Twelfth Night

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Orsino, Viola, Curio, and others
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


Give me some music! Now, good morrow, friends!

Now, good Cesario, but that piece of song,

That old and antique song we heard last night.
antic, antick(e), antique (adj.) 3 old-fashioned, old-world, antiquated

Methought it did relieve my passion much,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
passion (n.) 3 suffering, torment, deep grief

More than light airs and recollected terms
recollected (adj.) studied, artificial, refined
term (n.) 1 word, expression, utterance

Of these most brisk and giddy-paced times.
giddy-paced whirling, moving at a bewildering pace

Come, but one verse.


He is not here, so please your lordship, that should

sing it.


Who was it?


Feste the jester, my lord, a fool that the Lady

Olivia's father took much delight in. He is about the



Seek him out, and play the tune the while.

Exit Curio

Music plays

Come hither, boy. If ever thou shalt love,

In the sweet pangs of it, remember me.

For such as I am, all true lovers are:

Unstaid and skittish in all motions else,
motion (n.) 2 emotion, inclination, desire, impulse
skittish (adj.) changeable, fickle, inconstant
unstaid (adj.) 1 unsteady, unsettled, vacillating

Save in the constant image of the creature

That is beloved. How dost thou like this tune?


It gives a very echo to the seat

Where love is throned.
masterly (adv.) from experience, in a masterly way


                         Thou dost speak masterly.

My life upon't, young though thou art, thine eye

Hath stayed upon some favour that it loves.
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks

Hath it not, boy?


                         A little, by your favour.


What kind of woman is't?


                         Of your complexion.


She is not worth thee, then. What years, i'faith?


About your years, my lord.


Too old, by heaven. Let still the woman take
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

An elder than herself; so wears she to him;
wear (v.) 3 fashion, adapt, conform

So sways she level in her husband's heart.
level (adj.) 1 steady, steadfast, constant
sway (v.) 3 move, proceed, progress

For, boy, however we do praise ourselves,

Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm,
fancy (n.) 1 love, amorousness, infatuation
giddy (adj.) 1 frivolous, flighty, fickle, irresponsible
unfirm (adj.) 2 unsteady, flighty, capricious

More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn,
worn (adj.) worn out, exhausted, spent

Than women's are.


                         I think it well, my lord.


Then let thy love be younger than thyself,

Or thy affection cannot hold the bent.
affection (n.) 4 love, devotion
bent (n.) 3 degree, capacity, extent [to which a bow can be bent]

For women are as roses whose fair flower,

Being once displayed, doth fall that very hour.
displayed (adj.) 1 unfolded, opened, in full bloom


And so they are. Alas, that they are so,

To die, even when they to perfection grow.

Enter Curio and Feste


O, fellow, come, the song we had last night.

Mark it, Cesario; it is old and plain.
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count
old (adj.) 1 olden, ancient, bygone

The spinsters, and the knitters in the sun,
spinster (n.) domestic woman, one who stays at home spinning

And the free maids that weave their thread with bones,
bone (n.) 2 [weaving] bobbin made of bone
free (adj.) 4 free of worry, untroubled, carefree

Do use to chant it. It is silly sooth,
silly (adj.) 4 simple, lowly, humble
sooth (n.) 1 truth See Topics: Swearing

And dallies with the innocence of love
dally (v.) 1 deal lightly, play about, tease

Like the old age.
old (adj.) 1 olden, ancient, bygone


Are you ready, sir?


                         Ay, prithee sing.

Music plays



Come away, come away, death,

And in sad cypress let me be laid.
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

Fie away, fie away, breath!
fie away (v.) be off, begone

I am slain by a fair cruel maid.

My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,

O, prepare it!

My part of death, no one so true
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance

Did share it.

Not a flower, not a flower sweet

On my black coffin let there be strewn.

Not a friend, not a friend greet
greet (v.) 3 bewail, lament, weep for

My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown.

A thousand thousand sighs to save,

Lay me, O, where

Sad true lover never find my grave

To weep there.


There's for thy pains.

He gives Feste money


No pains, sir. I take pleasure in singing, sir.


I'll pay thy pleasure, then.


Truly, sir, and pleasure will be paid, one time or



Give me now leave, to leave thee.


Now the melancholy god protect thee, and the

tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy
changeable (adj.) of varying colour [when viewed from different angles], shot

mind is a very opal. I would have men of such constancy

put to sea, that their business might be everything,

and their intent everywhere; for that's it that
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

always makes a good voyage of nothing. Farewell.

Exit Feste


Let all the rest give place.

Curio and attendants withdraw

                         Once more, Cesario,

Get thee to yond same sovereign cruelty.

Tell her my love, more noble than the world,
world (n.) 1 whole of mankind, human race, mass of society

Prizes not quantity of dirty lands.

The parts that fortune hath bestowed upon her
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]

Tell her I hold as giddily as fortune.
giddily (adv.) 1 lightly, carelessly, inconsequentially

But 'tis that miracle and queen of gems

That nature pranks her in, attracts my soul.
prank (v.) dress up, deck out, adorn


But if she cannot love you, sir?


It cannot be so answered.


                         Sooth, but you must.

Say that some lady, as perhaps there is,

Hath for your love as great a pang of heart

As you have for Olivia. You cannot love her.

You tell her so. Must she not then be answered?


There is no woman's sides

Can bide the beating of so strong a passion
bide (v.) 1 endure, suffer, undergo

As love doth give my heart; no woman's heart

So big to hold so much, they lack retention.
retention (n.) 3 [medicine] power to retain emotion

Alas, their love may be called appetite,
appetite (n.) 1 desire, longing, inclination, fancy

No motion of the liver, but the palate,
liver (n.) 1 part of the body thought to be at the seat of the passions [especially sexual desire]
motion (n.) 2 emotion, inclination, desire, impulse

That suffer surfeit, cloyment, and revolt.
cloyment (n.) excessive gratification, gorging, satiety
suffer (v.) 3 undergo, sustain, endure
surfeit (n.) 2 sickness brought on by excess

But mine is all as hungry as the sea,

And can digest as much. Make no compare
compare (n.) comparison, simile, analogy

Between that love a woman can bear me

And that I owe Olivia.


                         Ay, but I know –


What dost thou know?


Too well what love women to men may owe.

In faith, they are as true of heart as we.

My father had a daughter loved a man –

As it might be perhaps, were I a woman,

I should your lordship.


                         And what's her history?


A blank, my lord. She never told her love,

But let concealment, like a worm i'the bud,
worm (n.) 2 germ, microbe, bug

Feed on her damask cheek. She pined in thought,
damask (adj./n.) light-red, pink [colour of the damask rose]
thought (n.) 2 melancholic reflection, anxiety, sorrow, worry

And with a green and yellow melancholy,

She sat like Patience on a monument,

Smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed?

We men may say more, swear more, but indeed

Our shows are more than will; for still we prove
show (n.) 1 appearance, exhibition, display
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination

Much in our vows, but little in our love.


But died thy sister of her love, my boy?


I am all the daughters of my father's house,

And all the brothers too; and yet, I know not. . . .

Sir, shall I to this lady?


                         Ay, that's the theme.

To her in haste; give her this jewel; say

My love can give no place, bide no denay.
bide (v.) 1 endure, suffer, undergo
denay (n.) denial, refusal, rejection


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