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Twelfth Night: Act 1, Scene 2

Twelfth Night
Act 1, Scene 2

The sea coast.

  1. Enter Viola, a Captain, and Sailors.

Viola

2
  1. What country, friends, is this?

Sea Captain

3
  1. This is Illyria, lady.

Viola

4 - 6
  1. And what should I do in Illyria?
  2. My brother he is in Elysium.
  3. Perchance he is not drown’dwhat think you, sailors?

Sea Captain

7
  1. It is perchance that you yourself were saved.

Viola

8
  1. O my poor brother! And so perchance may he be.

Sea Captain

9 - 18
  1. True, madam, and to comfort you with chance,
  2. Assure yourself, after our ship did split,
  3. When you, and those poor number saved with you,
  4. Hung on our driving boat, I saw your brother,
  5. Most provident in peril, bind himself
  6. (Courage and hope both teaching him the practice)
  7. To a strong mast that liv’d upon the sea;
  8. Where like Arion on the dolphin’s back,
  9. I saw him hold acquaintance with the waves
  10. So long as I could see.

Viola

19 - 22
  1. For saying so, there’s gold.
  2. Mine own escape unfoldeth to my hope,
  3. Whereto thy speech serves for authority,
  4. The like of him. Know’st thou this country?

Sea Captain

23 - 24
  1. Ay, madam, well, for I was bred and born
  2. Not three hours’ travel from this very place.

Viola

25
  1. Who governs here?

Sea Captain

26
  1. A noble duke, in nature as in name.

Viola

27
  1. What is his name?

Sea Captain

28
  1. Orsino.

Viola

29 - 30
  1. Orsino! I have heard my father name him. He was a bachelor
  2. then.

Sea Captain

31 - 35
  1. And so is now, or was so very late;
  2. For but a month ago I went from hence,
  3. And then ’twas fresh in murmur (as you know
  4. What great ones do, the less will prattle of)
  5. That he did seek the love of fair Olivia.

Viola

36
  1. What’s she?

Sea Captain

37 - 42
  1. A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count
  2. That died some twelvemonth since, then leaving her
  3. In the protection of his son, her brother,
  4. Who shortly also died; for whose dear love,
  5. They say, she hath abjur’d the company
  6. And sight of men.

Viola

43 - 46
  1.                   O that I serv’d that lady,
  2. And might not be delivered to the world
  3. Till I had made mine own occasion mellow
  4. What my estate is!

Sea Captain

47 - 49
  1.                    That were hard to compass,
  2. Because she will admit no kind of suit,
  3. No, not the Duke’s.

Viola

50 - 64
  1. There is a fair behavior in thee, captain,
  2. And though that nature with a beauteous wall
  3. Doth oft close in pollution, yet of thee
  4. I will believe thou hast a mind that suits
  5. With this thy fair and outward character.
  6. I prithee (and I’ll pay thee bounteously)
  7. Conceal me what I am, and be my aid
  8. For such disguise as haply shall become
  9. The form of my intent. I’ll serve this duke;
  10. Thou shalt present me as an eunuch to him,
  11. It may be worth thy pains; for I can sing
  12. And speak to him in many sorts of music
  13. That will allow me very worth his service.
  14. What else may hap, to time I will commit,
  15. Only shape thou thy silence to my wit.

Sea Captain

65 - 66
  1. Be you his eunuch, and your mute I’ll be;
  2. When my tongue blabs, then let mine eyes not see.

Viola

67
  1. I thank thee. Lead me on.
  1. Exeunt.
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