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

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1 II / 1
  • By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly over
    me: the malignancy of my fa...
  • By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly over
    me: the malignancy of my fate might perhaps
    distemper yours; therefore I shall crave of you your
    leave that I may bear my evils alone: it were a bad
    recompense for your love, to lay any of them on you.
  • Antonio. Will you stay no longer? nor will you not that I go with you?

    Sebastian. By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly over
    me: the malignancy of my fate might perhaps
    distemper yours; therefore I shall crave of you your
    leave that I may bear my evils alone: it were a bad
    recompense for your love, to lay any of them on you.

2 II / 1
  • No, sooth, sir: my determinate voyage is mere
    extravagancy. But I perceive i...
  • 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.
  • Sebastian. By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly over
    me: the malignancy of my fate might perhaps
    distemper yours; therefore I shall crave of you your
    leave that I may bear my evils alone: it were a bad
    recompense for your love, to lay any of them on you.

    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.

3 II / 1
  • A lady, sir, though it was said she much resembled
    me, was yet of many accou...
  • 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. Alas the day!

    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.

4 II / 1
  • O good Antonio, forgive me your trouble.
  • O good Antonio, forgive me your trouble.
  • Antonio. Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment.

    Sebastian. O good Antonio, forgive me your trouble.

5 II / 1
  • If you will not undo what you have done, that is,
    kill him whom you have rec...
  • 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. If you will not murder me for my love, let me be
    your servant.

    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.

6 III / 3
  • I would not by my will have troubled you;
    But, since you make your pleasure...
  • I would not by my will have troubled you;
    But, since you make your pleasure of your pains,
    I will no further chide you.
  • Sir Toby Belch. Come, bring us, bring us where he is.

    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.

7 III / 3
  • My kind Antonio,
    I can no other answer make but thanks,
    And thanks; and...
  • 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. 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. 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?

8 III / 3
  • I am not weary, and 'tis long to night:
    I pray you, let us satisfy our eyes...
  • 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. To-morrow, sir: best first go see your lodging.

    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.

9 III / 3
  • Belike you slew great number of his people.
  • Belike you slew great number of his people.
  • 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.

    Sebastian. Belike you slew great number of his people.

10 III / 3
  • Do not then walk too open.
  • Do not then walk too open.
  • 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.

    Sebastian. Do not then walk too open.

11 III / 3
  • Why I your purse?
  • Why I your purse?
  • 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.

    Sebastian. Why I your purse?

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

    Sebastian. I'll be your purse-bearer and leave you
    For an hour.

13 III / 3
  • I do remember.
  • I do remember.
  • Antonio. To the Elephant.

    Sebastian. I do remember.

14 IV / 1
  • Go to, go to, thou art a foolish fellow:
    Let me be clear of thee.
  • Go to, go to, thou art a foolish fellow:
    Let me be clear of thee.
  • Feste. Will you make me believe that I am not sent for you?

    Sebastian. Go to, go to, thou art a foolish fellow:
    Let me be clear of thee.

15 IV / 1
  • I prithee, vent thy folly somewhere else: Thou
    know'st not me.
  • I prithee, vent thy folly somewhere else: Thou
    know'st not me.
  • Feste. Well held out, i' faith! No, I do not know you; nor
    I am not sent to you by my lady, to bid you come
    speak with her; nor your name is not Master Cesario;
    nor this is not my nose neither. Nothing that is so is so.

    Sebastian. I prithee, vent thy folly somewhere else: Thou
    know'st not me.

16 IV / 1
  • I prithee, foolish Greek, depart from me: There's
    money for thee: if you tar...
  • I prithee, foolish Greek, depart from me: There's
    money for thee: if you tarry longer, I shall give
    worse payment.
  • Feste. Vent my folly! he has heard that word of some
    great man and now applies it to a fool. Vent my
    folly! I am afraid this great lubber, the world,
    will prove a cockney. I prithee now, ungird thy
    strangeness and tell me what I shall vent to my
    lady: shall I vent to her that thou art coming?

    Sebastian. I prithee, foolish Greek, depart from me: There's
    money for thee: if you tarry longer, I shall give
    worse payment.

17 IV / 1
  • Why, there's for thee, and there, and there. Are all
    the people mad?
  • Why, there's for thee, and there, and there. Are all
    the people mad?
  • Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Now, sir, have I met you again? there's for you.

    Sebastian. Why, there's for thee, and there, and there. Are all
    the people mad?

18 IV / 1
  • Let go thy hand.
  • Let go thy hand.
  • Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Nay, let him alone: I'll go another way to work
    with him; I'll have an action of battery against
    him, if there be any law in Illyria: though I
    struck him first, yet it's no matter for that.

    Sebastian. Let go thy hand.

19 IV / 1
  • I will be free from thee. What wouldst thou now? If
    thou darest tempt me fur...
  • I will be free from thee. What wouldst thou now? If
    thou darest tempt me further, draw thy sword.
  • Sir Toby Belch. Come, sir, I will not let you go. Come, my young
    soldier, put up your iron: you are well fleshed; come on.

    Sebastian. I will be free from thee. What wouldst thou now? If
    thou darest tempt me further, draw thy sword.

20 IV / 1
  • What relish is in this? how runs the stream?
    Or I am mad, or else this is a...
  • What relish is in this? how runs the stream?
    Or I am mad, or else this is a dream:
    Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep;
    If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!
  • Olivia. Will it be ever thus? Ungracious wretch,
    Fit for the mountains and the barbarous caves,
    Where manners ne'er were preach'd! out of my sight!
    Be not offended, dear Cesario.
    Rudesby, be gone!
    [Exeunt SIR TOBY BELCH, SIR ANDREW, and FABIAN]
    I prithee, gentle friend,
    Let thy fair wisdom, not thy passion, sway
    In this uncivil and thou unjust extent
    Against thy peace. Go with me to my house,
    And hear thou there how many fruitless pranks
    This ruffian hath botch'd up, that thou thereby
    Mayst smile at this: thou shalt not choose but go:
    Do not deny. Beshrew his soul for me,
    He started one poor heart of mine in thee.

    Sebastian. What relish is in this? how runs the stream?
    Or I am mad, or else this is a dream:
    Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep;
    If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!

21 IV / 1
  • Madam, I will.
  • Madam, I will.
  • Olivia. Nay, come, I prithee; would thou'ldst be ruled by me!

    Sebastian. Madam, I will.

22 IV / 3
  • This is the air; that is the glorious sun;
    This pearl she gave me, I do feel...
  • This is the air; that is the glorious sun;
    This pearl she gave me, I do feel't and see't;
    And though 'tis wonder that enwraps me thus,
    Yet 'tis not madness. Where's Antonio, then?
    I could not find him at the Elephant:
    Yet there he was; and there I found this credit,
    That he did range the town to seek me out.
    His counsel now might do me golden service;
    For though my soul disputes well with my sense,
    That this may be some error, but no madness,
    Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune
    So far exceed all instance, all discourse,
    That I am ready to distrust mine eyes
    And wrangle with my reason that persuades me
    To any other trust but that I am mad
    Or else the lady's mad; yet, if 'twere so,
    She could not sway her house, command her followers,
    Take and give back affairs and their dispatch
    With such a smooth, discreet and stable bearing
    As I perceive she does: there's something in't
    That is deceiveable. But here the lady comes.
  • Feste. [Singing]
    I am gone, sir,
    And anon, sir,
    I'll be with you again,
    In a trice,
    Like to the old Vice,
    Your need to sustain;
    Who, with dagger of lath,
    In his rage and his wrath,
    Cries, ah, ha! to the devil:
    Like a mad lad,
    Pare thy nails, dad;
    Adieu, good man devil.

    Sebastian. This is the air; that is the glorious sun;
    This pearl she gave me, I do feel't and see't;
    And though 'tis wonder that enwraps me thus,
    Yet 'tis not madness. Where's Antonio, then?
    I could not find him at the Elephant:
    Yet there he was; and there I found this credit,
    That he did range the town to seek me out.
    His counsel now might do me golden service;
    For though my soul disputes well with my sense,
    That this may be some error, but no madness,
    Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune
    So far exceed all instance, all discourse,
    That I am ready to distrust mine eyes
    And wrangle with my reason that persuades me
    To any other trust but that I am mad
    Or else the lady's mad; yet, if 'twere so,
    She could not sway her house, command her followers,
    Take and give back affairs and their dispatch
    With such a smooth, discreet and stable bearing
    As I perceive she does: there's something in't
    That is deceiveable. But here the lady comes.

23 IV / 3
  • I'll follow this good man, and go with you;
    And, having sworn truth, ever wi...
  • I'll follow this good man, and go with you;
    And, having sworn truth, ever will be true.
  • Olivia. Blame not this haste of mine. If you mean well,
    Now go with me and with this holy man
    Into the chantry by: there, before him,
    And underneath that consecrated roof,
    Plight me the full assurance of your faith;
    That my most jealous and too doubtful soul
    May live at peace. He shall conceal it
    Whiles you are willing it shall come to note,
    What time we will our celebration keep
    According to my birth. What do you say?

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

24 V / 1
  • I am sorry, madam, I have hurt your kinsman:
    But, had it been the brother of...
  • I am sorry, madam, I have hurt your kinsman:
    But, had it been the brother of my blood,
    I must have done no less with wit and safety.
    You throw a strange regard upon me, and by that
    I do perceive it hath offended you:
    Pardon me, sweet one, even for the vows
    We made each other but so late ago.
  • Olivia. Get him to bed, and let his hurt be look'd to.

    Sebastian. I am sorry, madam, I have hurt your kinsman:
    But, had it been the brother of my blood,
    I must have done no less with wit and safety.
    You throw a strange regard upon me, and by that
    I do perceive it hath offended you:
    Pardon me, sweet one, even for the vows
    We made each other but so late ago.

25 V / 1
  • Antonio, O my dear Antonio!
    How have the hours rack'd and tortured me,
    S...
  • Antonio, O my dear Antonio!
    How have the hours rack'd and tortured me,
    Since I have lost thee!
  • Orsino. One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons,
    A natural perspective, that is and is not!

    Sebastian. Antonio, O my dear Antonio!
    How have the hours rack'd and tortured me,
    Since I have lost thee!

26 V / 1
  • Fear'st thou that, Antonio?
  • Fear'st thou that, Antonio?
  • Antonio. Sebastian are you?

    Sebastian. Fear'st thou that, Antonio?

27 V / 1
  • Do I stand there? I never had a brother;
    Nor can there be that deity in my n...
  • Do I stand there? I never had a brother;
    Nor can there be that deity in my nature,
    Of here and every where. I had a sister,
    Whom the blind waves and surges have devour'd.
    Of charity, what kin are you to me?
    What countryman? what name? what parentage?
  • Olivia. Most wonderful!

    Sebastian. Do I stand there? I never had a brother;
    Nor can there be that deity in my nature,
    Of here and every where. I had a sister,
    Whom the blind waves and surges have devour'd.
    Of charity, what kin are you to me?
    What countryman? what name? what parentage?

28 V / 1
  • A spirit I am indeed;
    But am in that dimension grossly clad
    Which from t...
  • A spirit I am indeed;
    But am in that dimension grossly clad
    Which from the womb I did participate.
    Were you a woman, as the rest goes even,
    I should my tears let fall upon your cheek,
    And say 'Thrice-welcome, drowned Viola!'
  • Viola. Of Messaline: Sebastian was my father;
    Such a Sebastian was my brother too,
    So went he suited to his watery tomb:
    If spirits can assume both form and suit
    You come to fright us.

    Sebastian. A spirit I am indeed;
    But am in that dimension grossly clad
    Which from the womb I did participate.
    Were you a woman, as the rest goes even,
    I should my tears let fall upon your cheek,
    And say 'Thrice-welcome, drowned Viola!'

29 V / 1
  • And so had mine.
  • And so had mine.
  • Viola. My father had a mole upon his brow.

    Sebastian. And so had mine.

30 V / 1
  • O, that record is lively in my soul!
    He finished indeed his mortal act
    T...
  • O, that record is lively in my soul!
    He finished indeed his mortal act
    That day that made my sister thirteen years.
  • Viola. And died that day when Viola from her birth
    Had number'd thirteen years.

    Sebastian. O, that record is lively in my soul!
    He finished indeed his mortal act
    That day that made my sister thirteen years.

31 V / 1
  • [To OLIVIA] So comes it, lady, you have been mistook:
    But nature to her bias...
  • [To OLIVIA] So comes it, lady, you have been mistook:
    But nature to her bias drew in that.
    You would have been contracted to a maid;
    Nor are you therein, by my life, deceived,
    You are betroth'd both to a maid and man.
  • Viola. If nothing lets to make us happy both
    But this my masculine usurp'd attire,
    Do not embrace me till each circumstance
    Of place, time, fortune, do cohere and jump
    That I am Viola: which to confirm,
    I'll bring you to a captain in this town,
    Where lie my maiden weeds; by whose gentle help
    I was preserved to serve this noble count.
    All the occurrence of my fortune since
    Hath been between this lady and this lord.

    Sebastian. [To OLIVIA] So comes it, lady, you have been mistook:
    But nature to her bias drew in that.
    You would have been contracted to a maid;
    Nor are you therein, by my life, deceived,
    You are betroth'd both to a maid and man.

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