Twelfth Night (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Named for the 12th evening after Christmas, the top of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night performs with love and gear. The Countess Olivia, a girl along with her personal family, draws Duke (or count number) Orsino. different would-be suitors are her pretentious steward, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

Onto this scene arrive the twins Viola and Sebastian; stuck in a shipwreck, every one thinks the opposite has drowned. Viola disguises herself as a male web page and enters Orsino’s carrier. Orsino sends her as his envoy to Olivia—only to have Olivia fall in love with the messenger. The play complicates, then splendidly untangles, those relationships.

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CURIO    He isn't really right here, so please your lordship, that are meant to sing it. ORSINO    Who used to be it? CURIO    Feste, the jester, my lord; a idiot that the woman Olivia’s father took a lot get pleasure from. he's concerning the condo. ORSINO    Seek him out, and play the song the whereas. thirteen [Exit Curio] tune performs Come hither, boy. If ever thou shalt love, within the candy pangs of it keep in mind me, For reminiscent of i'm, all precise fanatics are: Unstaid and skittish in all motions else17, store within the constant18 photograph of the creature that's liked. How dost thou like this song? VIOLA    It provides a truly echo to the seat20 the place love is throned. ORSINO    Thou dost converse masterly. 22 My lifestyles upon’t, younger even though thou paintings, thine eye Hath stayed upon a few favour24 that it loves: Hath it now not, boy? VIOLA    A little, by means of your favour. 26 ORSINO    What type of lady is’t? VIOLA    Of your complexion. ORSINO    She isn't really worthy thee, then. What years, i’faith? VIOLA    About your years, my lord. ORSINO    Too outdated by way of heaven. enable still31 the girl take An elder than herself, so wears she32 to him, So sways she level33 in her husband’s center. For, boy, although we do compliment ourselves, Our fancies35 are extra giddy and unfirm, extra longing, wavering, faster misplaced and worn36, Than women’s are. VIOLA    I imagine it well38, my lord. ORSINO    Then allow thy love be more youthful than thyself, Or thy affection can't carry the bent40, for girls are as roses, whose reasonable flower Being as soon as displayed42, doth fall that very hour. VIOLA    And so that they are. regrettably, that they're so. To die, even if they to perfection develop! input Curio and Clown [Feste] To Feste ORSINO    O, fellow, come, the music we had final evening. — Mark it47, Cesario, it truly is previous and simple; The spinsters48 and the knitters within the sunlight And the unfastened maids that weave their thread with bones49 Do use to chant it. it's foolish sooth49, And dallies50 with the innocence of affection, just like the previous age. fifty one FESTE    Are you prepared, sir? track ORSINO    I prithee sing. FESTE The music Sings Come away54, come away, loss of life, And in unhappy cypress55 allow me be laid. Fly away, fly away, breath, i'm slain by way of a good merciless maid. My shroud of white, caught all with yew58, O, organize it! My a part of loss of life, nobody so true60 Did proportion it. no longer a flower, no longer a flower, candy On my black coffin allow there be strewn. sixty three now not a chum, now not a pal greet My negative corpse, the place my bones will probably be thrown. one thousand thousand sighs to avoid wasting, Lay me, O, the place unhappy actual lover by no means locate my grave, To weep there! ORSINO    There’s for thy pains. FESTE    No pains, sir. I get pleasure from making a song, sir. ORSINO    I’ll pay thy excitement then. FESTE    Truly, sir, and delight should be paid73, one time or one other. ORSINO    Give me now go away to leave75 thee. FESTE    Now, the depression god76 guard thee, and the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta77, for thy brain is a really opal. i might have males of such constancy78 placed to sea, that their company can be every thing and their intent79 in every single place, for that’s it that usually makes a very good voyage of80 not anything.

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