I lay on you my sovereign behest to


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The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 17

Quotation: "Then on me be the onus of bringing it forward. Signior Eduardo, are you in voice to-night?"

"Donna Bianca, if you command it, I will be."

"Then, signior, I lay on you my sovereign behest to furbish up your lungs and other vocal organs, as they will be wanted on my royal service."

"Who would not be the Rizzio of so divine a Mary?"

Context: Miss Ingram asked Donna Bianca to sing.
Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the bold part. Does it mean "I command you as a Queen (suggested by the word 'sovereign') to furbish up...". Is it correct?
  • Glasguensis

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    English - Scotland
    In this case the complexity is the choice of the character - she is adopting a very formal language in imitation of a queen.
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