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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Twelfth Night: Act 4, Scene 3

           Enter SEBASTIAN.

Sebastian photo by Mark Douet

  1   This is the air; that is the glorious sun;
  2   This pearl she gave me, I do feel't and see't;
  3   And though 'tis wonder that enwraps me thus,
  4   Yet 'tis not madness. Where's Antonio, then?
  5   I could not find him at the Elephant:
  6   Yet there he was; and there I found this credit,
6. was: had been. I found this credit: I learned that they believed this—i.e., what follows about Antonio.

  7   That he did range the town to seek me out.
  8   His counsel now might do me golden service;
8. counsel: advice, insight.

  9   For though my soul disputes well with my sense,
9. my soul disputes well with my sense: my reason.

 10   That this may be some error, but no madness,
 11   Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune
11. accident and flood of fortune: unexpected and overwhelming good luck. 12. instance: precedent. discourse: reason.

 12   So far exceed all instance, all discourse,
 13   That I am ready to distrust mine eyes
 14   And wrangle with my reason that persuades me
 15   To any other trust but that I am mad
15. trust: belief, conviction.

 16   Or else the lady's mad; yet, if 'twere so,
 17   She 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.

 18   Take and give back affairs and their dispatch
 19   With such a smooth, discreet and stable bearing
 20   As I perceive she does: there's something in't
20. in't: i.e., in the whole situation. chapel

 21   That is deceiveable. But here the lady comes.
21. deceiveable: deceiving, delusive.

           Enter OLIVIA and Priest.

 22   Blame not this haste of mine. If you mean well,
 23   Now go with me and with this holy man
 24   Into the chantry by: there, before him,
24. chantry by: nearby chapel.

 25   And underneath that consecrated roof,
 26   Plight me the full assurance of your faith;
26. Plight me: pledge to me.

 27   That my most jealous and too doubtful soul
27. jealous: anxious.

 28   May live at peace. He shall conceal it
28. He: i.e., the priest. it: i.e., their betrothal.

 29   Whiles 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.

 30   What time we will our celebration keep
 31   According to my birth. What do you say?

 32   I'll follow this good man, and go with you;
 33   And, having sworn truth, ever will be true.

 34   Then lead the way, good father; and heavens
           so shine,
 35   That they may fairly note this act of mine!
35. fairly note: recognize and bless—perhaps Olivia is worried about the secrecy of the betrothal.