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ORSINO, Duke of ILLYRIA.
SEBASTIAN, a young Gentleman, brother to VIOLA.
Gentlemen attending on the Duke.
Sir TOBY BELCH, uncle of OLIVIA.
FABIAN, & Servants to OLIVIA.
OLIVIA, a rich Countess.
Lords, Priests, Sailors, Officers, Musicians, and other
Scene, a City in ILLYRIA; and the Sea Coast near it.
WHAT YOU WILL.
SCENE I.-An Apartment in the Duke's Palace.
Duke. If music be the food of love, play on;
O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou!
That it alone is high-fantastical.
Cur. Will you go hunt, my lord?
Duke. Why, so I do, the noblest that I have: O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought, she purg'd the air of pestilence; That instant was I turn'd into a hart;
high-fantastical.] i. e. Fantastical to the height.
And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,
E'er since pursue me."-How now? what news from her?
Val. So please my lord, I might not be admitted,
Duke. O, she, that hath a heart of that fine frame,
SCENE II.-The Sea-coast..
Enter VIOLA, Captain, and Sailors.
Vio. What country, friends, is this?
Vio. And what should I do in Illyria?
like fell and cruel hounds,
E'er since pursue me.-] An evident allusion to the story of Acteon, by which Shakspeare appears to think men were cautioned against too great a familiarity with forbidden beauty.-JOHNSON.
- heat,]-For heated, say Malone and Steevens; and it is very true, that such was the old participle; but surely here Shakspeare uses the word as a substantive, in the sense of course, or race.
d (Her sweet perfections,)] Liver, brain, and heart, are admitted in poetry as the residence of passions, judgment, and sentiments. These are what Shakspeare calls, her sweet perfections, though he has not very clearly expressed what he might design to have said.-STEEVENS. Perfections is here, and in a subsequent scene, used as a quadrisyllable.-MALONE.
Vio. O my poor brother! and so, perchance, may he be. Cap. True, madam: and, to comfort you with chance, Assure yourself, after our ship did split,
When you, and that poor number saved with you,
Cap. Ay, madam, well; for I was bred and born,
A noble duke, in nature,
Vio. Who governs here?
As in his name.
Vio. Orsino! I have heard my He was a bachelor then.
And so is now,
Or was so very late: for but a month
What is his name?
father name him:
In murmur, (as, you know, what great ones do,
Cap. A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count
Orsino.] This is the name of a great and noble Italian family.-JouNSON.
Till I had made mine own occasion mellow,
my estate is.
That were hard to compass;
Vio. There is a fair behaviour in thee, captain;
I will believe, thou hast a mind that suits
Cap. Be you his eunuch, and your mute I'll be ;
A Room in Olivia's House.
Enter Sir TOBY BELCH, and MARIA.
Sir To. What a plague means my niece, to take the death of her brother thus? I am sure, care's an enemy to life.
Mar. By my troth, sir Toby, you must come in earlier o'nights; your cousin, my lady, takes great exceptions to your ill hours.
Sir To. Why, let her except before excepted."
Mar. Ay, but you must confine yourself within the modest limits of order.
5 except before excepted.] A ludicrous use of the formal law phrase.se.