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Orsino, Duke of ILLYRIA.
OLIVIA, a rich Countess.
Scene, a City in ILLYRIA; and the Sea Coast near it. TWELFTH-NIGHT:
WHAT YOU WILL.
SCENE I.–An Apartment in the Duke's Palace.
Duke. If music be the food of love, play on;
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south,
Cur. Will you go hunt, my lord ?
The hart. Duke. Why, so I do, the noblest that I have: 0, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought, she purg'd the air of pestilence; · That instant was I turn'd into a hart; .
a high-fantastical.] i. e. Fantastical to the height.
Of whaeth as the ding thy ca
And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,
Duke. 0, she, that hath a heart of that fine frame,
[Exèunt. . SCENE IÍ.—The Sea-coast.
Enter Viola, Captain, and Sailors.
Cap. It is perchance, that you yourself were saved. b like fell and cruel hounds,
E'er since pursue mé.-) An evident allusion to the story of Actáron, by which Shakspeare appears to think men were cautioned against too great a familiarity with forbidden beauty. ---Johnson. c h eat,]-For heated, say Malone and Steevens; and it is very true, that such was the old participle; but surely here Shakspeare uses the word as a substantive, in the sense of course, or race.
d (Her sweet perfections,)] Liver, brain, and heart, are admitted in poetry as the residence of passions, judgment, and sentiments. These are what Shakspeare calls, her sweet perfections, though he has not very clearly expressed what he might design to have said.-STEEVENS. Perfections is here, and in a subsequent scene, used as a quadrisyllable.—Malone.
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, Hung on our driving boat, I saw your brother, Most provident in peril, bind himself (Courage and hope both teaching him the practice) To a strong mast, that lived upon the sea; Where, like Arion on the dolphin's back, I saw him hold acquaintance with the waves, So long as I could see. Vio. .
For saying so, there's gold:
Cap. Ay, madam, well; for I was bred and born,
Vio. Who governs here? i Cap.
A noble duke, in nature,
And so is now,
' O, that I serv'd that lady: And might not be deliver'd to the world,
e Orsino.] This is the name of a great and noble Italian family. -JOHNSON, VOL. II.
Till I had made mine own occasion mellow,
That were hard to compass;
Because the duke's. .. hehaviour in
Vio. There is a fair behaviour in thee, captain;
Cap. Be you his eunuch, and your mute I'll be ;
Enter. Sir Toby Belch, and MARIA. Sir To. What a plague means my niece, to take the death of her brother thus ? I am sure, care's an enemy to life.
Mar. By my troth, sir Toby, you must come in earlier o'nights; your cousin, my lady, takes great exceptions to your ill hours.
Sir To. Why, let her except before excepted.8
Mar. Ay, but you must confine yourself within the modest limits of order.
i allm-] Approve. $ except before excepted.] A ludicrous use of the formal law phrase.