Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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PRIEST

A contract of eternal bond of love,
Confirmed by mutual joinder of your hands,
155Attested by the holy close of lips,
Strengthened by interchangement of your rings,
And all the ceremony of this compact
Sealed in my function, by my testimony,
Since when, my watch hath told me, toward my grave
160I have traveled but two hours.

PRIEST

They were joined in an eternal bond of love and matrimony, and it was confirmed by a holy kiss and an exchange of rings. I witnessed it all as priest. It took place just two hours ago.

ORSINO

O thou dissembling cub! What wilt thou be
When time hath sowed a grizzle on thy case?
Or will not else thy craft so quickly grow
That thine own trip shall be thine overthrow?
165Farewell, and take her; but direct thy feet
Where thou and I henceforth may never meet.

ORSINO

(to VIOLA) Oh, you little liar! How much worse will you be when you’re older? Maybe you’ll get so good at deceit that your tricks will destroy you. Goodbye, and take her. Just never set foot in any place where you and I might happen to meet.

VIOLA

My lord, I do protest—

VIOLA

My lord, I swear to you—

OLIVIA

   O, do not swear!
Hold little faith, though thou hast too much fear.

OLIVIA

Oh, don’t swear! Keep a little bit of honesty, even if you’re afraid.
Enter SIR ANDREW
SIR ANDREW enters.

SIR ANDREW

For the love of God, a surgeon! Send one presently to Sir
170Toby.

SIR ANDREW

For the love of God, call a doctor! Sir Toby needs help right away.

OLIVIA

What’s the matter?

OLIVIA

What’s the matter?

SIR ANDREW

He has broke my head across and has given Sir Toby a bloody coxcomb too. For the love of God, your help! I had rather than forty pound I were at home.

SIR ANDREW

He cut my head and gave Sir Toby a bloody head, too. For the love of God, help us! I’d give forty pounds to be safe at home right now.

OLIVIA

175Who has done this, Sir Andrew?

OLIVIA

Who did this, Sir Andrew?