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And I, (God bless the mark !) his Moorship’s an- Rod. My name is--Roderigo. cient.

Bra. The worse welcome :

(doors ; Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been bis ! have charg'd thee, not to haunt about ms hangman.

In honest plainness thou hast heard me say lago. But there's no remedy ; 'tis the curse of My daughter is not for thee; and now, in mad. service ;

ness, Preferment goes by letter and affection,

Being full of supper and distempering draughts Not by the old gradation, where each second Upon malicious bravery dost thou come Stood' heir to the first. Now, Sir, be judge To start my quiet. yourself,

Rod. Sir, Sir, Sir, Sir,Whether I in any just term am affin'd

Bra. But thou must needs be sure, To love the Moor.

My spirit and my place have in them power Rod. I would not follow him then.

To make this bitter to thee. lago. O Sir, content you ;

Rod. Patience, good Sir. I follow him to serve my turn upon him :

Bra. What tell'st thou me of robbiug ? this is We cannot all be masters, nor all masters

Cannot be truly follow'd. You shall mark My house is not a grange.
Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave,

Rod. Most grave Brabantio,
That, doting on his own obsequious bondage, In simple and pure soul I come to you.
Wears out his time, much like his master's ass, lago. 'Zounds, Sir, you are one of those that
For nought but provender ; and, when he's old, will not serve God, ir the devil bid you. Be-
cashier'd ;

cause we come to do you service, you think we Whip me such bonest knaves : Others there are, are ruffians : You'll have your daughter covered Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty, with a Barbary horse ; you'll have your nephews + Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves ; neigh to you : you'll have coursers for cousins, And, throwing but shows of service on their lords, and geunets 1 for germans. Do well thrive by them; and, when they have Bra. What profane wretch art thou ? lin'd their coats,

Iago. I am one, Sir, that comes to tell you Do themselves homage : these fellows have some your daughter and the Moor are now making the soul;

beast with two backs. And such a one do I profess myself.

Bra. Thou art a villain. For, Sir,

lago. You are-a senator. It is as sure as you are Roderigo,

Bra. This thou shalt answer: I know thee Were I the Moor, I would not be laro:

Roderigo. In following him, I follow but myseit;

Rod. Sir, I will answer any thing. But I be. Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,

seech you, But seeming so, for my peculiar end ;

ir't be your pleasure, and most wise consent, For when my outward action doth demonstrate (As partly, I find, it is,) that your fair daughter, The native act and figure of my heart

At this odd-even and dull watch o'the night, In compliment extern, 'tis not long after

Transported-with no worse nor better guard, But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve But with a knave of common hire, a gondolier, For daws to peck at: I am not what I ain. To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor,

Rod. What a full fortune does the thick-lips If this be known to you, and your allowance, If he can carry't thus !

(owe + We then have done you bold and sancy wrongs : lago. Call up her father,

But if you know not this, my manners tell me, Rouse him ; make after him, poison his delight, We have your wrong rebuke. Do not believe Proclaim him in the streets ; incense her kins. That from the sense of all civility, (ence : men,

If thus would play and trifle with your rever. And, though he in a fertile climate dwell, Your daughter, - if you bave not given her Plague him with flies ; though that his joy be joy,

leave, Yet throw such changes of vexation on't, I say again, bath made a gross revolt; As it may lose some colour.

Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes, Rod. Here is her father's house : l'll call in an extravagant 5 and wheeling stranger, (self; aloud.

of here and every where : Straigbt satisfy your Iago. Do ; with like timorous accent, and dire if she be in her chamber, or your house, yell,

Let loose on me the justice of the state
As when, by night and negligence, the fire For thus deluding you.
Is spied in populous cities.

Bra. Strike on the tinder, ho!
Rod. What, ho! Brabantio ! signior Braban. Give me a taper ;-call up all my people :
tio, ho !

This accident is not unlike my dreain, lago. Awake ! what, ho! Brabantio ! thieves. Belief of it oppresses me already » thieves ! thieves ! [bags ! Light, I say I light !

(Exit from above. Look to your house, your daughter, and your Iago. Farewell ; for I must leave you : Thieves ! thieves !

It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place, BRABANTIO, above, at a Window.

To be produc'd (as, if I stay, I shall,)

Against the Moor : For, I do know, the state, Bra. What is the reason of this terrible sum. However this may gall him with some check, What is the matter there?

[mons ? Cannot with safety cast || himn ; for be's embark'd Rod. Signior, is all your family within ? With such loud reason to the Cyprus' wars, lago. Are your doors lock'd ?

(Which even now stand in act, that, for their Bra. Why? wherefore ask you this!

souls, lago. 'Zounds, Sir, you are robb'd; for sbame, Another of his fathom they have not, put on your gown ;

(soul ; To lead their business ; in wbich regard, Your heart is burst, you have lost half your Though I do hate him as I do hell pains, Even now, very now, au old black ram

Yet, for necessity of present life, Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise ;

I must show out a flag and sign of love, Awake the snorting citizens with the bell, Which is indeed but sign. That you shall surely Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you :

find him, Arise, I say.

Lead to the Sagittary the rais'd search ; Bra. What, have you lost your wits ?

And there will I be with him. So, farewell. Rod. Most reverend signior, do you know my

(Ez it. voice 1 Bra. Not 1; What are you?

• A lone farm house. Nephews, here means grand

* A Spanish horse. • Related. + Possess. Wandering.

| Dismiss.


Enter below, BRABANTIO, and Servants with Iago. By Janus, I think no.

oth. The servants of the duke, and my lieuBra. It is too true an evil : gone she is :

tenant. And what's to come of my despised time,

The goodness of the night upon you, friends! Is nought but bitterness. ---Now, Roderigo,

What is the news ? Where didst thou see her 1–0 unhappy girl!

Cas. The duke does greet you, general; With the Moor, say'st thou f-Who would be a

And he requires your haste-post-haste appearance, father

Even on the instant. How didst thou know 'twas she Othou de

Oth. What is the matter, think you! ceiv'st me

Cas. Something from Cyprus, as I may divine ; Past thought I-What said she to you 1-Get more it is a business of some heat : The gallies tapers ;


Have sent a dozen sequent messengers Raise all my kindred.- Are they married think | This very night at one another's heels ; Rod. Truly, I think, they are.

And many of the consuls, rais'd, and met, Bra. O heaven !-How got she out 1-0 trea- Are at the duke's already : You have been hotly

call'd for ; son of the blood ! Fathers, from bence trust not your daughters' When, being not at your lodging to be found, minds

The senate hath sent about three several quests, By what you see them act.-Are there not charms To search you out .

Oth. 'Tis well I am found by you.
By which the property of youth and maidhood
May be abus'd! Have you not read, Roderigo,

I will but spend a word here in the house. of some such thing?

And go with you.

[Erit. Rod. Yes, Sir; i have indeed.

Car. Ancient, what makes me here? Bra. Call up my brother.-0 that you had

lago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land had her

carack, t Some one way, some another.-Do you know

If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever. Where we may apprehend ber and the Moor

Cas. I do not understand. Rod, I think, I can discover him, if you please

Iago. He's married. To get good guard, and go along with me.

Cas. To who? Bra. Pray you, lead on. At every house l'u

Re-enter OTXELLO. call; I may command at most :-Get weapons, ho !

Iago. Marry, to-Come, captain, will you go?

oth. Have with you. And raise some special officers of night. On, good Roderigo ;-P'll deserve your pains.

Cas. Here comes another troop to seek for you. (Exeunt. Enter BRABANTIO, RODERICO, and Officers of

Night with Torches and Weapons. SCENE II.-The same.- Another Street. lago. It is Brabantio :-general, be advised ;

He comes to bad Intent. Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Attendants.

Oth. Hollal stand there! Tago. Though in the trade of war I have slain Rod. Signior, it is the Moor. men,

Bra. Down with him, thief! Yet do I hold it very stuff o'the conscience,

[They draw on both sides. To do do contriv'd murder; I lack iniquity Iago. Yon, Roderigo ! coine, Sir, I am for you, Sometimes, to me do service : Nine or ten times Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew I bad thought to have yerk'd bim bere under the

will rust them.

(years, ribs.

Good signior, you shall more command with Oth. 'Tis better as it is.

Than with your weapons. lago. Nay, but he prated,

Bra. O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow'd And spoke such scurvy and provoking terins

my daughter? Against your honour,

Damn'd as thou art, thou hast enchanted her : That, with the little godliness I have,

For I'll refer me to all things of sense,
I did full hard forbear him. But, 1 pray, Sir, If she in chains of magic were not bound,
Are you fast married ? for be sure of this,- Whether a maid so tender, fair and happy,
That the magnificent is much beloved ;

So opposite to marriage, that she shunn'd
And hath, in his effect, a voice potential

The wealthy curled darlings of our nation, As double as the duke's ; he will divorce you ; Would every have, to incur a general niock,' Or put upon you what restraint and grievance Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom The law (with all bis mnight, to enforce it on,) of such a thing as thou : to fear not to delight. Will give him cable.

Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sense, Oth. Let him do his spite :

That thou hast practis'd on her with foul charms ; My services, which I have done the signiory, Abus'd her delicate youth with drugs, or minShall out-tougue his complaints. "Tis yet to

erals, know,

(our, That waken motion : l'll have it disputed on; (which, when I know that boasting is an hon- | 'Tis probable, and palpable to thinking. i sball promulgate,) I feteh my life and being I therefore apprehend and do attach thee, From men of royal siege, + and my demerits : For an abuser of the world, a practiser. May speak, unbonnetted, to as proud a fortune of arts iubibited and out of warrant :As this that I have reach'd : For know, lago, Lay hold upon him ; if he do resist, But that I love the gentle Desdemona,

Subdue him at his peril. I would not my unhoused free condition

Oth. Hold your hands, Put into circumspection and confine

Both you of my inclining, and the rest : For the sea's worth. But, look ! what lights come were it my cue to fight,

I should have known it yonder?

Without a prompter.- Where will you thai I go Enter CASSIO, at a distance, and certain

To answer this your charge ?
Officers with Torches.

Bra. To prison : till fit time

Of law, and course of direct session, lago. These are the raised father and his Call thee to answer. You were best to go in.

[friends :

Oth. What if I do obey ? Olh. Not 1: I must be found ;

How may the duke be therewith satisfied ; My parts, my title, and my perfect soul,

Whose messengers are here about my side, Shall mauifest me rightly. is it they?.

Upon some present business of the state,

To bring me to hini ? • The title of a Senator. + Men who have sat npon royal thrones. Demerits has the same • Following:

+ A rich vessel. tiganing in Shakspeare as merits.

* To terrify

off: 'Tis true, most worthy signior,

Enter BRABANTIO, OTHELLO, lago, RODERICO' The duke's in council; and your noble self,

and Officers. I am sure, is sent for.

Duke. Valiant Othello, we must straight emBra. How! the duke in council !

ploy you
In this time of the night |--Bring him away : Against the general enemy Ottoman.
Mine's not an idle cause : the duke bimself, I did not see you ; welcome, gentle Signior ;
Or any of my brothers of the state,

[To BRABANTIO. Cannot but feel this wrong as 'twere their own : We lack'd your counsel and your help to-night. For if such actions may have passage free,

Bra. So did I your's : Good your grace, pardoil Bond-slaves and pagans shall our statesmen be.

me ;

(ness, (Exeunt. Neither my place, nor aught I heard of busi

Hath rais'á me from my bed ; nor doth the geSCENE III.-The same.- A Council Chamber.

neral care The Duke and SENATORS, sitting at a Table ; Take hold on me ; for my particular grief Officers attending.

Is of so flood-gate and o'erbearing nature, Duke. There is no composition + in these That it engluts and swallows other sorrows,

And it is still itself. That gives them credit.

[news, 1 Sen. Indeed, they are disproportion'd;

Duke. Why, what's the matter? My letters say, a hundred and seven gallies.

Bra. My daughter ! O my daugbter !

Sen. Dead ? Duke. And mine, a hundred and forty. 2 Sen. And mine two hundred :

Bra. Ay, to me ;

She is abus'd, stolen from me, and corrupted But though they jump not on a just account, (As in these cases, where the aim reports,

By spells and medicines bought of mowitebanks ; "Tis oft with difference,) yet do they all confirm

For nature so preposterously to err, A Turkish feet, and bearing up to Cyprus.

Being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense, Duke. Nay, it is possible enough to judg. Sans witchcraft could notment ;

Duke. Whoe'er he be, that in this foul proI do not so secure me in the error,

ceeding, But the main article I do approve,

Hath thus beguild your daughter of herself, In fearful sense.

And you of ber, the bloody book of law Sailor. (Within.) What ho! what ho! what You shall yourself read in the bitter letter, ho!

After your own sense ; yea, though our proper

son Enter an OFFICER, with a SAILOR. Stood in your action. + Of. A messenger from the gallies.

Bra. Humbly I thank your grace. Duke. Now? the business?

Here is the man, this Moor ; whom now it Sailor. The Turkish preparation makes for

seems, Rhodes;

Your special mandate, for the state affairs, So was I bid report here to the state,

Hath hither brought. By signior Angelo.

Duke & Sen. We are very sorry for it. Duke. How say you by this change?

Duke. What, in your own part, can you say 1 Sen. This cannot be,

to this?

(70 OTHELLO. By no assay of reason ; 'tis pageant,

Bra. Nothing but this is so. To keep us in false gaze : When we consider Oth. Most potent, grave, and reverend sig. The importancy of Cyprus to the Turk;

niors, And let ourselves again but understand,

My very noble and approv'd good masters, That, as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes, That I have ta'en away this old mau's daughter, So may he with more facile question t bear it,

It is most true ; true, I have married her ; For that it stands not in such warlike brace, o

'The very head and front of my offending

Hath this extent, no more. Rude am But altogether lacks the abilities That Rhodes is dress’d in :—if we make thought and little bless'd with the set phrase of peace ;

of this, We must not think the Turk is so unskilful,

For since these arms of mine had seven years' To leave that latest which concerns him first;


(u'd Neglecting an attempt of ease and gain,

Till now some nine moons wasted, they have To wake ; and wage a danger profitless.

Their dearest action t in the tented field; Duke. Nay, in all confidence, he's not for And little of this great world can I speak, Rhodes.

More than pertains to feats of broil and battle ; Of. Here is more news.

And therefore little shall I grace my cause,

In speaking for myself : Yet, by your gracious Enter a MESSENGER.

patience, Mess. The Ottomites, reverend and gracious,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver Steering with due course toward the isle of of my whole course of love ; what drugs, what Rhodes,

charms, Have there injointed them with an after fleet.

What conjuration, aud what mighty magic, 1 Sen. Ay, so I thought :-How many as you (For such proceeding I am charg'á withal) guess ?

i won his daughter with. Mess." of thirty sail : and now do they restem or spirit“so still and quiet, that her motion

Bra. A maiden never bold; Their backward pourse, bearing with frank appearanco

[tano, Blush'd at berself ; And she, -in spite of naTheir purposes toward Cyprus.--Signior Mon

ture, Your trusty and most valiant servitor,

of years, of country, credit, every thing.With his free duty recommends you thus,

To fall in love with what she fear'd to look on? And prays you to believe him.

It is a judgment maim'd and most imperfect, Duke. "Tis certain then for Cyprus.

That will confess-perfection so could conld err Marcus Lucchese, is he not in town?

Against all rules of nature ; and must be driven 1 Sen. He's now in Florence.

To find out practices of cunning hell, Duke. Write from us ; wish him post-post- Why this should be. I therefore vonch again, baste : despatch.

That with some mixtures powerful o'er the I Sen. Here comes Brabantio, with the valiant

blood, Moor.

Or with some dram conjur'd to this effect,

He wrought upon ber. • I. e. Our offices of state will be filled by the pa- Duke. To vouch this, is no proof; gans and bond-slaves of Africa, + Concordancy. * Leu opposition. State of defence

• Without. † Accusation. 1 Best exertion.

in my

Without more certain and more overt-test, * Good Brabantio,
Than these thin habits, and poor likelihoods Take up this mangled matter at the best :
of modern seeming, + do prefer against him. Men do their broken weapons rather use,
i Sen. But, Othello, speak ;-

Than their bare hands.
Did you by indirect and forced courses

Bra. I pray you, hear her speak; Subdue and poison this young maid's affec. If she confess that she was half the wooer, tions ?

Destruction on my head, if my bad blame Or came it by request, and such fair question Light on the man !--Coine hither, gentle inisAs soul to soul affordeth ?

tress; Oth. I do beseech you,

Do you perceive in all this noble company, Send for the lady to the Sagittary,

Where most you owe obedience ?
Aud let her speak of me before her father: Des. My noble father,
If you do find me fout in her report,

I do perceive bere a divided duty :
The trust, the office, I do hold of you,

To you, I am bound for life and education ; Not only take away, but let your sentence My life and education both do learn me Even fall upon my life.

How to respect you : you are the lord of duty, Duke. Fetch Desdemona hither.

I am hitherto your daughter : But here's my Oth. Ancient, conduct them; you best know

husband ;
the place.-

And so much duty as my mother show'd
[Exeunt laco and Attendants. To you, preferring you before her father,
And, till she come, as truly as to heaven So much I challenge that I may profess
I do confess the vices of iny blood,

Due to the Moor my lord.
So justly to your grave ears I'll present

Bra. God be with you !I have done :How I did thrive in this fair lady's love,

Please it your grace, on to the state affairs ; And she in mine.

I had rather to adopt a child, than get it.Duke. Say it, Othello.

Come hither, Moor: Oth. Her father lov'd me ; oft invited me; I here do give thee that with all my heart, Still question’d me the story of my life, Which, but thou bast already, with all my Froin year to year : the batiles, sieges, fortunes,


(jewel, That I have pass'd.

I would keep from thee.--For

your sake, I ran it through, even from my boyish days, I am glad at soul I have no other child ; To the very moment that he bade me tell it. For thy escape would teach me tyranny, Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances, To hang clogs on them.-1 have done, my lord. of pioving accidents, by flood, and field ;

Duke. Let me speak like yourself ; . and lay or bair-breadth scapes i'the imminent deadly

a sentence,

(lovers of being taken by the insolent foe, [breach; Which as a grise, t or step, may help these And sold to slavery ; of my redemption thence, Into your favours. And portance ø in my travel's history :.

When remedies are past, the griefs are ended, Wherein of antres || vast, and desarts idle, By seeing the worst, which late ou hopes de. Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads pended. touch heaven,

To mourn a mischief that is past and gone, It was my hint to speak, such was the process is the next way to draw new mischief on. And of the Cannibals that each other eat, What cannot be preserv'd when fortune takes, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Patience ber injury a mockery makes. Do grow beneath their shoulders. These things The robb'd, that smiles, steals soniething from to hear,

the thief; Would Desdemona seriously incline : (thence ; He robs himself, that spends a bootless grief. But still the house affairs would draw her Bra. So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile; Which ever as she could with haste despatch, We lose it not, so long as we can smile. She'd come again, and with a greedy ear

He bears the sentence well, that nothing Devour up my discourse : Which I observing, But the free comfort which from thence le Took once à pliant hour, and fouud good

hears : means

But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow, To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart, That, to pay grief, must of poor patience bor. That I would all my pilgrimnage dilate,

Whereof by parcels' she had something heard, These sentences, to sugar, or to gall,
But not intentively : ** I did conseni;

Being strong on both sides, are equivocal :
And often did beguile her of her tears,

But words are words ; I never yet did hear, When I did speak of some distressful stroke, That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the That my youth suffer'd. My story being done,

ear. 1 She gave me for my pains a world of sighs ; I humbly beseech you, proceed to the affairs of She swore,- In faith, 'twas strange, 'twas pass- state. ing strange ;

Duke. The Turk with a most mighty prepar"Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrons pitiful ;

ation makes for Cyprus :-Othello, the forti. She wish'd she had not heard it; yet she tude of the place is best known to you : And wish'd

though we have there a substitute of most alThat heaven had made her such a man; she lowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a sovereign misthank'd me ;

tress of effects, throws a more safer voice on And bade me if I had a friend that lov'd ber, you : you must therefore be content to slubber 6 I shonld but teach him how to tell my story,

the gloss of your new fortunes with this more And that would woo her. Upon this hint, 1 stubborn and boisterous expedition. She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd, (spake :

Oth. The tyrant custom, most grave senators, And I lov'd her that she did pity them.

Hath made the finty and steel couch of war This only is the witchcraft I have us'd ; My thrice-driven bed of down: I do agnize || Here comes the lady, let her witness it.

A natural and prompt alacrity,

I find in hardness; and do undertake Enter DESDEMONA, LAGO, and Attendants. These present wars against the Ottomites. Duke. I think this tale would win my daugh. Most humbly therefore bending to your state, ter too.

I crave fit disposition for my wife,

Due reference of place, and exibition, • Proof.

+ Weak show. * The sign of the fictitious creature so called. • As you yourself would speak. + Griss, from degrees My behaviour 1 Caves.

Mentioned. 1. . That wounds of sorrow were ever cured by by Maudeville, and also by Sir Walter Raleigh.

words of consolation .. Attentively.



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