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Vio. And so they are: alas, that they are so ; To die, even when they to perfection grow!
Re-enter CURIO and CLOWN.
Duke. O fellow, come, the song we had last night :Mark it, Cesario; it is old and plain :
The spinsters and the knitters in the sun,
And the free maids, that weave their thread with bones,
And dallies with the innocence of love,
Clo. Are you ready, sir?
Clo. Come away, come away, death,
My part of death no one so true
Not a flower, not a flower sweet,
My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown;
Sad true lover ne'er find my grave,
Duke. There's for thy pains.
Clo. No pains, sir; I take pleasure in singing, sir.
Clo. Truly, sir, and pleasure will be paid, one time
Duke. Give me now leave to leave thee.
Clo. Now, the melancholy god protect thee; and the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffata, for thy
mind is a very opal!-I would have men of such constancy put to sea, that their business might be every thing, and their intent every where; for that's it, that always makes a good voyage of nothing.-Farewell. [Exit Clown.
Duke. Let all the rest give place.
[Exeunt Curio and Attendants.
Get thee to yon' same sovereign cruelty:
The parts that fortune hath bestow'd upon her,
Can bide the beating of so strong a passion
Ay, but I know,—
Duke. What dost thou know?
Vio. Too well what love women to men may owe:
In faith, they are as true of heart as we.
My father had a daughter lov'd a man,
And what's her history?
Vio. A blank, my lord: She never told her love,
Smiling at grief. Was not this love, indeed?
Duke. But died thy sister of her love, my boy? Vio. I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brother's too ;-and yet I know not:Sir, shall I to this lady?
SCENE V. OLIVIA'S Garden.
Enter Sir TOBY BELCH, Sir ANDREW AGUE-CHEEK, and FABIAN.
Sir To. Come thy ways, signior Fabian.
Fab. Nay, I'll come; if I lose a scruple of this sport, let me be boiled to death with melancholy.
Sir To. Would'st thou not be glad to have the nig gardly rascally sheep-biter come by some notable shame?
Fab. I would exult, man: you know, he brought me out of favour with my lady, about a bear-baiting here.
Sir To. To anger him, we'll have the bear again; and we will fool him black and blue:-Shall we not, Sir Andrew?
Sir And. An we do not, it is pity of our lives.
Sir To. Here comes the little villain:-How now, my nettle of India.
Mar. Get ye all three into the box-tree; Malvolio's coming down this walk; he hath been yonder i'the sun, practising behaviour to his own shadow, this half hour:
observe him, for the love of mockery; for, I know, this letter will make a contemplative idiot of him. Close, in the name of jesting! [The Men hide themselves.] Lie thou there; [Throws down a Letter.] for here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling. [Exit Maria.
Mal. "Tis but fortune; all is fortune. Maria once told me, she did affect me: and I have heard herself come thus near, that, should she fancy, it should be one of my complexion. Besides, she uses me with a more exalted respect, than What should I think on't! one else that follows her.
Sir To. Here's an over-weening rogue!
Fab. O, peace! Contemplation makes a rare turkeycock of him; how he jets under his advanced plumes! Sir And. 'Slight, I could so beat the rogue :Sir To. Peace, I say.
Mal. To be count Malvolio!
Sir To. Ah, rogue!
Sir And. Pistol him, pistol him.
Sir To. Peace, peace!
Mal. There is example for't; the lady of the strachy married the yeoman of the wardrobe.
Sir And. Fie on him, Jezebel!
Fab. O, peace! now he's deeply in; look how imagination blows him!
Mal. Having been three months married to her, sitting in my state,—
Sir To. O, for a stone-bow, to hit him in the eye! Mal. Calling my officers about me, in my branched velvet gown; having come from a day-bed, where I left Olivia sleeping.
Sir To. Fire and brimstone!
Fab. O, peace, peace!
Mal. And then to have the humour of state and after a demure travel of regard,-telling them, I know my place, as I would they should do theirs-to ask for my kinsman Toby :
Sir To. Bolts and shackles!
Fab. O, peace, peace, peace! now, now.
Mal. Seven of my people, with an obedient start, make out for him: I frown the while; and, perchance, wind up my watch, or play with some rich jewel. Toby approaches; court'sies there to me:
Sir To. Shall this fellow live?
Fab. Though our silence be drawn from us with cars, yet peace.
Mal. I extend my hand to him thus, quenching my familiar smile with an austere regard of control :
Sir To. And does not Toby take you a blow o'the lips then?
Mal. Saying, Cousin Toby, my fortunes having cast me on your niece, give me this prerogative of speech:Sir To. What, what?
Mal. You must amend your drunkenness.
Sir To. Out, scab!
Fab. Nay, patience, or we break the sinews of our plot.
Mal. Besides, you waste the treasure of your time with a foolish knight;
Sir And. That's me, I warrant you.
Sir And. I knew, 'twas I; for many do call me fool.
[Taking up the Letter. Fab. Now is the woodcock near the gin. Sir To. O, peace! and the spirit of humours intimate reading aloud to him!
Mal. By my life, that is my lady's hand: these be her very C's, her U's, and her T's: and thus makes she her great P's. It is, in contempt of question, her hand.
Sir And. Her C's, her U's, and her T's: why that? Mal. [Reads.] To the unknown beloved, this, and my good wishes: her very phrases! By your leave, wax.Soft!-and the impressure her Lucrece, with which she uses to seal: 'tis my lady: To whom should this be?
Fab. This wins him, liver and all.