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Vio. To answer by the method, in the first of his heart.
Oli. O, I have read it; it is heresy. Have you no more to say?
Vio. Good madam, let me see your face.
Oli. Have you any commission from your lord to negociate with my face? you are now out of your text: but we will draw the curtain, and show you the picture. Look you, sir, such a one as I was this present:' is't not well done? (Unveiling.
Vio. Excellently done, if God did all.
Oli. 'Tis in grain, sir; 'twill endure wind and weather. Vio. 'Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and
Oli. O, sir, I will not be so hard-hearted; I will give out divers schedules of my beauty : it shall be inventoried; and every particle, and utensil, labelled to my will : as, item, two lips indifferent red; item, two grey eyes, with lids to them; item, one neck, one chin, and so forth. Were you sent hitber to 'praise me?
Vio. I see you what you are : you are too proud ; But, if you were the devil, you are fair. My lord and master loves you ; 0, such love Could be but recompens'd, though you were
crown'd The nonpareil of beauty ! Oli.
How does he love me? Vio. With adorations, with fertile tears, With groans that thunder love, with sighs of fire. Oli. Your lord does know my mind, I cannot
love him : Yet I suppose him virtuous, know him noble,
(1) Presents. (2) Blended, mixed together.
Of great estate, of fresh and stainless youth;
Vio. If I did love you in my master's flame,
denial I would find no sense, ·
Why, what would you?
Get you to your lord ;
Vio. I am no fee'd post,4 lady; keep your purse;
Oli. What is your parentage ?
(1) Well spoken of by the world.
I am a gentleman. -I'll be sworn thou art;
soft! soft !
Here, madam, at your service. Oli. Run after that same peevish messenger, The county's? man : he left this ring behind him, Would I, or not: tell him, I'll none of it. Desire him not to flatter, with his lord, Nor hold him up with hopes; I am not for him : If that the youth will come this way to-morrow, I'll give him reasons for't. Hie thee, Malvolio. Mal. Madam, I will.
[Exit. Oli. I do I know not what: and fear to find Mine
eye too great a flatterer for my mind. Fate, show thy force : ourselves we do not owe ;) What is decreed, must be; and be this so! [Exit.
SCENE I.-The sea-coast. Enter Antonio and
Sebastian. Ant. Will you stay, no longer ? nor will you not, that I
with Şeb. By your patience, no : my stars shine dark(1) Proclamation of gentility.
(2) Count. Own, possess.
ly over me; the malignancy of my fate might, perhaps, disteroper yours ; therefore I shall crave of you your leave, that I may bear my evils alone: it were a bad recompense for your love, to lay any of them on you.
Ant. Let me yet know of you, whither you are bound.
Seb. No, 'sooth, sir; my determinate voyage is mere extravagancy. But I perceive in you so excellent a touch of modesty, that you will not extort from me what I am willing to keep in ; therefore it charges me in manners the rather to express! myself. You must know of me then, Antonio, my name is Sebastian, which I called Rodorigo; my father was that Sebastian of Messaline, whom I know, you have heard of: he left behind him, myself, and a sister, both born in an hour. If the heavens had been pleased, 'would we had so ended! but
sir, altered that; for, some hour before you took me from the breach of the
sea, my sister drowned. Ant. Alas, the day!
Seb. A lady, sir, though it was said she much resembled me, was yet of many accounted beautiful: but, though I could not, with such estimable wonder, overfar believe that, yet thus far I will boldly publish her, she bore a mind that envy could not but call fair: she is drowned already, sir, with salt water, though I seem to drown her rémembrance again with more.
Ant. Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment. Seb. O, good Antonio, forgive me your trouble. Ant. If
will not murder me for my love, let me be your servant.
Seb. If you will not undo what you have done, that is, kill him whom you have recovered, desire
Fare ye well at once: my bosom is full of kindness; and I am yet so near the manners of my
mother, that upon the least occasion more, mine eyes will tell tales of me. I am bound to the count Orsino's court : farewell.
(Exit. Ant. The gentleness of all the gods go with
thee! I have many enemies in Orsino's court, Else would I very shortly see thee there : But, come what may, I do adore thee so, That danger shall seem sport, and I will go. [Exit.
SCENE II.-A street. Enter Viola; Malvolio
following: Mal. Were not you even now with the countess Olivia ? Vio. Even now, sir; on a moderate
I have since arrived but hither.
Mal. She returns this ring to you, sir ; you might have saved me my pains, to have taken it away yourself. She adds moreover, that you your lord into a desperate assurance she will none of him: and one thing more; that you be never so hardy to come again in his affairs, unless it be to report your lord's taking of this.
Receive it so. Vio. She took the ring of me; I'll none of it.
Mal. Come, sir, you peevishly threw it to her ; and her will is, it should be so returned: if it be worth stooping for, there it lies in your eye; if not, be it his that finds it.
[Exit Vio. I left no ring with her : what means this
lady? Fortune forbid, my outside have not charm'd her ! She made good view of me; indeed, so much, That, sure, methought, her eyes had lost her
tongue, For she did speak in starts distractedly. She loves me, sure; the cunning of her passion Invites me in this churlish messenger. None of my lord's ring! why, he sent her none. I am the man ;--if it be so (as 'tis,)