Twelfth Night

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Feste and Fabian


Now, as thou lov'st me, let me see his letter.


Good Master Fabian, grant me another request.




Do not desire to see this letter.


This is to give a dog, and in recompense desire

my dog again.

Enter Orsino, Viola, Curio, and lords


Belong you to the Lady Olivia, friends?


Ay, sir, we are some of her trappings.
trappings (n.) ornaments, embellishments, bits and pieces


I know thee well. How dost thou, my good



Truly, sir, the better for my foes, and the worse for

my friends.


Just the contrary: the better for thy friends.


No, sir: the worse.


How can that be?


Marry, sir, they praise me – and make an ass of me.

Now my foes tell me plainly, I am an ass; so that by my

foes, sir, I profit in the knowledge of myself, and by my

friends I am abused. So that, conclusions to be as
abuse (v.) 1 deceive, mislead, fool, cheat

kisses, if your four negatives make your two affirmatives,

why then, the worse for my friends and the better

for my foes.


Why, this is excellent.


By my troth, sir, no – though it please you to be

one of my friends.


Thou shalt not be the worse for me: there's gold.


But that it would be double-dealing, sir, I would

you could make it another.


O, you give me ill counsel!
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count


Put your grace in your pocket, sir, for this once,

and let your flesh and blood obey it.


Well, I will be so much a sinner to be a double-dealer;

there's another.


Primo, secundo, tertio, is a good play; and the old

saying is, the third pays for all; the triplex, sir, is a good
triplex (n.) [music] triple time

tripping measure; or the bells of Saint Bennet, sir, may
tripping (adj.) light-footed, nimble

put you in mind – one, two, three!


You can fool no more money out of me at this

throw. If you will let your lady know I am here to speak

with her, and bring her along with you, it may awake my

bounty further.


Marry, sir, lullaby to your bounty till I come

again. I go, sir, but I would not have you to think that

my desire of having is the sin of covetousness. But as

you say, sir, let your bounty take a nap – I will awake it

anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count


Enter Antonio and Officers


Here comes the man, sir, that did rescue me.


That face of his I do remember well.

Yet when I saw it last, it was besmeared
besmear (v.) 1 smear over, bedaub

As black as Vulcan in the smoke of war.

A baubling vessel was he captain of,
baubling, bawbling (adj.) contemptible, trifling, piddling

For shallow draught and bulk, unprizable;
unprizable (adj.) 2 worthless, of little value

With which, such scatheful grapple did he make
scatheful (adj.) damaging, harmful, injurious

With the most noble bottom of our fleet,
bottom (n.) 6 [nautical: keel, hull] ship, vessel

That very envy and the tongue of loss
envy (n.) 1 malice, ill-will, enmity
loss (n.) 3 losing, defeat, overthrow
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute

Cried fame and honour on him. What's the matter?


Orsino, this is that Antonio

That took the Phoenix, and her fraught from Candy;
fraught (n.) 1 freight, cargo, goods

And this is he that did the Tiger board

When your young nephew Titus lost his leg.

Here in the streets, desperate of shame and state,
desperate (adj.) 3 disregarding, careless, reckless
shame (n.) 1 disgrace, dishonour, affront
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs

In private brabble did we apprehend him.
brabble (n.) 1 brawl, noisy quarrel, fracas


He did me kindness, sir, drew on my side,

But in conclusion put strange speech upon me.

I know not what 'twas, but distraction.
distraction (n.) 2 madness, derangement, insanity


Notable pirate, thou salt-water thief,

What foolish boldness brought thee to their mercies

Whom thou, in terms so bloody and so dear,
bloody (adj.) 1 blood-thirsty, warlike, ferocious
dear (adj.) 1 dire, grievous, hard
term (n.) 3 state, condition, circumstance

Hast made thine enemies?


Orsino, noble sir,

Be pleased that I shake off these names you give me.

Antonio never yet was thief or pirate;

Though, I confess, on base and ground enough,
base (n.) 1 basis, foundation, cause
ground (n.) 1 reason, cause, source

Orsino's enemy. A witchcraft drew me hither.

That most ingrateful boy there by your side
ingrateful (adj.) 1 ungrateful, unappreciative

From the rude sea's enraged and foamy mouth
rude (adj.) 3 [of wind or water] stormy, turbulent, harsh

Did I redeem; a wrack past hope he was.
wrack (n.) 2 wreck, loss, shipwreck

His life I gave him, and did thereto add

My love without retention or restraint,
retention (n.) 2 limit, restriction, holding back

All his in dedication. For his sake

Did I expose myself – pure for his love –
pure (adv.) purely, solely, only

Into the danger of this adverse town;

Drew to defend him when he was beset;

Where, being apprehended, his false cunning –
apprehend (v.) 1 seize, arrest, lay hold of
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

Not meaning to partake with me in danger –

Taught him to face me out of his acquaintance,
face (v.) 6 exclude, expel; or: deny [to one's face]

And grew a twenty years' removed thing
removed (adj.) 2 estranged, remote, alienated

While one would wink; denied me mine own purse
wink (v.) 4 blink

Which I had recommended to his use
recommend (v.) 1 commit, commend, consign

Not half an hour before.


                         How can this be?


When came he to this town?


Today, my lord; and for three months before

No interim, not a minute's vacancy,

Both day and night, did we keep company.

Enter Olivia and attendants


Here comes the Countess; now heaven walks on earth!

But for thee, fellow – fellow, thy words are madness.

Three months this youth hath tended upon me.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

But more of that anon. Take him aside.


What would my lord – but that he may not have –

Wherein Olivia may seem serviceable?

Cesario, you do not keep promise with me.




Gracious Olivia –


What do you say, Cesario? (To Orsino) Good, my lord.


My lord would speak; my duty hushes me.


If it be aught to the old tune, my lord,
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing See Topics: Frequency count

It is as fat and fulsome to mine ear
fat (adj.) 2 gross, heavy, dull
fulsome (adj.) 1 distasteful, nauseating, repulsive

As howling after music.


Still so cruel?
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


                         Still so constant, lord.


What, to perverseness? You uncivil lady,
uncivil (adj.) uncivilized, barbarous, unrefined

To whose ingrate and unauspicious altars
ingrate (adj.) ungrateful, unthankful, unappreciative
unauspicious (adj.) inauspicious, discouraging, unpromising

My soul the faithfull'st offerings hath breathed out

That e'er devotion tendered! What shall I do?


Even what it please my lord, that shall become him.
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count


Why should I not – had I the heart to do it –

Like to th' Egyptian thief at point of death

Kill what I love – a savage jealousy

That sometime savours nobly? But hear me this:

Since you to non-regardance cast my faith,
non-regardance (n.) failure to respect, contempt, disdain

And that I partly know the instrument

That screws me from my true place in your favour,
screw (v.) 2 wrench, force, wrest

Live you the marble-breasted tyrant still.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

But this your minion, whom I know you love,
minion (n.) 1 darling, favourite, select one

And whom, by heaven, I swear, I tender dearly,
tender (v.) 2 feel concern for, hold dear, care for

Him will I tear out of that cruel eye

Where he sits crowned in his master's spite.
spite (n.) 1 annoyance, vexation, irritation

Come, boy, with me, my thoughts are ripe in mischief.

I'll sacrifice the lamb that I do love

To spite a raven's heart within a dove.


And I, most jocund, apt, and willingly
apt (adj.) 1 fit, ready, prepared
jocund (adj.) merry, joyful, cheerful

To do you rest, a thousand deaths would die.


Where goes Cesario?


                         After him I love

More than I love these eyes, more than my life,

More by all mores than e'er I shall love wife.
more (n.) additional amount, extra quantity
wife (n.) woman

If I do feign, you witnesses above,

Punish my life, for tainting of my love!
taint (v.) 3 disparage, denigrate, belittle


Ay me, detested! How am I beguiled!
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick
detest (v.) 1 renounce, repudiate; or: hate, abhor


Who does beguile you? Who does do you wrong?


Hast thou forgot thyself? Is it so long?

Call forth the holy father!

Exit an attendant


                         Come, away!


Whither, my lord? Cesario, husband, stay!




                         Ay, husband. Can he that deny?


Her husband, sirrah?


                         No, my lord, not I.


Alas, it is the baseness of thy fear
baseness (n.) 3 cowardice, degenerateness, degradation

That makes thee strangle thy propriety.
propriety (n.) 2 proper character, real identity
strangle (v.) quench, eclipse, stifle

Fear not, Cesario, take thy fortunes up.

Be that thou know'st thou art, and then thou art

As great as that thou fear'st.

Enter Priest

                         O, welcome, Father.

Father, I charge thee, by thy reverence,

Here to unfold – though lately we intended
lately (adv.) 1 recently, of late

To keep in darkness what occasion now
occasion (n.) 3 need, want, requirement

Reveals before 'tis ripe – what thou dost know

Hath newly passed between this youth and me.


A contract of eternal bond of love,

Confirmed by mutual joinder of your hands,
joinder (n.) joining, union, uniting

Attested by the holy close of lips,
attest (v.) 1 vouch for, be evidence of, testify to
close (n.) 1 union, uniting

Strengthened by interchangement of your rings,
interchangement (n.) interchange, exchange

And all the ceremony of this compact

Sealed in my function, by my testimony;
function (n.) 3 office, occupation, calling

Since when, my watch hath told me, toward my grave

I have travelled but two hours.


O thou dissembling cub! What wilt thou be
dissembling (adj.) deceitful, hypocritical, false

When time hath sowed a grizzle on thy case?
case (n.) 5 outer covering, surface appearance
grizzle (n.) sprinkling of grey hairs

Or will not else thy craft so quickly grow

That thine own trip shall be thine overthrow?
trip (n.) [wrestling] foot movement which causes an opponent to fall

Farewell, and take her; but direct thy feet

Where thou and I henceforth may never meet.


My lord, I do protest –


                         O, do not swear!

Hold little faith, though thou hast too much fear.

Enter Sir Andrew


For the love of God, a surgeon! Send one

presently to Sir Toby.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


What's the matter?


He's broke my head across, and he's given
across (adv.) 2 from side to side, all the way across

Sir Toby a bloody coxcomb too. For the love of God,

your help! I had rather than forty pound I were at home.


Who has done this, Sir Andrew?


The Count's gentleman, one Cesario. We

took him for a coward, but he's the very devil
incardinate (adj.) malapropism for ‘incarnate’



My gentleman, Cesario?


'Od's lifelings, here he is! You broke my

head for nothing; and that that I did, I was set on to do't

by Sir Toby.


Why do you speak to me? I never hurt you.

You drew your sword upon me without cause,

But I bespake you fair, and hurt you not.
fair (adv.) 1 kindly, encouragingly, courteously

Enter Sir Toby and Feste


If a bloody coxcomb be a hurt, you have

hurt me. I think you set nothing by a bloody coxcomb.
set (v.) 1 value, rate, esteem

Here comes Sir Toby halting, you shall hear more; but
halt (v.) limp, proceed lamely

if he had not been in drink, he would have tickled you
tickle (v.) 2 beat, flog, rain blows on

othergates than he did.
othergates (adv.) otherwise, differently, in another way


How now, gentleman? How is't with you?


That's all one; he's hurt me, and there's the

end on't. (To Feste) Sot, didst see Dick Surgeon, sot?


O, he's drunk, Sir Toby, an hour agone. His eyes
agone (adv.) ago, past

were set at eight i'the morning.
set (adj.) 5 fixed, rigid, closed


Then he's a rogue and a passy-measures pavin.
passy-measures (adj.) dancing with slow pace
pavin (n.) type of stately dance, pavane

I hate a drunken rogue.


Away with him! Who hath made this havoc with



I'll help you, Sir Toby, because we'll be

dressed together.
dress (v.) 4 [of wounds] treat, minister to, care for


Will you help? An asshead, and a coxcomb,
coxcomb (n.) 2 fool's head, fool, simpleton

and a knave – a thin-faced knave, a gull!
gull (n.) 1 dupe, fool, simpleton
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count


Get him to bed, and let his hurt be looked to.

Exeunt Sir Toby and Sir Andrew,

helped by Feste and Fabian

Enter Sebastian


I am sorry, madam, I have hurt your kinsman.

But had it been the brother of my blood
blood (n.) 6 blood relationship, kinship

I must have done no less, with wit and safety.
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

You throw a strange regard upon me; and by that
regard (n.) 4 look, glance, gaze
strange (adj.) 7 aloof, distant, reserved

I do perceive it hath offended you.

Pardon me, sweet one, even for the vows

We made each other but so late ago.


One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons!
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count
habit (n.) 3 behaviour, bearing, demeanour

A natural perspective, that is and is not.
perspective (n.) picture in which perspective is altered so as to appear distorted unless seen from a particular angle


Antonio! O, my dear Antonio!

How have the hours racked and tortured me

Since I have lost thee!


Sebastian, are you?
fear (v.) 3 doubt, mistrust


                         Fear'st thou that, Antonio?


How have you made division of yourself?

An apple cleft in two is not more twin

Than these two creatures. Which is Sebastian?


Most wonderful!


Do I stand there? I never had a brother;

Nor can there be that deity in my nature

Of here and everywhere. I had a sister

Whom the blind waves and surges have devoured.
blind (adj.) 3 heedless, reckless, headstrong

Of charity, what kin are you to me?

What countryman? What name? What parentage?


Of Messaline. Sebastian was my father.

Such a Sebastian was my brother too.

So went he suited to his watery tomb.
suit (v.) 1 dress, clothe, equip

If spirits can assume both form and suit
form (n.) 8 physical appearance, outward appearance
suit (n.) 4 clothing, dress, garb

You come to fright us.
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count


                         A spirit I am indeed,

But am in that dimension grossly clad
dimension (n.) 1 bodily form, physical frame
grossly (adv.) 3 materially, physically, with substance

Which from the womb I did participate.
participate (v.) take, receive, share in

Were you a woman, as the rest goes even,
even (adj.) 6 equal, alike, same

I should my tears let fall upon your cheek,

And say, ‘ Thrice welcome, drowned Viola.’


My father had a mole upon his brow.
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]


And so had mine.


And died that day when Viola from her birth

Had numbered thirteen years.


O, that record is lively in my soul.
record (n.) 1 recollection, memory

He finished indeed his mortal act

That day that made my sister thirteen years.


If nothing lets to make us happy both
let (v.) 1 hinder, prevent, stand in the way

But this my masculine usurped attire,
usurped (adj.) false, counterfeit, disguising

Do not embrace me, till each circumstance

Of place, time, fortune, do cohere and jump
cohere (v.) agree, accord, hold together
jump (v.) 1 agree, coincide, tally

That I am Viola; which to confirm,

I'll bring you to a captain in this town

Where lie my maiden weeds; by whose gentle help
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
weed (n.) 1 (plural) garments, dress, clothes

I was preserved to serve this noble Count.

All the occurrence of my fortune since

Hath been between this lady and this lord.


(to Olivia)

So comes it, lady, you have been mistook.

But nature to her bias drew in that.
bias (n.) 1 [weighting in a bowl causing it to run obliquely] inclination, tendency, leaning

You would have been contracted to a maid.

Nor are you therein, by my life, deceived:

You are betrothed both to a maid and man.
maid (n.) 2 virgin, unmarried woman


Be not amazed; right noble is his blood.

If this be so, as yet the glass seems true,
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass See Topics: Frequency count

I shall have share in this most happy wrack.
wrack (n.) 2 wreck, loss, shipwreck

(To Viola) Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times

Thou never shouldst love woman like to me.


And all those sayings will I overswear
overswear (v.) swear over again

And those swearings keep as true in soul
swearing (n.) act of swearing, moment of oath-taking

As doth that orbed continent the fire
continent (n.) 3 globe, mass
orbed (adj.) rounded, orb-like, spherical

That severs day from night.


                         Give me thy hand,

And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds.
weed (n.) 1 (plural) garments, dress, clothes


The Captain that did bring me first on shore

Hath my maid's garments. He, upon some action,

Is now in durance at Malvolio's suit,
durance (n.) 1 confinement, imprisonment, incarceration
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

A gentleman and follower of my lady's.


He shall enlarge him; fetch Malvolio hither.
enlarge (v.) 1 release, set at large, discharge

And yet, alas, now I remember me,
remember (v.) 1 remind, bring to someone's mind

They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract.
distract (adj.) 1 deranged, mad, mentally disturbed

Enter Feste with a letter, and Fabian
extracting (adj.) distracting, preoccupying, disconcerting
frenzy (n.) distraction, agitation, delirium

A most extracting frenzy of mine own

From my remembrance clearly banished his.
remembrance (n.) 3 notice, paying attention
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

(To Feste) How does he, sirrah?


Truly, madam, he holds Beelzebub at the staves's
stave (n.) staff, rod

end as well as a man in his case may do. He's here writ a

letter to you. I should have given it you today morning.

But as a madman's epistles are no gospels, so it skills not
skill (v.) matter, make a difference, be of importance

much when they are delivered.


Open it, and read it.


Look, then, to be well edified when the fool
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe

delivers the madman.

He reads frantically

By the Lord, madam


How now, art thou mad?


No, madam; I do but read madness. An your

ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must allow

vox (n.) proper voice, right manner of speaking


Prithee, read i' thy right wits.
wits, also five wits faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)


So I do, madonna; but to read his right wits, is to

read thus. Therefore, perpend, my princess, and give
perpend (v.) consider, ponder, reflect



(snatching the letter and giving it to Fabian) Read

it you, sirrah.



By the Lord, madam, you wrong me, and the world shall

know it. Though you have put me into darkness and given

your drunken cousin rule over me, yet have I the benefit of

my senses as well as your ladyship. I have your own letter

that induced me to the semblance I put on; with the which
semblance (n.) 1 appearance, outward show

I doubt not but to do myself much right, or you much

shame. Think of me as you please, I leave my duty a little

unthought-of, and speak out of my injury. The madly-used



Did he write this?


Ay, madam.


This savours not much of distraction.
distraction (n.) 2 madness, derangement, insanity


See him delivered, Fabian, bring him hither.
deliver (v.) 3 free, release, liberate

Exit Fabian

My lord, so please you, these things further thought on,

To think me as well a sister as a wife,

One day shall crown th' alliance on't, so please you,

Here at my house, and at my proper cost.
proper (adj.) 4 personal, private, individual


Madam, I am most apt t' embrace your offer.
apt (adj.) 1 fit, ready, prepared

(To Viola) Your master quits you; and for your service done him

So much against the mettle of your sex,

So far beneath your soft and tender breeding,

And since you called me master for so long,

Here is my hand; you shall from this time be

Your master's mistress.


                         A sister, you are she.

Enter Malvolio and Fabian


Is this the madman?


                         Ay, my lord, this same.

How now, Malvolio?


Madam, you have done me wrong;

Notorious wrong.


                         Have I, Malvolio? No!


Lady, you have; pray you, peruse that letter.

You must not now deny it is your hand.

Write from it if you can, in hand or phrase,

Or say 'tis not your seal, nor your invention;
invention (n.) 4 composition, written exposition

You can say none of this. Well, grant it then,

And tell me in the modesty of honour,
honour (n.) 2 credit, good name, reputation
modesty (n.) 2 propriety, protocol, seemly behaviour

Why you have given me such clear lights of favour?
light (n.) 3 sign, signal, indication

Bade me come smiling and cross-gartered to you,

To put on yellow stockings, and to frown

Upon Sir Toby and the lighter people?
light (adj.) 6 facile, frivolous, of no consequence

And, acting this in an obedient hope,

Why have you suffered me to be imprisoned,

Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest,

And made the most notorious geck and gull
geck (n.) dupe, sucker, fool
gull (n.) 1 dupe, fool, simpleton

That e'er invention played on? Tell me why?
invention (n.) 5 plan, scheme, stratagem


Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing,

Though, I confess, much like the character.
character (n.) 3 handwriting, style of writing, lettering

But out of question 'tis Maria's hand.

And now I do bethink me, it was she

First told me thou wast mad; then, camest in smiling,
bethink (v.), past form bethought 1 call to mind, think about, consider, reflect See Topics: Frequency count

And in such forms which here were presupposed
presuppose (v.) suggest earlier, previously lay down

Upon thee in the letter. Prithee, be content.
content (adj.) 2 contented, patient, accepting, undisturbed

This practice hath most shrewdly passed upon thee;
practice (n.) 2 trickery, treachery
shrewdly (adv.) 3 maliciously, wickedly, mischievously

But when we know the grounds and authors of it,

Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge

Of thine own cause.


                         Good madam, hear me speak;

And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come,

Taint the condition of this present hour,
condition (n.) 3 nature, state, circumstances
taint (v.) 4 impair, harm, injure

Which I have wondered at. In hope it shall not,
wonder (v.) 1 marvel [at], be astonished [at]

Most freely I confess, myself and Toby

Set this device against Malvolio here,
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick

Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
stubborn (adj.) 3 uncompromising, unyielding, obstinate
uncourteous (adj.) discourteous, unfriendly

We had conceived against him. Maria writ
conceive (v.) 3 imagine, fancy

The letter at Sir Toby's great importance,
importance (n.) 2 urgent request, urging, encouragement

In recompense whereof, he hath married her.

How with a sportful malice it was followed
sportful (adj.) 2 playful, frolicsome, wanton

May rather pluck on laughter than revenge,

If that the injuries be justly weighed

That have on both sides passed.


Alas, poor fool! How have they baffled thee!
baffle (v.) 2 treat shamefully, expose to ridicule


Why, ‘ Some are born great, some achieve greatness,

and some have greatness thrown upon them.’ I

was one, sir, in this interlude, one Sir Topas, sir – but
interlude, enterlude (n.) short play, theatrical performance [staged to fill an interval]

that's all one. ‘ By the Lord, fool, I am not mad!’ But do

you remember: ‘ Madam, why laugh you at such a

barren rascal, an you smile not, he's gagged ’? And thus

the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.
whirligig (n.) spinning top, roundabout


I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you!



He hath been most notoriously abused.
abuse (v.) 2 misuse, maltreat, treat badly, wrong


Pursue him and entreat him to a peace.

He hath not told us of the Captain yet.

When that is known, and golden time convents,
convent (v.) 2 summon, call to appear, send for

A solemn combination shall be made
combination (n.) alliance, league, treaty

Of our dear souls. Meantime, sweet sister,

We will not part from hence. Cesario, come;

For so you shall be, while you are a man.

But when in other habits you are seen –
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count

Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen!
fancy (n.) 1 love, amorousness, infatuation

Exeunt all but Feste



When that I was and a little tiny boy,

With hey-ho, the wind and the rain;

A foolish thing was but a toy,
toy (n.) 3 trinket, trifle, trivial ornament

For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came to man's estate,

With hey-ho, the wind and the rain;

'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came, alas, to wive,

With hey-ho, the wind and the rain;

By swaggering could I never thrive,
swaggering (n.) blustering, bullying, quarrelling

For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came unto my beds,

With hey-ho, the wind and the rain;

With tosspots still had drunken heads,
tosspot (n.) drunkard, sot, tippler

For the rain it raineth every day.

A great while ago the world began,

With hey-ho, the wind and the rain;

But that's all one, our play is done,

And we'll strive to please you every day.


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