Speeches (Lines) for Antonio in "Twelfth Night; or, What You Will"

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1 II / 1
  • Will you stay no longer? nor will you not that I go with you?
  • Will you stay no longer? nor will you not that I go with you?
  • Olivia. I do I know not what, and fear to find
    Mine eye too great a flatterer for my mind.
    Fate, show thy force: ourselves we do not owe;
    What is decreed must be, and be this so.

    Antonio. Will you stay no longer? nor will you not that I go with you?

2 II / 1
  • Alas the day!
  • Alas the day!
  • Sebastian. No, sooth, sir: my determinate voyage is mere
    extravagancy. But I perceive in you so excellent a
    touch of modesty, that you will not extort from me
    what I am willing to keep in; therefore it charges
    me in manners the rather to express myself. You
    must know of me then, Antonio, my name is Sebastian,
    which I called Roderigo. My father was that
    Sebastian of Messaline, whom I know you have heard
    of. He left behind him myself and a sister, both
    born in an hour: if the heavens had been pleased,
    would we had so ended! but you, sir, altered that;
    for some hour before you took me from the breach of
    the sea was my sister drowned.

    Antonio. Alas the day!

3 II / 1
  • Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment.
  • Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment.
  • Sebastian. A lady, sir, though it was said she much resembled
    me, was yet of many accounted beautiful: but,
    though I could not with such estimable wonder
    overfar believe that, yet thus far I will boldly
    publish her; she bore a mind that envy could not but
    call fair. She is drowned already, sir, with salt
    water, though I seem to drown her remembrance again with more.

    Antonio. Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment.

4 II / 1
  • If you will not murder me for my love, let me be
    your servant.
  • If you will not murder me for my love, let me be
    your servant.
  • Sebastian. O good Antonio, forgive me your trouble.

    Antonio. If you will not murder me for my love, let me be
    your servant.

5 II / 1
  • The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!
    I have many enemies in Orsino's...
  • The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!
    I have many enemies in Orsino's court,
    Else would I very shortly see thee there.
    But, come what may, I do adore thee so,
    That danger shall seem sport, and I will go.
  • Sebastian. If you will not undo what you have done, that is,
    kill him whom you have recovered, desire it not.
    Fare ye well at once: my bosom is full of kindness,
    and I am yet so near the manners of my mother, that
    upon the least occasion more mine eyes will tell
    tales of me. I am bound to the Count Orsino's court: farewell.

    Antonio. The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!
    I have many enemies in Orsino's court,
    Else would I very shortly see thee there.
    But, come what may, I do adore thee so,
    That danger shall seem sport, and I will go.

6 III / 3
  • I could not stay behind you: my desire,
    More sharp than filed steel, did spu...
  • I could not stay behind you: my desire,
    More sharp than filed steel, did spur me forth;
    And not all love to see you, though so much
    As might have drawn one to a longer voyage,
    But jealousy what might befall your travel,
    Being skilless in these parts; which to a stranger,
    Unguided and unfriended, often prove
    Rough and unhospitable: my willing love,
    The rather by these arguments of fear,
    Set forth in your pursuit.
  • Sebastian. I would not by my will have troubled you;
    But, since you make your pleasure of your pains,
    I will no further chide you.

    Antonio. I could not stay behind you: my desire,
    More sharp than filed steel, did spur me forth;
    And not all love to see you, though so much
    As might have drawn one to a longer voyage,
    But jealousy what might befall your travel,
    Being skilless in these parts; which to a stranger,
    Unguided and unfriended, often prove
    Rough and unhospitable: my willing love,
    The rather by these arguments of fear,
    Set forth in your pursuit.

7 III / 3
  • To-morrow, sir: best first go see your lodging.
  • To-morrow, sir: best first go see your lodging.
  • Sebastian. My kind Antonio,
    I can no other answer make but thanks,
    And thanks; and ever thanks; and oft good turns
    Are shuffled off with such uncurrent pay:
    But, were my worth as is my conscience firm,
    You should find better dealing. What's to do?
    Shall we go see the reliques of this town?

    Antonio. To-morrow, sir: best first go see your lodging.

8 III / 3
  • Would you'ld pardon me;
    I do not without danger walk these streets:
    Once...
  • Would you'ld pardon me;
    I do not without danger walk these streets:
    Once, in a sea-fight, 'gainst the count his galleys
    I did some service; of such note indeed,
    That were I ta'en here it would scarce be answer'd.
  • Sebastian. I am not weary, and 'tis long to night:
    I pray you, let us satisfy our eyes
    With the memorials and the things of fame
    That do renown this city.

    Antonio. Would you'ld pardon me;
    I do not without danger walk these streets:
    Once, in a sea-fight, 'gainst the count his galleys
    I did some service; of such note indeed,
    That were I ta'en here it would scarce be answer'd.

9 III / 3
  • The offence is not of such a bloody nature;
    Albeit the quality of the time a...
  • The offence is not of such a bloody nature;
    Albeit the quality of the time and quarrel
    Might well have given us bloody argument.
    It might have since been answer'd in repaying
    What we took from them; which, for traffic's sake,
    Most of our city did: only myself stood out;
    For which, if I be lapsed in this place,
    I shall pay dear.
  • Sebastian. Belike you slew great number of his people.

    Antonio. The offence is not of such a bloody nature;
    Albeit the quality of the time and quarrel
    Might well have given us bloody argument.
    It might have since been answer'd in repaying
    What we took from them; which, for traffic's sake,
    Most of our city did: only myself stood out;
    For which, if I be lapsed in this place,
    I shall pay dear.

10 III / 3
  • It doth not fit me. Hold, sir, here's my purse.
    In the south suburbs, at the...
  • It doth not fit me. Hold, sir, here's my purse.
    In the south suburbs, at the Elephant,
    Is best to lodge: I will bespeak our diet,
    Whiles you beguile the time and feed your knowledge
    With viewing of the town: there shall you have me.
  • Sebastian. Do not then walk too open.

    Antonio. It doth not fit me. Hold, sir, here's my purse.
    In the south suburbs, at the Elephant,
    Is best to lodge: I will bespeak our diet,
    Whiles you beguile the time and feed your knowledge
    With viewing of the town: there shall you have me.

11 III / 3
  • Haply your eye shall light upon some toy
    You have desire to purchase; and yo...
  • Haply your eye shall light upon some toy
    You have desire to purchase; and your store,
    I think, is not for idle markets, sir.
  • Sebastian. Why I your purse?

    Antonio. Haply your eye shall light upon some toy
    You have desire to purchase; and your store,
    I think, is not for idle markets, sir.

12 III / 3
  • To the Elephant.
  • To the Elephant.
  • Sebastian. I'll be your purse-bearer and leave you
    For an hour.

    Antonio. To the Elephant.

13 III / 4
  • Put up your sword. If this young gentleman
    Have done offence, I take the fau...
  • Put up your sword. If this young gentleman
    Have done offence, I take the fault on me:
    If you offend him, I for him defy you.
  • Viola. I do assure you, 'tis against my will.

    Antonio. Put up your sword. If this young gentleman
    Have done offence, I take the fault on me:
    If you offend him, I for him defy you.

14 III / 4
  • One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more
    Than you have heard him brag t...
  • One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more
    Than you have heard him brag to you he will.
  • Sir Toby Belch. You, sir! why, what are you?

    Antonio. One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more
    Than you have heard him brag to you he will.

15 III / 4
  • You do mistake me, sir.
  • You do mistake me, sir.
  • Second Officer. Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino.

    Antonio. You do mistake me, sir.

16 III / 4
  • I must obey.
    [To VIOLA]
    This comes with seeking you:
    But there's no...
  • I must obey.
    [To VIOLA]
    This comes with seeking you:
    But there's no remedy; I shall answer it.
    What will you do, now my necessity
    Makes me to ask you for my purse? It grieves me
    Much more for what I cannot do for you
    Than what befalls myself. You stand amazed;
    But be of comfort.
  • First Officer. No, sir, no jot; I know your favour well,
    Though now you have no sea-cap on your head.
    Take him away: he knows I know him well.

    Antonio. I must obey.
    [To VIOLA]
    This comes with seeking you:
    But there's no remedy; I shall answer it.
    What will you do, now my necessity
    Makes me to ask you for my purse? It grieves me
    Much more for what I cannot do for you
    Than what befalls myself. You stand amazed;
    But be of comfort.

17 III / 4
  • I must entreat of you some of that money.
  • I must entreat of you some of that money.
  • Second Officer. Come, sir, away.

    Antonio. I must entreat of you some of that money.

18 III / 4
  • Will you deny me now?
    Is't possible that my deserts to you
    Can lack pers...
  • Will you deny me now?
    Is't possible that my deserts to you
    Can lack persuasion? Do not tempt my misery,
    Lest that it make me so unsound a man
    As to upbraid you with those kindnesses
    That I have done for you.
  • Viola. What money, sir?
    For the fair kindness you have show'd me here,
    And, part, being prompted by your present trouble,
    Out of my lean and low ability
    I'll lend you something: my having is not much;
    I'll make division of my present with you:
    Hold, there's half my coffer.

    Antonio. Will you deny me now?
    Is't possible that my deserts to you
    Can lack persuasion? Do not tempt my misery,
    Lest that it make me so unsound a man
    As to upbraid you with those kindnesses
    That I have done for you.

19 III / 4
  • O heavens themselves!
  • O heavens themselves!
  • Viola. I know of none;
    Nor know I you by voice or any feature:
    I hate ingratitude more in a man
    Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
    Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption
    Inhabits our frail blood.

    Antonio. O heavens themselves!

20 III / 4
  • Let me speak a little. This youth that you see here
    I snatch'd one half out...
  • Let me speak a little. This youth that you see here
    I snatch'd one half out of the jaws of death,
    Relieved him with such sanctity of love,
    And to his image, which methought did promise
    Most venerable worth, did I devotion.
  • Second Officer. Come, sir, I pray you, go.

    Antonio. Let me speak a little. This youth that you see here
    I snatch'd one half out of the jaws of death,
    Relieved him with such sanctity of love,
    And to his image, which methought did promise
    Most venerable worth, did I devotion.

21 III / 4
  • But O how vile an idol proves this god
    Thou hast, Sebastian, done good featu...
  • But O how vile an idol proves this god
    Thou hast, Sebastian, done good feature shame.
    In nature there's no blemish but the mind;
    None can be call'd deform'd but the unkind:
    Virtue is beauty, but the beauteous evil
    Are empty trunks o'erflourish'd by the devil.
  • First Officer. What's that to us? The time goes by: away!

    Antonio. But O how vile an idol proves this god
    Thou hast, Sebastian, done good feature shame.
    In nature there's no blemish but the mind;
    None can be call'd deform'd but the unkind:
    Virtue is beauty, but the beauteous evil
    Are empty trunks o'erflourish'd by the devil.

22 III / 4
  • Lead me on.
  • Lead me on.
  • First Officer. The man grows mad: away with him! Come, come, sir.

    Antonio. Lead me on.

23 V / 1
  • Orsino, noble sir,
    Be pleased that I shake off these names you give me:
    ...
  • Orsino, noble sir,
    Be pleased that I shake off these names you give me:
    Antonio never yet was thief or pirate,
    Though I confess, on base and ground enough,
    Orsino's enemy. A witchcraft drew me hither:
    That most ingrateful boy there by your side,
    From the rude sea's enraged and foamy mouth
    Did I redeem; a wreck past hope he was:
    His life I gave him and did thereto add
    My love, without retention or restraint,
    All his in dedication; for his sake
    Did I expose myself, pure for his love,
    Into the danger of this adverse town;
    Drew to defend him when he was beset:
    Where being apprehended, his false cunning,
    Not meaning to partake with me in danger,
    Taught him to face me out of his acquaintance,
    And grew a twenty years removed thing
    While one would wink; denied me mine own purse,
    Which I had recommended to his use
    Not half an hour before.
  • Orsino. Notable pirate! thou salt-water thief!
    What foolish boldness brought thee to their mercies,
    Whom thou, in terms so bloody and so dear,
    Hast made thine enemies?

    Antonio. Orsino, noble sir,
    Be pleased that I shake off these names you give me:
    Antonio never yet was thief or pirate,
    Though I confess, on base and ground enough,
    Orsino's enemy. A witchcraft drew me hither:
    That most ingrateful boy there by your side,
    From the rude sea's enraged and foamy mouth
    Did I redeem; a wreck past hope he was:
    His life I gave him and did thereto add
    My love, without retention or restraint,
    All his in dedication; for his sake
    Did I expose myself, pure for his love,
    Into the danger of this adverse town;
    Drew to defend him when he was beset:
    Where being apprehended, his false cunning,
    Not meaning to partake with me in danger,
    Taught him to face me out of his acquaintance,
    And grew a twenty years removed thing
    While one would wink; denied me mine own purse,
    Which I had recommended to his use
    Not half an hour before.

24 V / 1
  • To-day, my lord; and for three months before,
    No interim, not a minute's vac...
  • To-day, my lord; and for three months before,
    No interim, not a minute's vacancy,
    Both day and night did we keep company.
  • Orsino. When came he to this town?

    Antonio. To-day, my lord; and for three months before,
    No interim, not a minute's vacancy,
    Both day and night did we keep company.

25 V / 1
  • Sebastian are you?
  • Sebastian are you?
  • Sebastian. Antonio, O my dear Antonio!
    How have the hours rack'd and tortured me,
    Since I have lost thee!

    Antonio. Sebastian are you?

26 V / 1
  • How have you made division of yourself?
    An apple, cleft in two, is not more...
  • How have you made division of yourself?
    An apple, cleft in two, is not more twin
    Than these two creatures. Which is Sebastian?
  • Sebastian. Fear'st thou that, Antonio?

    Antonio. How have you made division of yourself?
    An apple, cleft in two, is not more twin
    Than these two creatures. Which is Sebastian?

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