheres.sphere (n.)

old form: spheares
celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbit
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Deere Lady.Dear lady –  TN III.i.107.2
Giue me leaue, beseech you: I did send,Give me leave, beseech you. I did send, TN III.i.108
After the last enchantment you did heare,After the last enchantment you did here, TN III.i.109
A Ring in chace of you. So did I abuseA ring in chase of you. So did I abuseabuse (v.)
misuse, maltreat, treat badly, wrong
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My selfe, my seruant, and I feare me you:Myself, my servant, and, I fear me, you. TN III.i.111
Vnder your hard construction must I sit,Under your hard construction must I sit,hard (adj.)
painful, harrowing, tough
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construction (n.)
judgement, consideration, appraisal
To force that on you in a shamefull cunningTo force that on you in a shameful cunning TN III.i.113
Which you knew none of yours. What might you think?Which you knew none of yours. What might you think? TN III.i.114
Haue you not set mine Honor at the stake,Have you not set mine honour at the stake,stake, at the
[bear-baiting] under attack; or [gambling]: at risk
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And baited it with all th'vnmuzled thoughtsAnd baited it with all th' unmuzzled thoughts TN III.i.116
That tyrannous heart can think? To one of your receiuingThat tyrannous heart can think? To one of your receivingreceiving (n.)

old form: receiuing
perception, awareness, discernment
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Enough is shewne, a Cipresse, not a bosome,Enough is shown; a cypress, not a bosom,cypress (n.)

old form: Cipresse
type of lightweight fabric, gauze cloth, crape material [when black, used in mourning]
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Hides my heart: so let me heare you speake.Hides my heart. So let me hear you speak. TN III.i.119
I pittie you.I pity you. TN III.i.120.1
That's a degree to loue.That's a degree to (n.)
step, stage, rung
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No not a grize: for tis a vulgar proofeNo, not a grise; for 'tis a vulgar proofproof (n.)

old form: proofe
experience, actual practice, tried knowledge
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grece, grise, grize (n.)
step, degree, grade
vulgar (n.)
familiar, ordinary, everyday
That verie oft we pitty enemies.That very oft we pity enemies.oft (adv.)
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Why then me thinkes 'tis time to smile agen:Why, then, methinks 'tis time to smile again.methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
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O world, how apt the poore are to be proud?O world, how apt the poor are to be proud! TN III.i.124
If one should be a prey, how much the betterIf one should be a prey, how much the better TN III.i.125
To fall before the Lion, then the Wolfe?To fall before the lion than the wolf! TN III.i.126
Clocke strikes.Clock strikes TN III.i.127
The clocke vpbraides me with the waste of time:The clock upbraids me with the waste of time. TN III.i.127
Be not affraid good youth, I will not haue you,Be not afraid, good youth; I will not have you. TN III.i.128
And yet when wit and youth is come to haruest,And yet, when wit and youth is come to harvest,wit (n.)
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
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your wife is like to reape a proper man:Your wife is like to reap a proper man.proper (adj.)
good-looking, handsome, comely
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like (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
There lies your way, due West.There lies your way, due west. TN III.i.131.1
Then Westward hoe:Then westward ho! TN III.i.131.2
Grace and good disposition attend your Ladyship:Grace and good disposition attend your ladyship.disposition (n.)
composure, state of mind, temperament
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attend (v.)
accompany, follow closely, go with
You'l nothing Madam to my Lord, by me:You'll nothing, madam, to my lord by me? TN III.i.133
Stay: Stay. TN III.i.134
I prethee tell me what thou thinkst of me?I prithee, tell me what thou think'st of me? TN III.i.135
That you do thinke you are not what you are.That you do think you are not what you are. TN III.i.136
If I thinke so, I thinke the same of you.If I think so, I think the same of you. TN III.i.137
Then thinke you right: I am not what I am.Then think you right; I am not what I am. TN III.i.138
I would you were, as I would haue you be.I would you were as I would have you be. TN III.i.139
Would it be better Madam, then I am?Would it be better, madam, than I am? TN III.i.140
I wish it might, for now I am your foole.I wish it might, for now I am your fool. TN III.i.141
(aside) TN III.i.142
O what a deale of scorne, lookes beautifull?O, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful TN III.i.142
In the contempt and anger of his lip,In the contempt and anger of his lip! TN III.i.143
A murdrous guilt shewes not it selfe more soone,A murderous guilt shows not itself more soon TN III.i.144
Then loue that would seeme hid: Loues night, is noone.Than love that would seem hid: love's night is noon. TN III.i.145
Cesario, by the Roses of the Spring,(To Viola) Cesario, by the roses of the spring, TN III.i.146
By maid-hood, honor, truth, and euery thing,By maidhood, honour, truth, and everything, TN III.i.147
I loue thee so, that maugre all thy pride,I love thee so that, maugre all thy pride,maugre (prep.)
[pron: 'mawguh] in spite of
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Nor wit, nor reason, can my passion hide:Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.wit (n.)
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
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Do not extort thy reasons from this clause,Do not extort thy reasons from this clause:extort (v.)
extract with force, wring out
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clause (n.)
premise, assertion, statement
For that I woo, thou therefore hast no cause:For that I woo, thou therefore hast no cause. TN III.i.151
But rather reason thus, with reason fetter;But rather reason thus with reason fetter:fetter (v.)
restrain, overcome, suppress
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Loue sought, is good: but giuen vnsought, is better.Love sought, is good; but given unsought, is better. TN III.i.153
By innocence I sweare, and by my youth,By innocence I swear, and by my youth, TN III.i.154
I haue one heart, one bosome, and one truth,I have one heart, one bosom, and one truth. TN III.i.155
And that no woman has, nor neuer noneAnd that no woman has, nor never none TN III.i.156
Shall mistris be of it, saue I alone.Shall mistress be of it, save I alone. TN III.i.157
And so adieu good Madam, neuer more,And so, adieu, good madam; never more TN III.i.158
Will I my Masters teares to you deplore.Will I my master's tears to you deplore.deplore (v.)
tell with grief, express with lamentation
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Yet come againe: for thou perhaps mayst moueYet come again; for thou perhaps mayst move TN III.i.160
That heart which now abhorres, to like his loue. That heart, which now abhors, to like his love. TN III.i.161
ExeuntExeunt TN III.i.161
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