Act III - Scene I

Olivia's garden.

[Enter Viola, and Feste with a tabor.]

VIOLA:
Save thee, friend, and thy music: dost thou live by thy
tabour?
FESTE:
No, sir, I live by the church.
VIOLA:
Art thou a churchman?
FESTE:
No such matter, sir: I do live by the church; for I do live(5)
at my house, and my house doth stand by the church.
VIOLA:
So thou mayst say, the king lies by a beggar, if a beggar
dwell near him; or the church stands by thy tabour, if thy
tabor stand by the church.
FESTE:
You have said, sir. To see this age! A sentence is but a(10)
cheveril glove to a good wit: how quickly the wrong side
may be turned outward!
VIOLA:
Nay, that's certain; they that dally nicely with words may
quickly make them wanton.
FESTE:
I would, therefore, my sister had had no name, sir.(15)
VIOLA:
Why, man?
FESTE:
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.
VIOLA:
Thy reason, man?(20)
FESTE:
Troth, sir, I can yield you none without words; and
words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason with
them.
VIOLA:
I warrant thou art a merry fellow and carest for
nothing.(25)
FESTE:
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.
VIOLA:
Art not thou the Lady Olivia's fool?
FESTE:
No, indeed, sir; the Lady Olivia has no folly: she will(30)
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.
VIOLA:
I saw thee late at the Count Orsino's.(35)
FESTE:
Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun;
it shines everywhere. 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.
VIOLA:
Nay, an thou pass upon me, I'll no more with thee.(40)
Hold, there's expenses for thee.
FESTE:
Now Jove, in his next commodity of hair, send thee
a beard!
VIOLA:
By my troth, I'll tell thee, I am almost sick for one;
[Aside] though I would not have it grow on my chin.(45)
[to Feste] Is thy lady within?



FESTE:
Would not a pair of these have bred, sir?
VIOLA:
Yes, being kept together and put to use.
FESTE:
I would play Lord Pandarus of Phrygia, sir, to bring
a Cressida to this Troilus.(50)
VIOLA:
I understand you, sir; 'tis well begged.
FESTE:
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(55)
‘element,’ but the word is over-worn.

    [Exit Feste.]  

VIOLA:
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,(60)
And, like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practise
As full of labour as a wise man's art
For folly that he wisely shows, is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit.(65)

    [Enter Sir Toby and Andrew.]  

SIR TOBY:
Save you, gentleman.
VIOLA:
And you, sir.
SIR ANDREW:
Dieu vous garde, monsieur.
VIOLA:
Et vous aussi; votre serviteur.
SIR ANDREW:
I hope, sir, you are; and I am yours.(70)
SIR TOBY:
Will you encounter the house? my niece is desirous
you should enter, if your trade be to her.
VIOLA:
I am bound to your niece, sir; I mean, she is the list
of my voyage.
SIR TOBY:
Taste your legs, sir; put them to motion.(75)
VIOLA:
My legs do better understand me, sir, than I understand
what you mean by bidding me taste my legs.
SIR TOBY:
I mean, to go, sir, to enter.
VIOLA:
I will answer you with gait and entrance. But we are
prevented.(80)

    [Enter Olivia and Gentlewoman.]  


Most excellent accomplished lady, the heavens rain odours
on you!

[Enter Olivia and Maria.]

SIR ANDREW:
That youth's a rare courtier: ‘Rain odours’—well.
VIOLA:
My matter hath no voice, lady, but to your own most
pregnant and vouchsafed ear.(85)
SIR ANDREW:
‘Odours,’ ‘pregnant,’ and ‘vouchsafed’—I'll get 'em
all three ready.
OLIVIA:
Let the garden door be shut, and leave me to my
hearing.[Exeunt all but Olivia and Viola]
Give me your hand, sir.(90)


VIOLA:
My duty, madam, and most humble service.
OLIVIA:
What is your name?
VIOLA:
Cesario is your servant's name, fair princess.
OLIVIA:
My servant, sir? 'Twas never merry world,
Since lowly feigning was call'd compliment:(95)
You're servant to the Count Orsino, youth.
VIOLA:
And he is yours, and his must needs be yours:
Your servant's servant is your servant, madam.
OLIVIA:
For him, I think not on him: for his thoughts,
Would they were blanks rather than fill'd with me!(100)
VIOLA:
Madam, I come to whet your gentle thoughts
On his behalf.
OLIVIA:
O, by your leave, I pray you:
I bade you never speak again of him:
But, would you undertake another suit,(105)
I had rather hear you to solicit that
Than music from the spheres.
VIOLA:
Dear lady,—
OLIVIA:
Give me leave, beseech you. I did send,
After the last enchantment you did here,(110)
A ring in chase of you: so did I abuse
Myself, my servant and, I fear me, you:
Under your hard construction must I sit,
To force that on you, in a shameful cunning,
Which you knew none of yours: what might you(115)
think?
Have you not set mine honour at the stake,
And baited it with all the unmuzzled thoughts
That tyrannous heart can think? To one of your
receiving(120)
Enough is shown: a cypress, not a bosom,
Hides my heart: so let me hear you speak.
VIOLA:
I pity you.
OLIVIA:
That's a degree to love.
VIOLA:
No, not a grize; for 'tis a vulgar proof,(125)
That very oft we pity enemies.
OLIVIA:
Why, then, methinks 'tis time to smile again.
O, world, how apt the poor are to be proud!
If one should be a prey, how much the better
To fall before the lion than the wolf!(130)
The clock upbraids me with the waste of time.
Be not afraid, good youth, I will not have you:
And yet, when wit and youth is come to harvest,
Your wife is like to reap a proper man:
There lies your way, due west.(135)

[Clock strikes.]

VIOLA:
Then westward-ho!
Grace and good disposition attend your ladyship.
You'll nothing, madam, to my lord by me?
OLIVIA:
Stay. I prithee tell me what thou thinkest of me.
VIOLA:
That you do think you are not what you are.(140)
OLIVIA:
If I think so, I think the same of you.
VIOLA:
Then think you right: I am not what I am.
OLIVIA:
I would you were as I would have you be!
VIOLA:
Would it be better, madam, than I am?
I wish it might, for now I am your fool.(145)
OLIVIA:
[Aside.] O what a deal of scorn looks beautiful
In the contempt and anger of his lip!
A murderous guilt shows not itself more soon
Than love that would seem hid: love's night is noon.
Cesario, by the roses of the spring,(150)
By maidhood, honour, truth, and everything,
I love thee so, that, maugre all thy pride,
Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.
Do not extort thy reasons from this clause,
For that I woo thou therefore hast no cause,
But rather reason thus with reason fetter,(155)
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
VIOLA:
By innocence I swear, and by my youth
I have one heart, one bosom, and one truth,
And that no woman has; nor never none
Shall mistress be of it, save I alone.(160)
And so adieu, good madam: never more
Will I my master's tears to you deplore.
OLIVIA:
Yet come again; for thou perhaps, mayst move
That heart, which now abhors, to like his love.

    [Exeunt.]