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handkerchief was accidentally found by her, and given to lago, who had often earnestly begged her to steal it. Upon this Otb. runs' at lago, who breaks through, and wounds his wife; thert runs

out. Exeunt Mon. and Gra. after lago. Sc. IX. Æmil. protests that Def. was chaste, and loved Otb.

She dies. Re-enter Gra. Oth. bewails the loss of

Def. Sc. X. Enter Lod. Caf. led in wounded, Mon. and lago pri

soners, with officers. Oth. wounds lago. Lod. says lago had in part confessed his villainy. Oth, alks Cafi's pardon for liaving conspired against him, and begs him to ask lago, why he had thus impofed upon and insnared him (Oth.). Iago declares he will relate nothing. Lod. produces two letters, found in the pocket of the inurdered Rod. one of them importing the death of Cas. to be undertaken by Rod. and the other a discontented paper that Red. intended to have fent lago. Caf. being questioned by Oth. about the handkerchief, tells him he found it in his chamber, and that lago had confeffed he dropt it there for a special purpose, which wrought to his desire. Oth. after representing his unhappy cale, ftabs himself, and kisling Def: dies. Lod. recommends to Cafi (who is made governor of Cye prus) the punishing lago according to his deserts. Dixeunt.


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USH; never tell me; I take it much unkindly,

That thou, lago, who haft had my purse,
As if the strings were thine, shouldft know of this.

lago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me. If ever I did dream of such a matter, abhor me.


a The qu's and fo's do not describe d The ift q. Tbar you, Jago, wbo has the scene; R. and P. Venice only; T. bad, &c. first makes it a street in Venice.

• The ad q. omits lago. So the qu's and W; the rest orit f All but the ift q. omit 'Sblood. Tuh.

& $o the ift g; the rett you'll

. c The three latt fo's and R. read ho C. omito abbor me; H. reads abbor very for mucb.

mo tben.

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Rod. Thou told'ft me thou didst hold him in thy hate. lago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the

city, In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,

Off-cap'd to hiin; and, by the faith of man, I know my price, I am worth no worfe a place, But he (as loving his k own pride and purposes) Evades them with a bombast circumstance, Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war, * And, in conclusion, Non-suits my mediators : for, certes, says he, I have already chosen my officer. And what was he? Forsooth, a great arithmetician, One Michael Callio, Pa Florentine, (A fellow's almost 9 damn'd in a fair' wife!) [. Afides

i The qu's, R. P. and H. read Ofe' s The emendation of T. (followed by cape. But we are not to suppose that the all the succeeding editors, except Hy Great ones often begg'd Crbello (cap in ftands thus, hand) to promote lago; it was enough -Ong Michael Caffio :-(" the Florene that they did so once.

very likely

< rine's the original reading was Off'd cap. " A fellow almost damn'd in a fais * H. omits own.

" wife;") 1 T. reads purpose (as in no edition Wherein it is supposed that Iago is the before) followed by W. and 7. Florentine hest mentioned ; and that he

m The 2d q. the fo's, and R. omit, here breaks off in his speech, and is And in conclufion.

personating Oebello, and repeating the n So all before P, who omits for; words Orbello had said concerning kim followed by the reft, except C. (lagos) But it is surprizing it hath not

• So the it q. and S; all the reít, appeared to these editors that lago is a cbofe.

Venetian. Iago makes out Desdemona'to T. reads, tbe Florentine's; W. a be bis country-woman by the following Florentine's.

words (which are concerning her) The qu's read dambd.

I know our country disposition well " H. reads pbyz for wife ; C. face. In Venice, &c.

Ad. W. Sc. 5.


That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows
More than a spinster; ' unless the # bookish theorick,
Wherein the toged * consuls can propose
As masterly as he: meer prattle, without practice,

And in the following passage, lago de- honest than this lago. alares Roderigo to be his country-man, But then tho' Caffio be the Florentine, and a Venetian.

as it does not appear that he was marAlas, my friend and my dear country. ried, he cannot be ibe fellow almoll damnid man,

in a fair wife; therefore H. alters wife Rederigo ? &c.

to Pbyz; a fair face (and such an one Gra. What, of Venice

Cafio is supposed to have) being no comlago. Even he, &c.

pliment to a soldier, but rather a dirHow these two plain passages came to grace. He's meaning tben is something escape these editors, is astonishing: 5. like this, Casio's a damn'd handsome indeed, when he comes to the firft of fellow." them, remarks that, Here Jago seems to be In the above reading, I have only sup

Venetian. (Seems ? I know not Seems ) plied, 's, after fellou, and restored the who can doubt it?

parenthefis which is in the fo's, though Lago, therefore, being a Venetian, this not in the qu's; and suppose Shakespeare emendation of T, falls to the ground: meant this line to be spoke apart, exand Caffio may be the Florenting here pressing a sudden motion of jealousy in mentioned ; and that he is may be prov- lage on naming Orbello and Caffio; of ed by a passage which has been made use both of which that he was jealous apof to prove him nor a Florentine, Speak- pears from A& II, Sc. 8. And lago's ing of lago, Caffio says,

meaning is, “To be married to a handCaf. I never knew

some woman (as I am) is almost as bad A Florentine more kind and honeft. as being damn'd; as the number of her

Ad III, Sc. 1. admirers will doom the husband to a By which these editors would understand Aate of perpetual jealousy." Caffio to mean, that lago was a very kind i So all before P. who reads but for *and honeft Florentine. But as it is proy- unless; followed by the rest, except C,

ed that lago was no Florentine, but a Vio u Blockijb, 2d q. netian: the meaning of these words of w So the ift q. T. W. and ; Gifsio must be, “ I never knew one of the rest, tongued for toged, my own country-men more kind and * T. reads couns lors,

y Is all his soldiership. But he, fr, had th' election; And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof At Rhodes, at'Cyprus, and on other grounds • Chriftian and heathen, must be be-leed and calm'd By d debiter and creditor. This counter-caster He, in good time, must his lieutenant be, And I, e sir, (bless the mark !) his Moor-ship's Ancient.

Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his hangman,

lage. But there's no remedy; 'tis the curse of service; Préferment goes by letter and affection,

Not by the old gradation, where each second Stood heir to th' first

. Now, fir, be judge yourself, 1 Whether I in any just term 'am

k affin'd To love the Moor.

Rod. I would not follow him then.

lago. O fir, content you; I follow him to serve


him. We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly follow'd. You shall mark


turn upon

y The 3d and 4th fo's read in for is. the same origin and meaning. Heath

z So all before P. who reads, be bad in loc. <b' election, omitting But and for; fol ď H. and C. read, Debror. lowed by the reft, except C.

e The fo's omit for; the Ift q. P. T. a Qu's, Cipreso

H. W. and C. God bless rbe mark. ► The ad q. reads Cbrifin'd; two ift [ The ift q. wership's for Moore joip's. fo's, Cbrijlen'd.

& The fo's and R. read Wby for But. c So the 2d q. the fo's, R. T. H. . b So the qu's; W. reads, Nel (as of and C; the rest led, except W. who from old) gradation; the rest

, And not by old hence conjectures les. But be-bed seems gradation. to be the true reading. • Lee'd is a lea. i So all before P. who alters Wbetber term, which fignifics, setarded by con- 2018; followed by the reft, except C. par winds; and be-legd is a word of k so the 2d q. the fo's, R. J. and C;

thereft, afgod.


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