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Orsino, Duke of Illyria.
Sebastian, a young gentleman, brother to Viola.
} Gentlemen attending on the Duke.
Sir Andrew Ague-cheek.
Servants to Olivia.
Olivia, a rich Countess,
Viola, in love with the Duke.
Maria, Olivia's woman.
Lords, Priests, Sailors, Officers, Musicians, and other Attendants.
SCENE, a city in Illyria; and the sea-coast near it
WHAT YOU WILL.
SCENE I. An Apartment in the Duke's Palace. Enter DUKE, CURIO, Lords; Musicians attending. Duke.
IF musick be the food of love, play on,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Cur. Will you go hunt, my lord?
2 Fantastical to the height,
Duke. Why, so I do, the noblest that I have: O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought, she purg'd the air of pestilence; That instant was I turn'd into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E'er since pursue me.-How now? what news from her?
Val. So please my lord, I might not be admitted, But from her handmaid do return this answer: The element itself, till seven years heat, 3 Shall not behold her face at ample view; But, like a cloistress, she will veiled walk, And water once a day her chamber round With eye-offending brine: all this, to season A brother's dead love, which she would keep fresh, And lasting, in her sad remembrance.
Duke. O, she, that hath a heart of that fine frame, To pay this debt of love but to a brother,
How will she love, when the rich golden shaft,
The Sea Coast.
Enter VIOLA, Captain, and Sailors.
Vio. What country, friends, is this?
Vio. And what should I do in Illyria?
Cap. It is perchance, that you yourself were saved. Vio. O my poor brother! and so, perchance, may he be.
Cap. True, madam: and, to comfort you with chance,
Assure yourself, after our ship did split,
When you, and that poor number saved with you,
(Courage and hope both teaching him the practice)
Cap. Ay, madam, well; for I was bred and born, Not three hours travel from this very place.
Vio. Who governs here?
As in his name.
Vio. Orsino! I have heard my father name him: He was a bachelor then.
A noble duke, in nature,
What is his name?
And so is now,
In murmur, (as, you know, what great ones do,
Cap. A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count That died some twelvemonth since; then leaving her In the protection of his son, her brother,
Who shortly also died: for whose dear love,
O, that I served that lady:
What my estate is.
Vio. There is a fair behaviour in thee, captain;