This line from "Timon of Athens," one of Shakespeare's lesser-known and more difficult works, the character Alcibiades, Captain of a military brigade and close friend of the main character Timon, says these words, embodying his fealty for Timon and his willingness to do as he bids.
This quote is from a poem titled, "In the Orchard," and is full of extremely vivid sensual imagery. Another line from the poem reads, "O my fair lord, I charge you leave me this: Is it not sweeter than a foolish kiss? Nay take it then, my flower, my first in June."
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Letter to Virginia Woolf (21 January 1926), quoted in Love Letters : A Romantic Treasury (1996) by Rick Smith, p. 78
Sackville-West wrote this letter to Virginia Woolf, with whom she had an affair. Woolf returned her affection in the form of the novel Orlando, which many recognize as a direct outpouring of Woolf's love. The letter also contains the line, "...you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it."
Holland was often exasperated at the people in his life, and frustrated at the lack of respect given to a woman's heart. The sentence following the quote is, "Why some graceful and amiable women whom I know will persist in loving some men whom I also know, is more than I know."