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Mal. M, O, A, 1;-This simulation is not as the former :--and yet, to crush this a little, it would bow to me, for every one of these letters are in my name. Soft; here follows prose.---If this fall into thy hand, revolve. In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness : Some are born great, some achieve greatness
, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Thy fates open their hands ; let thy blood and spirit embrace them. And, to inure thyself to what thou art like to be, cast thy humble slough, and appear fresh. Be opposite with a kinsman, surly with servants : let thy tongue tang arguments of state ; put thyself into the trick of singularity: She thus advises thee, that sighs for thee. Remember who commended thy yellow stockings; and wished to see thee ever cross-gartered :? I say, remember. Go to; thou art made, if thou desirest to be so; if not, let me see thee a steward still, the fellow of servants, and not worthy to touch fortune's fingers. Farewell. . She that would alter services with thee, -The fortunateunhappy
Day-light and champain discovers not more: this is open. I will be proud, I will read politic authors, I will baffle Sir Toby, I will wash off gross acquaintance, , I will be point-de-vice,4 the very man.
I do not now fool myself, to let imagination jade me; for every reason excites to this, that my lady loves me. She did commend my yellow stockings of late, she did praise my leg being cross-gartered; and in this she manifests herself to my love, and, with a kind of injunction, drives me to these habits of her liking. I thank my stars, I am happy. I will be strange, stout, in yellow stockings, and cross-gartered, even with the swiftness of putting on. Jove and my stars be praised !--Here is ACT III.
1 i. e. adverse, hostile.
2 A fashion once prevailed for some time of wearing the garters crossed on the leg. It should be remembered that rich and expensive garters worn below the knee were then in use.
3 Open country:
4 i. e. exactly the same in every particular. The etymology of this phrase is very uncertain. The most probable seems the French a point devise.
SCENE I. Olivia's Garden.
Enter VIOLA, and Clown with a Tabor.
Vio. Save thee, friend, and thy music: Dost thou live by thy tabor ?
Clo. No, sir, I live by the church.
Clo. No such matter, sir ; I do live by the church : for I do live at my house, and my house doth stand by the church.
Vio. So thou may’st say, the king lives by a beggar, if a beggar dwell near him; or, the church stands by thy tabor, if thy tabor stand by the church.
Clo. You have said, sir.-To see this age !-A sentence is but a cheveril glove to a good wit; how quickly the wrong side may be turned outward !
Vio. Nay, that's certain ; they, that dally nicely with words, may quickly make them wanton.
Clo. I would, therefore, my sister had had no
Vio. Why, man?
Clo. Why, sir, her name's a word; and to dally with that word, might make my sister wanton : But, indeed, words are very rascals, since bonds disgraced them.
Vio. Thy reason, man?
Clo. Troth, sir, I can yield you none without words; and words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason with them.
Vio. I warrant, thou art a merry fellow, and carest for nothing
Clo. Not so, sir ; I do care for something: but in my conscience, sir, I do not care for you ; if that be to care for nothing, sir, I would it would make you invisible.
Vio. Art not thou the lady Olivia's fool?
Clo. No, indeed, sir; the lady Olivia has no folly : she will keep no fool, sir, till she be married ; and fools are as like husbands, as pilchards are to herrings; the husband's the bigger; I am, indeed, not her fool, but her corrupter of words.
Vio. I saw thee late at the count Orsino's.
Clo. Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb, like the sun; it shines every where. I would be sorry, sir, but the fool should be as oft with your master, as with my mistress : I think I saw your wisdom there.
Vio. Nay, an thou pass upon me, I'll no more with thee. Hold, there's expenses for thee.
Clo. Now Jove, in his next commodity of hair, send thee a beard !
Vio. By my troth, I'll tell thee; I am almost sick for one; though I would not have it grow on my chin. . Is thy lady within ?
Clo. Would not a pair of these have bred, sir ?
Clo. I would play lord Pandarus of Phrygia, sir, to bring a Cressida to this Troilus.
Vio. I understand you, sir ; 'tis well begged.
Clo. The matter, I hope, is not great, sir, begging but a beggar; Cressida was a beggar. My lady is within, sir. I will construe to them whence you come; ; who you are, and what you would, are out of
, my welkin; I might say, element; but the word is over-worn.
[Exit. Vio. This fellow's wise enough to play the fool; And to do that well, craves a kind of wit : He must observe their mood on whom he jests, The quality of persons, and the time; And, like the haggard, check at every feather That comes before his eye. This is a practice, As full of labor as a wise man's art : For folly, that he wisely shows, is fit; But wise men, folly-fallen, quite taint their wit.
1 A wild hawk, or hawk not well trained.--Dr. Johnson reads 6 Nor like a haggard,” &c.
Enter SiR TOBY BELCH and SIR ANDREW AGUE
Sir To. Save you, gentleman.
Sir To. Will you encounter the house ? my niece is desirous you
your trade be to her. Vio. I am bound to your niece, sir : I mean, she is the list of my voyage.
Sir To. Taste your legs, sir, put them to motion.
Vio. My legs do better understand me, sir, than I understand what you mean by bidding me taste my legs.
Sir To. I mean, to go, sir, to enter.
Vio. I will answer you with gait and entrance : But we are prevented.
Enter OLIVIA and MARIA. Most excellent accomplished lady, the heavens rain odors on you!
Sir And. That youth's a rare courtier! Rain odors! well.
Vio. My matter hath no voice, lady, but to your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear.
Sir And. Ödors, pregnant, and vouchsafed :-I'll get 'em all three ready.
Oli. Let the garden door be shut, and leave me to my hearing
[Exeunt Sir Toby, Sir ANDREW, and Maria. Give me your hand, sir.
Vio. My duty, madam, and most humble service.
1 i. e. ready, apprehensive ; vouchsafed, for vouchsafing.