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Rod. I cannot believe that in her; she is full of Or, failing so, yet that I put the Moor most bless'd condition 1.

At least into a jealousy fo strong lago. Bless'd figs' end! the wine the drinks is That judgment cannot are. Which thing to do, made of grapes : if The had been bless d, she If this poor tralh of Venice, whom I iraih 7 would never have lov'd the Moor : Biels'd pud. For his quick hunting, stand the putting 02, ding ! Didit thou not see her paddle in the palm I'll have our Michael Caffio on the hips; of his hand ? didft not mark that?

Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garbRod. Yes, that I did; but tiat was but courtesy. For 1 fear Callio with my night-cap 100;

Ligo. Lechery, by this hand! an index, and Make the Moor thank me, lore me, and rewardie, obscure prologue 2 io the history of luft and fuul For making him egregiously an ass, thoughts. They met so near with their lips, that And practising upon his peace and quiet their breaths embrac'd together. Villainous Even to madneis. 'Tis here, but yet confus'd ; thoughts, Rouerigo! When these mutualities to Knavery's plain face is never seen, 'till us d. [Ext. marthal the way, hard at hand comes the master and main exercise, the incorporate conclusion :

SC EN E' II. Pilh !--But, fir, be you ruld by me: I have

A Sorect. brought you from Venice. Watch you to-night ;

Erler Herald), with a proclamatin. for the command, I'll lay't upon yon: Callio knows

Her. It is Othello's pleasure, var noble arv 12 you not ;—I'll not be far from you: Do you find liant general, that, ipon certain tidings For *fonie occafion to anger Caffio, either by speaking riv’d, importing the mere lo perdition of the Turkish too loud, or tainting his discipline 3 ;

fleet, every man put himielf into triumph; forme what other course you please, which the time thall

to dance, some to make bonfires, each man 9 more favourably minister.

what sport and revels his addiction leads him; for, Rod. Well.

besides there beneñcial news, it is the celebration lago. Sir, he is rah, and very fulden 4 in of his nuptials : So much was his pleature furuld choler; and, haply, with his truncheon may strike

be proclaimed. All offices are open ; and there at you : Provoke him, that lie may : for, even out of that, will I cause these of Cyprus to mutiny : ave, 'till the bell bath told sleven. Heaven bless

is full liherty of feasting, from this present hour of whose qualification shall come into no true tastes

the ille of Cyprus, and our noble general Othelio. again, but by the displanting of Cailio. So fall you

[E liare a shorter journey to your desires, by the

SCENE III. means I thall then have to prefer them; and the ini pediment most profitably removed, without the

Tbe Cafile. which there were no expeciation of our profpe- Enter Otbello, Desdemona, Caffeo, and Attendants. rity. Rod. I will do this, if you can bring it to any

Oib. Good Michael, look you to the guard to

night : opportunity.

Ingo. I warrant thee. Meet me hy and by at Let 's teach ourselves that honourable stop, the citadel : I must fetch his necessaries alhore. Not to our-sport dikrition. Parewel.

Caf. Iago hath direction what to do ; Rod. Adieu.

[Exit. But, notwithstanding, with niy personai eye la zn. That Caffio loves her, I do well believe it; Will I look to 't. That the loves him, 'tis apt, and of great credit :

Oth. Iago is moft honeft.

Michael, good nigkt: To-nort. w, with your earThe Newor--howbeit that I endure him not,--


(lose; 1s of a conftaot, loving, noble natures

Let me have speech with you.—Come, my der And, 1 dare think, he'll prove to Dealemona A mort rear husband. Now I do love her too ;

The purchase made, the fruits are to ensue; Not out of absolute luft, (though, peradventure,

[T. Dec. I stand : ccountant for as great a sm)

That profit 's yet to come 'twixt me and you.

Good night. But partly led to diet my revenge,

[Exeunt Orbello ar.d Defdad. For that I do suspect the luity Moor

Enter lago. Hath leap'd into my feat : The thought whereof Cas. Welconie, lago : We must to the watch. Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards: lago. Not this hour, lieutenant ; 'tis not yet ten And nothing can or shall content my soul, o'clock : Our general cast us thus early, for the 'Till I am even with him, wife for wife; love of his Desdemona: whom let us Dut there

ij. e. qualities, disposition of mind. z Indexes were formerly prefixed to books.

3j.e. throw. ing a llur upon his discipline. 4 Sudderi, is precipitatcly violeni. Si. e. whose referunent tha!) not be lo quriified or tempered, as to be u'ell tafied, as not to retain some bitternes. A fignificant fellow may, in fome refpects, very well be called trojů. 7 To tiafh a hourd is a tein of hunting still used in the North, and perhaps not uncommon mother parts of England. It is, to correćt, to rate. 8 A phrase from the art of wreiliing 9 Rank yürb inay mcan grosir, i. e. without mincing the matter. 10 More in this place signifies ertire. 1 That is, affinid # In our stations, according to Dr. Johnson ; whercas Mr, Siceve.s tlauks, that cajē us only nens i mited us, or got rid of our company,

fore blame : he hath not yet made wanton the And let me the canakin clink, clink; night with her ; and the is sport for Jove.

And let me the canakin clink : Caf. She's a moft exquisite lady.

A soldier 's a man; lago. And, I'll warrant her, full of game.

A lifi's but a span; Caf. Indeed, she is a molt fresh and delicate by elsen, let a soldier drink. creature.

Some wine, boys ! lago. What an eye she has! methinks, it sounds Caf. 'Fore heaven, an excellent song. a parley of provocation.

Iugo. I learu'd it in England, where (indeed) Caf. An inviting eye; and yet, methinks, right they are most potent in potting : your Dane, your modeft.

German, and your swag-bellied Hollander, lago. And, when she speaks, is it not an alarum Drink, ho !-are nothing to your English. to love?

Caf. Is your Englishman so exquisite in his Caf. She is, indeed, perfection.

drinking? lago. Well, happiness to their meets! Come, Iago. Why, he drinks you, with facility, your lieutenant, I have a stoop of wine; and here Dane dead drunk ; he sweats not to overthrow without are a brace of Cyprus gallants, that would your Almain; he gives your Hollander a vomit, fain have a measure to the health of the black ere the next pottle can be fillid. Othello.

Caf. To the health of our general. Caf. Not to-night, gond Iago ; I have very poor Mont. I am for it, lieutenant ; and I'll do you and unhappy brains for drinking : I could well justice. with courtesy would invent some other custom of lago. O sweet England! entertainment.

4 King Stephen was a worthy peers, lago. O, they are our friends; but one cup: I'll! His breeches utit him but a crown; drink for you.

lle bild them fix-pence all 100 dear, Caf. I have drunk but one cup to-night, and With that be calld the taylor blown. that was craftily qualified too', and, behold, what He was a wigh: of bigb renown, innovation it makes here ; I am unfortunate in And thou art but of low degree: the infirmity, and dare not talk my weakness 'Tis pride that pulls the country down, with any more.

Then take tbine auld clozk about ibee. lago. What, man! 'tis a night of revels; the Some wine, ho! gallants defire it.

Caf. Why, this is a more exquisite song than Caf. Where are they?

the other. lago. Here at the door ; I pray you, call them in. lago. Will you hear it again? Cof. I'll do 't; but it dinikes me. [Exit Caffio. Cas. No; for I hold him to be unworthy of his

lago. If I can fasten but one cup upon him, place, that does those things.-Well,--Heaven 's With that which he hath drunk to-night already, above all ; and there be fouls that mult be saved, He'll be as full of quarrel and offence

and there be souls must not be saved. As my young mistress' dog. Now, my fick fool, lago. It's true, good lieutenant. Roderigo,

Caf. For mine own part,-no offence to the Whom love hath turn'd almost the wrong side general, nor any man of quality, I hope to be outward,

saved. To Desdemona hath to-night carouz'd

Iago. And so I do too, lieutenant. Potations pottle deep; and he's to watch :

Caj. Ay, but, by your leave, not before me; Three lads of Cyprus,--noble swelling spirits, the lieutenant is to be saved before the ancient. That hold their honours in a wary distance, Let's have no more of this : let's to our affairs. ----The very elements of this warlike inle, Forgive us our fins !--Gentlemen, let's look to Have I to-night fluster'd with flowing cups, our business. Do not think, gentlemen, I am And they watch too. Now, 'naongst this flock of drunk; this is my ancieni ;-this is my right drunkards,

hand, and this is my left hand :-I am not drunk Am I to put our Caffio in some action

now; I can stand well enough, and I speak well That may oftend the isle.--But here they come : enough. If consequence do but approve my dream,

All. Excellent well. My boat fails freely, both with wind and stream. Caf. W'hy, very well then : you must not think Enter Celjio, Montano, and Gentlemen. then that I am drunk.

[Exis. Caf. 'Fore heaven, they have given me a rouso 3 Mons. To the platform, masters; come, let 's already.

set the watch. Moni. Good faith, a little one ; not past a pint, lago. You see this fellow, that is gone before ; As I am a soldier.

He is a soldier, fit to stanı! by Cæfar lago. Same wine, ho !

[Iago sings. And give direction : and do but see his vice;

Bi. c. Nily mixed with water. 2 j.e. As quarrelsome as the difcordia semina rerum ; as quick is opposition as fire and water. 3 A roufe appears to be a quantity of liquor rather too large. These tanzas are taken from an old song, which the reader will find in Porcy's Rclicks of Ancient Puctry. $19 * worthy fellow. . i.e. sorry fellow, palury wretch.

"Tis to his virtue a just equinox,

Have you forgot all sense of place and duty ? The one as long as the other : 'tis pity of him, Hold, hold! the general speaks to you ; hold, for I fear, the trutt Othello puts him in,


{this? On some odd time of his intimity,

Oth. Why, how now, bo! from whence ariketh Will thake this island.

Are we turn'd Turks : and to ourselves do tim, Mont. But is he often thus ?

Which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites? 1150. 'Tis evermore the prologue to liis Deep : For Christian Thame, put by this barbarous brawl • He'll watch the horologe a double set,

He that stirs next to carve forth his own rage, If drink rock not his cradle '.

Holds his foul light; he dies upon his motion. -Mont. It were well,

Silence that dreadful bell, ic frights the ille The general were put in mind of it.

From her propriety 5. -What is the matter, Perhaps, he sees it not ; or his good-nature

maiters Prizes the virtue that appears in Carlio,

Honest Lagn, that look'st dead with grieving, And looks not on his evils; Is not this true? Speak, who began this ? on thy lo e, I churge thee, Enter Roderigo.

lago. I do not know ;-friends all but now, lago. How now, Roderigo ?

even now, I pray you, after the lieutenant; go. [Exit Rod. In quarter 6 and in terms like bride and grooin

Mioni. And 'tis great pity, that the noble Moor Diverting them for bed : and then, but now, Should hazard such a place, as his own fecond, (As if some planet had unwitfed men) With one of an ingraft intirmity 2 :

Swords out, and tilting one at other's breast, It were an honeit action to say to

In opposition bloody. I cannot speak Unto the Moor.

Any beginning to this peevith odds ; Tulo. Not I, for this fair island :

And 'would in action glorious I had loft I do love Callio well; and would do much These legs, that brought me to a part of it! To cure him of this evil. But hark! what noise ? Oib. Huw comes it, Michael, you are this [Cry wirbin,--Help! help!

forgot 7? Recenter Caffio, diiving in Roderigo,

Caf. I p. ay youi, pardon me, I cannot speak. Caf. You rogue ! you rascal!

Oth. Worthy Montano, you were wont becivila Mont. What's the matter, lieutenant ?

The gravity and stillness of your youth Luf. A knave!-teach me my duty !

The world bath noted, and your name is great I'll beat the knave into a twiggen 3 bottle. In mouths of wiseft censure ; What's the master, Rod. Beat me!

That you unlace 8 your reputation thus, Cas. Doft thou prite, rogue ?

And spend your rich opinion 9, for the name Moni. Nay, good lieutenant ; [Slaying him. Of a night-brawler? Give me answer to it. I pray you, fir, hold your hand.

Mont. Worthy Othello, I am hurt to danger; Cal. Let me go, sir,

Your officer, lago, can inferm youOr Ull knock you o'er the mazzard.

While I spare speech, which fomething now of Mani. Come, come, you're drunk.

fends me, Caf. Drunk!

[They figbi. Of all that I do know: nor know I aught, lago. Away, I fay! go out, and cry-a mutiny. By me that is said or done amiss this night;

[ -Ajide to Rod. Unless self-charity to be sometime a vice ;

[Exit Roderigo. And to defend ourselves it be a fin, Nay, good lieutenant,--alas, gentlemen, When violence allails uş. Help, ho! ---Lieutenant,-f11,-Montano,-fir ;-- Orb. Now, by heaven, Help, matters ! Here's a goodly watch, indeed ! My blood begins my fafer guides to rule ; Who's that that rings the bell :--Diablo, ho ! And paßion, having my best judgment collied",

[Bell rings. Afiays to lead the way': if I once ftir, The town will rise : Fie, fie, lieutenant! hold; Or do but lift this arm, the best of you You will be sham'd for ever.

Shall funk in my rebuke. Give me to know Enter Othello, and sittendunts.

How this foul rout began, who set it on; 0:h. What is the matter here?

And he that is approv'd 12 in this offence, Mont. I bleed ftill, I am hurt to the death ;– Though he had twinn'd with me, both at a birth, he dies 4.

Shall lose me.—What! in a town of war, 0:h. Hold, for your lives.

Yet wild, the people's hearts brim-full of fear, laga. Hold, hold, licutenant,-fir,-Montano, To manage private and domestic quarrel, gentlemen,

i In night, and on the court and guard of safety!

xi.e. If he have no drink, he'll keep awake while the clock strikes two rounds, or four-and-ewenty hours. 2 j. e. an infirmity rooted, settled in his conftitution. 3 A twiggen bostle is a wicker'd bottle. 4 1. e. he shall die. He may be supposed to say this as he renews the fight. Si. e. from her rezular and proper state. oiie. in their quarteis ; at their lodging. 7'i. C. you have thus forgo: yourself. 8 i.e. Nacken, or loosen, put in danger of dropping; or perhaps strip of its or,

91. e. throw away and squander a reputation fo valuable as yours. io Care of one's self. II Othello means, that paflion bas discoloured his judgment. To colly anciently figo rified to be fmul, to blacken as with coal. The word is still used in the midland counties. 12 i. c. he that is convicted, by proof, of having been engaged in this offence,



'Tis mönsterous.--- Iago, who began 't? Apute yourself fuch a loser. What; man! there

Mon. If partially affin'd', or leagu'd in office, are ways to recover the general again : You are Thon doft deliver more or less than truth, but now cast in his mood ?, a punithment more in Thou art no fuldier.

policy than in malice; even fo as one would beat his lago. Touch me not so near :

otienceless dog, to attright an imperious lion : fue
I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth, to him again, and he's yours.
Than it thould do otlence to Michael Callio ; Caf. I will rather fue to be despis'd, than to de-
Yet, I perfuade myself, to speak the truth ceive to good a commander, with fo light, to
Shall nothing wrong him.--Thus it is, general. drunkon, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk?
Montano and myself being in speech,

and speak parrot 3 ? and Equabble? swagger?
There comes a fellow, crying out for help ; su ear and discourse fuitian with one's own fha-
And Casio following him with determin'd sword, dow !--Othou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hart
To execute uron bim : Sir, thuis gentleman no name to be known by, let us call theco
Steps in to Catlio, and entreats his pule ;

devil! Myself the crying fellow did pursue,

lage. What was he that you followed with your Left, by his clamour (as it fo fell out)

sword? What had he done to you?
The town might fall in fright : he, swift of foot, Caf. I know not.
Out-ran my purpose ; and I return'd the rather lago. Is it poffible ?
For that I heard the clink and fall of swords, Caf. I remember a mass of things, but nothing
And Cattio high in oath ; which, till to-night, distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore,
I ne'er might say before : When I came back, O, that men should put an enemy in their mouths,
(For this was brief) I found them close together, to steal away their brains! that we thould, with
At blow, and thrust; even as again they were, joy, revel, pleafure, and applause, transform our.
When you yourtelf did part them.

felves into beats!
More of this matter can I not report :-

lago. Why, but you are now well enough;
But men are men ; the belt sometimes forget : How came you thus recover'd ?
Though Calvio did some little wrong to him, Caf. It hath pleas d the devil, drunkennels, to
As men in rage strike those that with them bett, - 'give place to the devil, wrath : one unperfeitners
Yet, surely, Cailio, I believe, receiv'dl,

thews me another, to make me frankly defpuie
From him tliat Hled, fome strange indignity,
Which patience could not pais.

lago. Come, you are too severe a moraler : As Orb. I know, lago,

the time, the place, and the condition of this Thy bonelly and love doth mince this matter, country 1tands, I could heartily with this had not Making it light to Callio :-Catrio, I love thee; befallen; but, fince it is as it is, mend it for your But never more be officer of mine.

own good. Enter Delite monu, altındid.

Cuf. I will ask him for my place again ; he Look, if my gentle love be not rais'd up ; ihall tell me, I ain a drunkard! Had I as many I'll make thee an example.

mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop them Dil. What is the matter, dear?

all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, Osb. All's well now, swetting : Come away to and precently a beatt! Itrange !--Every inorbed.

din..te cup is umblets'd, and the ingredient is a devil. Sir, for your hurts, myself will be your surgeon: lajo. Come, come, good wine is a good fania Lead him ort.

[T. Montano, who is led off. liar creature, if it be well uted; exclaim no more lago, look with care about the town ;

against it. And, good licutenant, I think, you
And filence those whon this vilebrawldistracted.--- think I love you.
Come, Desdemona ; 'tis the fo'diers' lite,

Caf. I have well approv'd it, fir.-1 drunk !
To have their balmy flumbers wak'd with strife. laga. You, or any man living, may be drunk

[Ex. Munent lago and Cojio. at some time, man. I tell you what you shall du. lago. What, are you hurt, lieutenant? Our general's wife is now the general ;---I may Caj. Ay, paft all surgery.

say fo in this respect, for that he math devoted and lago. Marry, heaven forbid !

ivea up himself to the concemplation, mark, and Caf. Reputation, reputation, reputation ! 0, 1 denotement, of her parts and graces :--confess have lost my reputation! I have lout the immortal yourself freely to her ; importune her ; she'l! part, fir, of myself, and what remains is bestial. -- belp to put you in your place again : she is of no My reputation, lago, my reputation.

free, fo kin', fu apt, ļ, blessed a dispofition, that : lago. As I am an honett man, I had thought the holis ii a vice in her goodness, not to do more you had receiv'd come to lily w vand ; there is than the is requetted : This broken joint, between more offence in that, than in reputation. Repu- you and her hulband, intreat her to splinter; and, tation is an idle and muit Calte mposition ; of my fortunes against any lay worth naming, this got without merit, and lost without deserving : crack of your love shall gruw Itronger than it was You have loft no reputation at all, unless you re before.



finod is bound boy proximity of relationship; but here it means related by ncamels of ofice. 2 1. c. cjelled in his anger. 3 A phiak signifying to act foolithly and childilly, Y yy


Caf. You advise me well.

She shall undo her credit with the Moot lago. I protett, in the lincerity of love, and so will I tum her virtue into pitch ; honet kindness.

And out of her own goodness make the set Caf. I think it frcely; and, betimes in the That Thallenmesh them all. How now, Roderigo? morning, I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona

Enter Roderigo. to undertake for me: I am desperate of my for Rod. I do follow here in the chace, nok like a tunes, if they check me here.

hound that bunts, but one that fills up the c.? Lage. You are in the right. Good night, lieu. My money is almost spent ; I have been to-nigas tenint ; I must to the watch.

exceedingly well cudgeld; and, I think, the infue Caf. Good night, honeft lago. [Exit Casio. will be-I Mall have so much experience for my laga. And what's he then, that says-I play the pains : and so, with no money ac all, zod a little villain ?

more wit, return to Venice. When this advice is free ! I give, and honest, Iago. How poor are they, that bave not patiace! Probable to thinking, and (indeed). the course What wound did ever heal, but by degrees? To win the Moor again. For 'tis moft easy Thou know'ft, we work by wit, and as being The inclining Desdemona to subdue

witchcraft ; la my honeft suit; the 's fram'd as fruitful And wit depends on dilatory cime. As the free elements 2 : And then for her Does 't not go well ? Caffio hath beaten thee,

Towin the Moor,--were's to renounce his baptism, And thou, by that small hurt, halt cathier'd Caioa All seals and symbols of redeemed fin, Though other things grow fair against the fun, His soul is so enfetter'd to her love,

Yet fruits, that blotlom first, will firit be ripe : That she may make, unmake, do what the lift, Content thyself a while. By the mass, 'tis more Even as her appetite fhall play the god

ing: With his weak function. How am I then a villain, Pleasure, and action, make the hours seem fhorco To counsel Cario to this parallel 3 course, Retire thee; go where thou art billeted : Directly to his good ? Divinity of hell !

Away, I say, thou shalt know more hereafter : When devils will their blackest fins put on, Nay, get thee gone.

[Exit Roderies Thev do suggest at fint with heavenly thews, Two things are to be done, As I do now : For, while this honest fool My wife must move for Caffio to her mistress ; Plies Desdemona to repair his fortunes,

I'll set her on ; And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor, Myself, the while, will draw the Moor apart, I'll pour this peftilence + into his ear,

And bring him jump when he may Caffio fard That me repealss him for her body's lust; Soliciting his wife :-Ay, that's the way ; And, by how much the trives to do him good, Dull not device by coldness and delay.

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{that I know. But, makers, here's money for Before the Caftle.

you: and the general (o likes your mufic, that be

desires you, of all loves, to make no more sous Enter Cafio, with Musiciani.

with it. Cus. MASTER sai paay here, I wil content Muf. Well, sir, we will not.

Clown. If you have any music that may not be Something that's brief; and bid-good-morrow, heard, to 't again : but, as they say, to hear music,

(Mufick plays, und enter Clown. the general does not greatly care. Clorun. Why, malters, have your instruments Olul. We have none fuch, fur. been at Naples, that they speak i' the note thus i ? Clavn. Then put up your pipes in your bag, fur Muf. How, sir, how!

I'll away : Go; vanith into air ; away. Clorur. Are these, I pray you, callid wind in

Exeunt M struments ?

Caf. Dost thou hear, my honest friend? Muf. Ay, marry, are they, fir,

Clown. No, I hear not your honest friend; I Clown. O, thereby hangs a tail. Muf. Whereby hangs a tale, fir ?

Cas. Pr’ythee, keep up thy quillets. There's a Clown. Marry, fir, by many a wind inftrumenti poor piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman is e. has an appcarance of honest openness, of frank good-will

. 2 Liberal, bountiful, as the elements, out of which all things are produced. 3 i. e. a course level, and even with his deliga. 4 Pestilence, for poison. s That is, recals hin, 6 A metaphor from taking birds is mclacs. 7 Tho venereal disease first appeared at the siege of Naples.

hear you.

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