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TWELFTH-NIGHT:

OR,

WHAT YOU WILL

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

ORSINO, Duke of Illyria.

SEBASTIAN, a young Gentleman, Brother to Viola.
ANTONIO, a Sea-Captain, Friend to Sebastian.
A Sea-Captain, Friend to Viola.

VALENTINE,Gentlemen attending on the Duke.

CURIO,

Sir TOBY BELCH, Uncle of Olivia.
Sir ANDREW AGUE-CHEEK.
MALVOLIO, Steward to Olivia.
FABIAN, Servants to Olivia.

Clown,

OLIVIA, a rich Countess.

VIOLA, in love with the Duke.

MARIA, Olivia's Woman.

Lords, Priests, Sailors, Officers, Musicians, and other Attendants.

SCENE, a City in ILLYRIA; and the Sea-coast near it.

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Enter Duke, CURIO, Lords; Musicians attending.

Duke.

Ir musick be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

That strain again;

it had a dying fall:

O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,

Stealing, and giving odour. - Enough; no more;

'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.

O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou!
That notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity1 and pitch soever,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute! so full of shapes is fancy,
That it alone is high-fantastical. 2

I Value.

2 Fantastical to the height.

Cur. Will you go hunt, my lord?

Duke.

Cur.

What, Curio?
The hart.

Duke. Why, so I do, the noblest that I have: O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought, she purg'd the air of pestilence; That instant was I turn'd into a hart;

And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,
E'er since pursue me. How now? what news

from her?

Enter VALENTINE.

Val. So please my lord, I might not be admitted, But from her handmaid do return this answer; The element itself, till seven years heat, 3 Shall not behold her face at ample view; But, like a cloistress, she will veiled walk, And water once a day her chamber round With eye-offending brine: all this, to season A brother's dead love, which she would keep fresh, And lasting, in her sad remembrance.

Duke. O, she, that hath a heart of that fine frame,

To pay this debt of love but to a brother,
How will she love, when the rich golden shaft,
Hath kill'd the flock of all affections else

That live in her! when liver, brain, and heart, These sovereign thrones, are all supplied, and fill'd, (Her sweet perfections,) with one self king! Away before me to sweet beds of flowers; Love-thoughts lie rich, when canopied with bowers. [Exeunt.

› Heated.

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