Twelfth Night: Act 4, Scene 3
1This is the air; that is the glorious sun;
2This pearl she gave me, I do feel't and see't;
3And though 'tis wonder that enwraps me thus,
4Yet 'tis not madness. Where's Antonio, then?
5I could not find him at the Elephant:
6Yet there he was; and there I found this credit,
6. was: had been. I found this credit: I learned that they believed thisi.e., what follows about Antonio.
7That he did range the town to seek me out.
8His counsel now might do me golden service;
8. counsel: advice, insight.
9For though my soul disputes well with my sense,
9. my soul disputes well with my sense: my reason.
10That this may be some error, but no madness,
11Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune
11. accident and flood of fortune: unexpected and overwhelming good luck. 12. instance: precedent. discourse: reason.
12So far exceed all instance, all discourse,
13That I am ready to distrust mine eyes
14And wrangle with my reason that persuades me
15To any other trust but that I am mad
15. trust: belief, conviction.
16Or else the lady's mad; yet, if 'twere so,
17She could not sway her house, command her
17. sway her house: manage her household. followers: servants.
18. Take and give back affairs and their dispatch: conduct business. 19. bearing: manner, demeanor.
18Take and give back affairs and their dispatch
19With such a smooth, discreet and stable bearing
20As I perceive she does: there's something in't
21That is deceiveable. But here the lady comes.
21. deceiveable: deceiving, delusive.
Enter OLIVIA and Priest.
22Blame not this haste of mine. If you mean well,
23Now go with me and with this holy man
24Into the chantry by: there, before him,
24. chantry by: nearby chapel.
25And underneath that consecrated roof,
26Plight me the full assurance of your faith;
26. Plight me: pledge to me.
27That my most jealous and too doubtful soul
27. jealous: anxious.
28May live at peace. He shall conceal it
28. He: i.e., the priest. it: i.e., their betrothal.
29Whiles you are willing it shall come to note,
29. Whiles . . . note: until you are willing that it should be made public. 30. What time: at which time. we will our celebration keep: we will have our wedding ceremony. 31. According to my birth: Olivia was born the daughter of a count, so it's going to be a fancy wedding.
30What time we will our celebration keep
31According to my birth. What do you say?
32I'll follow this good man, and go with you;
33And, having sworn truth, ever will be true.
34Then lead the way, good father; and heavens
35That they may fairly note this act of mine!
35. fairly note: recognize and blessperhaps Olivia is worried about the secrecy of the betrothal.