Twelfth Night

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Enter Valentine, and Viola in mans attire.Enter Valentine, and Viola in man's attire TN I.iv.1
If the Duke continue these fauours towards If the Duke continue these favours towards TN I.iv.1
you Cesario, you are like to be much aduanc'd, he hath you, Cesario, you are like to be much advanced. He hathlike (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
TN I.iv.2
known you but three dayes, and already you are no known you but three days, and already you are no TN I.iv.3
stranger.stranger. TN I.iv.4
You either feare his humour, or my negligence, that You either fear his humour or my negligence, thathumour (n.)
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
TN I.iv.5
humour (n.)
mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
you call in question the continuance of his loue. Is he you call in question the continuance of his love. Is hecontinuance (n.)
lasting nature, permanence, durability
TN I.iv.6
inconstant sir, in his fauours. inconstant, sir, in his favours? TN I.iv.7
No beleeue me.No, believe me. TN I.iv.8
Enter Duke, Curio, and Attendants.Enter Orsino, Curio, and attendants TN I.iv.9
I thanke you: heere comes the Count.I thank you. Here comes the Count. TN I.iv.9
Who saw Cesario hoa?Who saw Cesario, ho? TN I.iv.10
On your attendance my Lord heere.On your attendance, my lord, here. TN I.iv.11
(to Curio and attendants) TN I.iv.12.1
Stand you a-while aloofe. Cesario,Stand you awhile aloof. (To Viola) Cesario, TN I.iv.12
Thou knowst no lesse, but all: I haue vnclasp'dThou knowest no less but all. I have unclaspedunclasp (v.)

old form: vnclasp'd
reveal, display, divulge
TN I.iv.13
To thee the booke euen of my secret soule.To thee the book even of my secret soul. TN I.iv.14
Therefore good youth, addresse thy gate vnto her,Therefore, good youth, address thy gait unto her.gait (n.)

old form: gate
proceedings, course, doings, steps
TN I.iv.15
address (v.)

old form: addresse
direct, apply, turn
Be not deni'de accesse, stand at her doores,Be not denied access; stand at her doors, TN I.iv.16
And tell them, there thy fixed foot shall growAnd tell them, there thy fixed foot shall grow TN I.iv.17
Till thou haue audience.Till thou have audience. TN I.iv.18.1
Sure my Noble Lord,Sure, my noble lord, TN I.iv.18.2
If she be so abandon'd to her sorrowIf she be so abandoned to her sorrow TN I.iv.19
As it is spoke, she neuer will admit me.As it is spoke, she never will admit me. TN I.iv.20
Be clamorous, and leape all ciuill bounds,Be clamorous and leap all civil boundscivil (adj.)

old form: ciuill
civilized, cultured, refined
TN I.iv.21
bound (n.)
limit, boundary, confine, barrier
Rather then make vnprofited returne,Rather than make unprofited return. TN I.iv.22
Say I do speake with her (my Lord) what then?Say I do speak with her, my lord, what then? TN I.iv.23
O then, vnfold the passion of my loue,O, then unfold the passion of my love. TN I.iv.24
Surprize her with discourse of my deere faith;Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith.surprise (v.)

old form: Surprize
take prisoner, capture [especially: suddenly, unexpectedly]
TN I.iv.25
discourse (n.)
conversation, talk, chat
It shall become thee well to act my woes:It shall become thee well to act my woes;become (v.)
be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
TN I.iv.26
She will attend it better in thy youth,She will attend it better in thy youthattend (v.)
listen [to], pay attention [to]
TN I.iv.27
attend (v.)
regard, consider
Then in a Nuntio's of more graue aspect.Than in a nuncio's of more grave aspect.nuncio (n.)

old form: Nuntio's
messenger, emissary
TN I.iv.28
aspect (n.)
[of a human face] look, appearance, expression
I thinke not so, my Lord.I think not so, my lord. TN I.iv.29.1
Deere Lad, beleeue it;Dear lad, believe it. TN I.iv.299.2
For they shall yet belye thy happy yeeres,For they shall yet belie thy happy yearsbelie (v.)

old form: belye
slander, tell lies about
TN I.iv.30
That say thou art a man: Dianas lipThat say thou art a man. Diana's lipDiana, Dian (n.)
Roman goddess associated with the Moon, chastity, and hunting
TN I.iv.31
Is not more smooth, and rubious: thy small pipeIs not more smooth and rubious. Thy small pipepipe (n.)
TN I.iv.32
rubious (adj.)
ruby-coloured, deep red
Is as the maidens organ, shrill, and sound,Is as the maiden's organ, shrill and sound,sound (adj.)
TN I.iv.33
And all is semblatiue a womans part.And all is semblative a woman's part.part (n.)
quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
TN I.iv.34
semblative (adj.)

old form: semblatiue
resembling, looking like
I know thy constellation is right aptI know thy constellation is right aptapt (adj.)
fit, ready, prepared
TN I.iv.35
[the stars were thought to influence people and events] disposition, character, temperament
For this affayre: some foure or fiue attend him,For this affair. Some four or five attend him – attend (v.)
serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
TN I.iv.36
All if you will: for I my selfe am bestAll, if you will; for I myself am best TN I.iv.37
When least in companie: prosper well in this,When least in company. Prosper well in this, TN I.iv.38
And thou shalt liue as freely as thy Lord,And thou shalt live as freely as thy lord, TN I.iv.39
To call his fortunes thine.To call his fortunes thine. TN I.iv.40.1
Ile do my bestI'll do my best TN I.iv.40.2
To woe your Lady: yet a barrefull strife,To woo your lady. (Aside) Yet, a barful strife!barful (adj.)

old form: barrefull
full of hindrances, with impediments
TN I.iv.41
Who ere I woe, my selfe would be his wife. Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife. TN I.iv.42
Exeunt.Exeunt TN I.iv.42
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