Order It: “If music be the food of love” from Twelfth Night

Jane Giruad. Violets. The flowers of Shakespeare, [1845]. Folger Shakespeare Library.
“If music be the food of love, play on.” Take this quiz to see if you can correctly order the lines of the opening speech of Twelfth Night, with its memorable reference to a bank of violets.


Would you like to learn more? Explore a slideshow of some of the Twelfth Night items in our collection, including oil paintings, watercolors, a 19th-century costume, a 16th-century manuscript about an earlier “Twelfth Night” masque, Shakespeare’s First Folio, and photographs from the late 1800s to today — or, if you like to plan way ahead of time, take note of our recipe for a Twelfth Night cake.