Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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ANTONIO

Today, my lord, and for three months before,
90No interim, not a minute’s vacancy,
Both day and night did we keep company.

ANTONIO

Today, my lord. And for three months before that, we spent every day and night together.
Enter OLIVIA and attendants
OLIVIA and attendants enter.

ORSINO

Here comes the Countess. Now heaven walks on earth.
But for thee, fellow. Fellow, thy words are madness:
Three months this youth hath tended upon me;
95But more of that anon. (to an officer) Take him aside.

ORSINO

Ah, the countess is coming! An angel is walking on earth. But as for you, mister, what you’re saying is insane. This young man has worked for me for three months; but more about that later. (to an officer) Take him away.

OLIVIA

What would my lord, but that he may not have,
Wherein Olivia may seem serviceable?
Cesario, you do not keep promise with me.

OLIVIA

What can I give you that you want, my lord, except the one thing you can’t have? Cesario, you missed your appointment with me.

VIOLA

Madam?

VIOLA

Madam?

ORSINO

100Gracious Olivia—

ORSINO

Dearest Olivia—

OLIVIA

What do you say, Cesario?—Good my lord—

OLIVIA

What do you have to say for yourself, Cesario?—My lord, please—

VIOLA

My lord would speak. My duty hushes me.

VIOLA

My lord wants to speak. It’s my duty to be quiet.

OLIVIA

If it be aught to the old tune, my lord,
It is as fat and fulsome to mine ear
105As howling after music.

OLIVIA

If what you have to say is anything like what you used to say, it’ll be as repulsive to my ears as wild screams after beautiful music.

ORSINO

Still so cruel?

ORSINO

Are you still so cruel?

OLIVIA

Still so constant, lord.

OLIVIA

I am still so faithful, my lord.