The Love Letter Lyrics

MALVOLIO

What have we here? "To the unknown beloved." To whom could this be? There's no seal, so I don't think I do wrong to open it.

TOBY

Oh, please, let him read it aloud!

MALVOLIO

It looks to be... a poem.

(sings)

"I LONG TO TELL THE WORLD HOW WELL I LOVE YOU,

AND OF MY LOVE THE WORLD MAY KNOW IN TIME.

IN FORTUNE, I AM SOMEONE HIGH ABOVE YOU,

AND SO 'TIL NOW I'VE TOLD NOT HOW I PINE."

HOW I PINE...

'PINE' AND 'TIME' DO NOT RHYME.

BUT I DO LIKE THE LINE.

OLIVIA

"BEFORE TODAY I'VE SEEN YOU PLAY THE SERVANT,"

MALVOLIO

THE WRITING RESEMBLES MY LADY'S HAND.

OLIVIA

"BUT SOME WERE MENT TO CIRCUMVENT THEIR FATE."

MALVOLIO

I HAVEN'T A DOUBT IT'S MY LADY'S HAND,

AND I AM A SERVANT IN HER COMMAND...

OLIVIA

"SO IF, FOR ME, YOUR LOVE WOULD BE AS FERVENT.

I'LL SEE THAT YOU RISE EQUAL TO MY STATE.

UNTIL YOU COME TO SAVE ME BY AND BY.

I PINE FOR YOU, MY DEAREST A-M-I."

MALVOLIO

A-M-I... A-M-I...

THAT COULD BE

THE FRENCH 'AMI,'

BUT IT WOULD SEEM BY THE PLAN

OF THE SCHEME OF THE SCAN

THERE'S A NEED TO READ

EACH SYLLABLE SEPARATELY.

A-M-I...

WITH THE FIRST TWO REVERSED...

M-A-I...

IF THE 'I' WERE AN 'L'

IT WOULD START TO SPELL

M-A-L...

SO THAT'S HER GAME!

NOT QUITE THE SAME...

BUT HOW CAN I DOUBT THAT IT'S ME IT'S ABOUT

WHEN A-M-I ARE ALL IN MY OWN NAME!

IT SEEMS THIS FOLIO

MALVOLIO HAS FOUND

IS MADAM'S POETRY

BELOW A TREE DISCARDED ON THE GROUND.

AND HER PENTAMETER,

THOUGH AMATEUR, IS EAGER TO RECORD

IN EV'RY IAMB

HOW I AM ADORED.

'NEATH MY SERVILITY

VIRILTY SHE SMELT.

SHE GAVE THAT BRAT A GEM,

A STRATAGEM, TO SHOW ME HOW SHE FELT.

AND NOW THE DUITIFUL,

AND BEAUTIFUL AND PROPER THING TO DO

IS TO TELL MY LOVE

THAT I LOVE HER TOO.

AND I WILL BE PROUD.

I WILL BE COUNT.

I WILL AMEND LIFE AROUND HERE

NO SMALL AMOUNT.

THAT UNCLE OF HERS,

NO MORE SHALL HE CAROUSE.

FOR I WILL SEE THE SOUSE

IS TOSSED FROM OUT MY -

(speaks)

Hold on - what's this? A section in prose! "Remember who praised your yellow stockings when you wore them cross-gartered.

Then cast off your menial trappings and let me see you as I would have you be." This is proof positive! She did praise my

yellow stockings; she did comment especially on my wearing them cross-gartered! Well, well, well...

(sings)

IF IN SUCH TRIVIA

OLIVIA DELIGHTS.

IF FROM MY LIVERY

SHE'S SHIVERY

AND TIPSY FROM MY TIGHTS,

WELL, THEN IN DEFERENCE

TO PREFERENCE

TOMORROW SHE WILL SEE

HOW VERY YELLOW

HER FELLOW CAN BE!

(speaks)

Good heavens, there is a postscript!

(sings)

"IF WE SHALL BE TOGETHER IN A WHILE,

THEN LET ME FIND MY ANSWER IN YOUR SMILE."

OH, I WILL DO ALL

JUST AS SHE ASKS

FOR MY LADY'S SAKE

I'D UNDERTAKE NO END OF TASKS.

I'LL SHRUG OFF ALL SIGNS

OF STATUS BASE AND VILE,

ADOPT A FINER STYLE

AND OH, HOW I WILL SMILE!

AND I WILL BE STOUT!

I WILL BE STRANGE!

YOU CAN BE SURE

EV'RYONE ELSE

WILL SEE THE CHANGE!

YES, I WILL DO ALL

I POSSIBLY CAN.

TO ENSURE THAT SOON,

VERY SOON,

I WILL BE THE MAN!

The Love Letter Lyrics From The Musical Illyria


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