Scene IV

Duke Orsino' Court

[Enter Valentine, and Viola in man's attire.]

VALENTINE:
If the Duke continue these favours towards you,
Cesario, you are like to be much advanced: he hath known
you but three days, and already you are no stranger.
VIOLA:
You either fear his humour or my negligence, that you
call in question the continuance of his love: is he inconstant,(5)
sir, in his favours?
VALENTINE:
No, believe me.


[Enter Duke, Curio, and Attendants.]

VIOLA:
I thank you. Here comes the Count.
DUKE ORSINO:
Who saw Cesario, ho?
VIOLA:
On your attendance, my lord; here.(10)
DUKE ORSINO:
Stand you awhile aloof.—Cesario,
Thou know'st no less but all; I have unclasp'd
To thee the book even of my secret soul:
Therefore, good youth, address thy gait unto her;
Be not denied access, stand at her doors,(15)
And tell them, there thy fixed foot shall grow
Till thou have audience.
VIOLA:
Sure, my noble lord,
If she be so abandon'd to her sorrow
As it is spoke, she never will admit me.(20)
DUKE ORSINO:
Be clamorous and leap all civil bounds,
Rather than make unprofited return.
VIOLA:
Say I do speak with her, my lord, what then?
DUKE ORSINO:
O, then unfold the passion of my love,
Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith:(25)
It shall become thee well to act my woes;
She will attend it better in thy youth
Than in a nuncio's of more grave aspect.
VIOLA:
I think not so, my lord.
DUKE ORSINO:
Dear lad, believe it;(30)
For they shall yet belie thy happy years,
That say thou art a man: Diana's lip
Is not more smooth and rubious; thy small pipe
Is as the maiden's organ, shrill and sound,
And all is semblative a woman's part.(35)
I know thy constellation is right apt
For this affair. Some four or five attend him:
All, if you will; for I myself am best
When least in company. Prosper well in this
And thou shalt live as freely as thy lord,(40)
To call his fortunes thine.
VIOLA:
I'll do my best
To woo your lady. [Aside] Yet, a barful strife!
Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife.

[Exeunt.]