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So went he suited to his watery tomb:
If spirits can assume both form and suit,
You come to fright us.

A spirit I am, indeed;
Biit am in that dimension grossly clad,
Which from the womb I did participate.
Were you a woman, as the rest goes even,
I should my tears let fall upon your cheek,
And say—Thrice welcome, drowned Viola!

Vio. My father had a mole upon his brow.
Seb. And so had mine.

Vio. And died that day when Viola from her birth
Had numbered thirteen years.

Seb. O, that record is lively in my soul !
He finished, indeed, his mortal act,
That day that made my sister thirteen

Vio. If nothing lets' to make us happy both,
But this my masculine usurped attire, ,
Do not embrace me, till each circumstance
Of place, time, fortune, do cohere, and jump,
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
I was preserved, to serve this noble count:
All the occurrence of my fortune since
Hath been between this lady and this lord.
Seb. So comes it, lady, you have been mistook :

[To Olivia.
But nature to her bias drew in that.
You would have been contracted to a maid ;
Now are you therein, by my life, deceived ;
You are betrothed both to a maid and man.

Duke. Be not amazed; right noble is his blood.-
If this be so, as yet the glass seems true,
I shall have share in this most happy wreck:
Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times,

[To VIOLA Thou never shouldst love woman like to mc.

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1 Hinders.

Vio. And all those sayings will I overswear;
And all those swearings keep as true in soul,
As doth that orbed continent the fire
That severs day from night.

Give me thy hand;
And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds.

Vio. The captain, that did bring me first on shore, Hath


maid's garments: he, upon some action, Is now in durance, at Malvolio's suit, A gentleman and follower of


Oli. He shall enlarge him :-fetch Malvolio hither:
And yet, alas, now I remember me,
They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract.

Re-enter Clown, with a letter.
A most extracting ? frenzy of mine own
From my remembrance clearly banished his.-
How does he, sirrah ?

Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Beelzebub at the stave's end, as well as a man in his case may do; he has here writ a letter to you; I should have given it to you to-day morning; but as a madman's epistles are no gospels, so it skills not much when they are delivered.

Oli. Open it, and read it.

Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool delivers the madman.-By the Lord, madam,

Oli. How now! art thou mad ?

Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness; an your ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must allow vox.

Oli. Prythee, read i’ thy right wits.

Clo. So I do, madonna; but to read his right wits, is to read thus : therefore perpend," my princess, and give ear. Oli. Read it



1 i. e. a frenzy that drew me away from every thing but its object.

? This may be explained: “If you would have the letter read' in character, you must allow me to assume the voice or frantic tone of a madman.”

3 Consider.

Fab. [Reads.] 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 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 Malvolio. Oli. Did he write this? Clo. Ay, madam. Duke. This savors not much of distraction. Oli. See him delivered, Fabian ; bring him hither.

[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 the alliance on’t, so please you, Here at my house, and at my proper cost. Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your

offer. Your master quits you [To VioLA]; and, for your ser

vice 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.


Re-enter FABIAN, with MalvoliO.
Duke. Is this the madman?

Ay, my lord, this same:
How now, Malvolio?

Madam, you have done me wrong, Notorious wrong. Oli.

Have I, Malvolio ? No. Mal. 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 :
You can say none of this: well, grant it then,
And tell me, in the modesty of honor,
Why you have given me such clear lights of favor ;
Bade me come smiling, and cross-gartered to you,

put on yellow stockings, and to frown
U pon Sir Toby, and the lighter? people;
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,
That e'er invention played on? Tell me why.

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing,
Though, I confess, much like the character:
But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand.
And now I do bethink me, it was she
First told me thou wast mad : then cam’st in smiling,
And in such forms which here were presupposed
Upon thee in the letter. Pr’ythee, be content:
This practice 3 hath most shrewdly passed upon thee;
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, Which I have wondered at. In hope it shall not, Most freely I confess, myself and Toby Set this device against Malvolio here, Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts We had conceived against him: Maria writ The letter, at Sir Toby's great importance; In recompense whereof, he hath married her. How with a sportful malice it was followed, May rather pluck on laughter than revenge ; If that the injuries be justly weighed, That have on both sides passed. 1 Inferior.

2 Fool. 3 Practice is a deceit, an insidious stratagem. 4 Importunacy.



Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled'thee!

. Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. I

1 was one, sir, in this interlude; one Sir Topas, sir; but that's all one :-By the Lord, fool, I am not mad.But do you remember? Malam, why laugh you at such a barren rascal ? An you smile not, he's gagged:

a ? And thus the whirligig of Time brings in his revenges. Mal. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.


[Exit. Oli. He hath been most notoriously abused.

Duke. 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,? A solemn combination shall be made Of our dear souls.—Mean time, 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, Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. [Exeunt.



Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,

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,

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,

For the rain it raineth every day.

1 Cheated.
2 i. e. Shall serve, agree,

be convenient.

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