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OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE.
DUKE OF VENICE.
Clown, servant to Othello.
DESDEMONA, daughter to Braban
vice of the Venetian state. Cassio, his lieutenant.
Sailor, Messenger, Herald, Of IAGO, his ancient.
ficers, Gentlemen, Musiciana RODERIGO, a Venetian gentleman. and Attendants. MONTANO, Othello's predecessor in the government of Cyprus.
SCENE: Venice: a Sca-port in Cyprus.
SCENE I. Venice. A street.
Enter RODERIGO and IAGO.
Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me:
Rod. Thou told’st me thou didst hold him in thy hate, Iago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the
city, In personal suit to make me his lieutenant, Off-capp'd to him: and, by the faith of man,
10 I know my price, I am worth no worse a place: But he, as loving his own pride and purposes, Evades them, with a bombast circumstance Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war; And, in conclusion, Nonsuits my mediators; for, “Certes," says he, “I have already chose my officer."
And what was he?
Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his hangman.
Tago. Why, there's no remedy; 'tis the curse of service, Preferment goes by letter and affection, And not by old gradation, where each second Stood heir to the first. Now, sir, be judge yourself, Whether I in any just term am affined To love the Moor. Rod. I would not follow him then.
40 Iago. O, sir, content you: I follow him to serve my turn upon him: We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly follow'd. You shall mark Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave, That, doting on his own obsequious bondage, Wears out his time, much like his master's ass, For nought but provender, and when he's old, cashier'd: Whip me such honest knaves. Others there are Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty,
60 For when my outward action doth demonstrate The native act and figure of my heart