Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare All Rights Reserved ©

Other

Act i scene i. duke orsino's palace.

Enter DUKE ORSINO, CURIO, and other Lords; Musicians attending

DUKE ORSINO

If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more: 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before. O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou, That, notwithstanding thy capacity Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there, Of what validity and pitch soe'er, But falls into abatement and low price, Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy That it alone is high fantastical.

CURIO

Will you go hunt, my lord?

DUKE ORSINO

What, Curio?

CURIO

The hart.

DUKE ORSINO

Why, so I do, the noblest that I have: O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought she purged the air of pestilence! That instant was I turn'd into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E'er since pursue me.

Enter VALENTINE

How now! what news from her?

VALENTINE

So please my lord, I might not be admitted; But from her handmaid do return this answer: The element itself, till seven years' heat, Shall not behold her face at ample view; But, like a cloistress, she will veiled walk And water once a day her chamber round With eye-offending brine: all this to season A brother's dead love, which she would keep fresh And lasting in her sad remembrance.

DUKE ORSINO

O, she that hath a heart of that fine frame To pay this debt of love but to a brother, How will she love, when the rich golden shaft Hath kill'd the flock of all affections else That live in her; when liver, brain and heart, These sovereign thrones, are all supplied, and fill'd Her sweet perfections with one self king! Away before me to sweet beds of flowers: Love-thoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers.

Exeunt

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Sarah D: I absolutely adore this novel, it really tugs at the heart strings. I work with autistic young people and the way the story is told is unmistakably beautiful and is written in a why that deals with the subject of autism in the kindest manner I strongly recommend this to everyone.

saffronsaleem: I love it!!!😄😄😄😄

danielslamont56: Plz I’m begging you to update

Farah Syamimi: i like it!

Baby llama Mama: Definitely holds MY interest. Freyja and Sinclair are strong characters that are far from cliché, so don't expect her every thought to be of his facial features or him to get them into something terrible that drags the story out. They communicate, fight (others), and move forward like the perfect...

Aliza Fahle: This story is very in depth. It's not a light read, it makes you think and question yourself. What would you do. If you lived in a world where a virus has practically wiped out the male population? The main characters are forced to question their beliefs and the lives they have always known. To u...

Lovelyn Laurelle: This book is interesting. It does capture the readers attention. The strong female lead can get too egotistical for her own good, but then again the author probably has his/her reason for that. Love the word play, definitley would love to finish the book to see what happens in the end. Will it be...

Vennessa Littleton: This is a realy good book, could use some spelling checks. Otherwise, it is awesome and please make a sequel

Anagha Sant: Really a good story

More Recommendations

Daisy Mae Au: Just really great. No other words to describe. I can't wait for the second book to the series. Speaking of which, when will it come out? I hope you keep on writing fantastic novels!👍

Ivette: This story is very original and intriguing, it keeps you connected at all times. Very well put together and thought through. The style is captivating and intriguing.The author has done a really good job creating something that will attract the reader's attention.

PerrinSM: I am really enjoying this book! The plot is unlike any other book I’ve read, and I’m hooked. The characters are great! Real people, real emotions. The relationships between the characters are rich and entertaining. However, I think there could be a little more there everyday life, like events tha...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.