Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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4.3Sc. 17

Editor’s NoteEnter Sebastian
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sebastian This is the air, that is the glorious sun.

2This pearl she gave me, I do feel't and see't,

3And though 'tis wonder that enwraps me thus,

Link 4Yet 'tis not madness. Where's Antonio then?

5I could not find him at the Elephant,

Editor’s Note6Yet there he was, and there I found this credit,

7That he did range the town to seek me out.

8His counsel now might do me golden service,

Editor’s Note9For though my soul disputes well with my sense

10That this may be some error but no madness,

Editor’s Note11Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune

Editor’s Note12So far exceed all instance, all discourse,

13That I am ready to distrust mine eyes

14And wrangle with my reason that persuades me

Editor’s Note15To any other trust but that I am mad,

16Or else the lady's mad. Yet if 'twere so

Editor’s Note17She could not sway her house, command her followers,

Editor’s Note18Take and give back affairs and their dispatch

19With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing

20As I perceive she does. There's something in't

Editor’s Note21That is deceivable. But here the lady comes.

Enter Olivia and a Priest
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olivia Blame not this haste of mine. If you mean well

23Now go with me, and with this holy man,

Editor’s Note24Into the chantry by. There before him,

25And underneath that consecrated roof,

Editor’s Note26Plight me the full assurance of your faith,

Editor’s Note27That my most jealous and too doubtful soul

28May live at peace. He shall conceal it

Editor’s Note29Whiles you are willing it shall come to note,

Editor’s Note30What time we will our celebration keep

Editor’s Note31According to my birth. What do you say?

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sebastian I'll follow this good man, and go with you,

Editor’s Note33And having sworn truth, ever will be true.

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olivia Then lead the way, good father, and heavens so shine

Editor’s Note35That they may fairly note this act of mine.

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4.3.0 Sebastian (sometimes costumed in a dishevelled manner or in a state of undress, as though he has just come from having sex with Olivia)
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4.3.6 was had been
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4.3.6 credit report
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4.3.9 disputes well with maintains, reaches the conclusion, along with
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4.3.11 accident unexpected event
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4.3.12 instance precedent
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4.3.12 discourse reasoning
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4.3.15 trust belief
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4.3.17 sway manage, rule
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4.3.18 Take … dispatch undertake business ('take affairs') and ensure that it is carried out ('give back their dispatch')
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4.3.21 deceivable deceptive
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4.3.22 Blame … mine In the 2002/12 Globe production, the priest entered (to laughter) only after Olivia had begged Sebastian to excuse her 'haste'.
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4.3.24 chantry by nearby chapel
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4.3.26 Plight … assurance enter into a solemn contract of betrothal
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4.3.27 jealous anxious
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4.3.29 Whiles until
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4.3.30 What at which
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4.3.31 birth rank
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4.3.33 sworn truth Olivia and Sebastian might kneel before the priest and receive his blessing.
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4.3.35 fairly note look favourably upon
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