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lago. She never yet was foolish, that was fair; For even her folly helpt her to an heir.

Def. These are old & fond paradoxes to make fools laughi i th’alehouse. What miserable praise haft thou for her that's foul and foolish ? . Iago. There's none so foul and foolish thereunto, But does foul pranks, which fair and wise oncs do.

Def. O heavy ignorance ! thou praiseft the worst best. But what praise couldst thou bestow on a deserving woman indeed ? one that in the aụthority of her i merit, did juftly put k on the vouch of very malice itself?

Iago. She that was ever fair, and never proud,
Had tongue at will, and yet was never loud;
Never lackt gold, and yet went never say,
Fled from her wish, and yet said, Now I may;
She that being angerd, her revenge being nigh,
Bad her wrong stay, and her displeasure fly;
She that in wisdom neyer was so frail
To change the cod's head for the salmon's tail;
She that could think, and ne'er disclose her mind,
* See suitors following, and not look behind;
She was a wight (if ever such wight were) –

Def. To do what?
Iago. To suckle fools, and chronicle fmall beer.


f The It q. a baire; 7. proposes to

* T. down for on, read,

I So all before P. who readş wben fos Sbe ne'er was yet so foolish that was fair, being; followed by the rest, except C. But cu'n ber folly belp'd ber to an beir. m The rst q. omits this line. & The qu's omit fond.

'n . reads ne'er for not. h The qu's, ibal praises.

0 The fo's, wig besi i The qu's, merits.


Def. O most lame and impotent conclusion ! Do not learn of him, Æmilia, though he be thy husband. How Lay you, Cafio, is he not a most profane and p liberal 4 counsellor ?

Caf. He speaks home, Madam; you may relish. him more in the soldier than in 'the scholar,

• [They converse apart. lago. [Afide] He takes her by the palm; ay, well saidwhisper-_ With as a little a web as this, will I ensnare as great a fly as Caffio. Ay, smile upon her, do. "I will catch

you in your own courtesies. If such tricks as these ftrip you out of your licutenancy, it had been better you had not * kissed your three fingers so oft, which now again you are most apt to play the Sir in. y Very good, well kiss'd — an excellent courtesy—'tis a so indeed. Yet again, your fingers at your lips ? 'would they were clister-pipes for your fake,

[Trumpet within. The Moor. I know his trumpet.

Caf. 'Tis truly so.
Def. Let's meet him, and receive him,
Caf, Lo, where he comes !

* So the qu's, fo's and C; all the rest, lieutenancy.

* The qu's, rift for kifed,
y The i ft q. omits Very,
2 So the ift q; the rest, and for

P H. reads illiberal.
9 T. and H. read censurer,
* Second f, omits ibe.
s This direction put in by C.

+ The oft g. As little a web as this will ensnare as great a flee as Caffio, &c.

* So the iftq; the 2d, I will carcb you in your own courtship; the reft, I will Egve ibee in ebine own courtship. The ift, 3d and the fo's, give for Syve.

a The 2d q. omits fo.

So the qu's; the reft, so for al, • The two last fo's, come.

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Oth. O my fair warrior!
Def. My dear Othello!

Oth. It gives me wonder, great as my content,
To see you here before me : do my soul's joy!
If after every tempest come fuch.calms,
May the winds blow till they have waken'd death;
And let the labouring bark climb hills of seas
Olympus high, and duck again as low
As hell's i from heaven! If 8 it were now to die,
"Twere now to be most happy; for, I fear,
My soul hath her content so absolute,
That not another comfort like to this
Succeeds in unknown fate.

Def. The heavens forbid,
But that our loves and comforts Thould encrease,
Even as our days do grow!

Oth, Amen to that, sweet powers !
I cannot speak enough of this content,
It stops me here: it is too inuch of joy,
And this, and this, the greatest discords be
That e'er our hearts shall make!

[Kiffing ber.

d P. and H. omit 0.
« The qu's, calesonedje.
( The 2d g, for far frame

& So the qu's, fu's and C; P. akers ir to 1; followed by the rest,

h The rit q. pour •
i The qu's, difcordo


lago. O you are well-tun'd now;
But I'll k let down the pegs that make this music,
As honeft as I am.

Oth. Come, let us to the castle.
News, friends, our wars are done, the Turks are drown'd.
How m do our old acquaintance of this ifle ?
Honey, you shall be well desir'd in Cyprus,
I have found great love amongst them. O my sweet,
I prattle out of fashion, and I dote
In mine own P comforts. 9 I pr’ythee, good lago,
Go to the bay, and disembark my coffers:
Bring thou the master to the citadel,
He is a good one, and his worthiness
Does challenge much respect. Come, Desdemona,
Once more well met at Cyprus.

[' Exeunt.


* All before P. fee for kt.

* R. in for of.
· So all before R; he and all after, o The ist g. sbe or ibis.
except C. Now for News,

p So all before P; he and the rest,
m The 2d g. fo's, R. and C. do's my (except C.) comfore
for do our. C. directs this line to be . 4 P. and all after, except C. omit I.
Spoken to Montano only; but the con So the ad q; the ift, Exit ; all the
text seems to few that it is spoken to rest, except C. Excunt Othello and Defa
all Osbello's friends of Cyprus, who are demona only.

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lago, Do thou meet me presently at the 'harbour.-Come hither. If thou be'st valiant; (as they say, base men, being in love, have then a nobility in their natures, more than is native to them) lift me; the lieutenant tonight watches on the Court of Guard. First, I will tell thee this, Desdemona is directly in love with him,

Rod. With him ? why, 'tis not possible.

lago. Lay thy ? finger thus; and let thy soul be instructed, Mark me, with what violence she firft lov'd the Moor, but for bragging, and telling her fantastical lies. b And will she love him ftill for prating? let not thy discreet heart think dit. Her eye must be fed. And what delight shall she have to look on the devil ? When the blood is made dull with the act of sport, there should be, e again to inflame it, and to give fạtiety a fresh appetite, loveliness in favour,

5 So the qu's and ist f; the rest, you ? So the qu's, three ift fo's, J. and for tbou.

C; the reft, fingers. « First q. babour.

a The three last fo's and R. omit u So the qu's and C; the rest, ibi- firfi. tber.

b For, and will fhe love him, the fo's, w R. omits of

R. and C. read, To love bim. * So the qu's; the rest read mus for c The qu's, the foreby. will.

d The ift a. fo for it. y So the 2d g. the fo's, R. P. H. and • The 2d q. the fo's, R. and P. read C; the rest point thus,-ihce, abis Del. A game for again. demona, &c.

The qu's omit to


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