[Stage] Enter Antonio and Sebastian
Will you stay no longer, nor will you not that I go
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.
Let me yet know of you whither you are bound.
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.
Alas the day!
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.
Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment.
O good Antonio, forgive me your trouble.
If you will not murder me for my love, let me be your
If you will not undo what you have done—that is, kill
him whom you have recovered—desire it not.
Fare you 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.
bound to the Count Orsino’s court. Farewell.
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.