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By no assay of reason; 'tis a pageant,
Duke. Nay, in all confidence, he's not for Rhodes.
Enter a Messenger. Mess. The Ottomites, reverend and gracious, Steering with due course toward the isle of Rhodes, Have there injointed them with an after fleet. i Sen. Ay, so I thought:-How many, as you
s? Mess. Of thirty sail : and now do they re-stem Their backward course, bearing with frank appearance Their purposes toward Cyprus.—Signior Montano, Your trusty and most valiant servitor, With his free duty recommends
6 By no assay of reason ;] Bring it to the test, examine it by reason as we examine metals by the assay, it will be found counterfeit by all trials.
with more facile question--] That is, he may carry it with less dispute, with less opposition.
warlike brace,] Ştate of defence. To arm was called to brace on the armour.
9 To wake, and wage,] To wage here, as in many other places in Shakspeare, signifies to fight, to combat.
And prays you to believe him.
Duke: "f'is certain then for Cyprus.
1 Sen. He's now in Florence.
Enter BRABANTIO, OTHELLO, Iago, RODERIGO,
and Officers. Duke. Valiant Othello, we must straight employ
-you Against the general enemy Ottoman. I did not see you; welcome, gentle signior;
: [To BRABANTIO. We lack'd your counsel and your help to night.
Bra. So did I yours: Good your grace, pardon me; Neither my place, nor aught I heard of business, Hath rais'd me from my bed; nor doth the generał
Take hold on me; for my particular grief
Why, what's the matter?
Dead? - Bras:?!!
Ay, to me;
wish him ---] i.e. recommend, desire him."
Duke. Whoe'er he be, that, in this foul pro
ceeding, Hath thus beguild your daughter of herself, And you of her, the bloody book of law You shall yourself read in the bitter letter, After your own sense; yea, though our proper son Stood in Bra.
Humbly I thank your grace. Here is the man, this Moor; whom now, it seems, Your special mandate, for the state affairs, Hath hither brought. Duke & Sen. We are very sorry for it. Duke. What, in your own part, can you say to this?
[To OTHELLO. Bra. Nothing, but this is so.
Oth. Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors, My very noble and approv'd good masters, That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter, It is most true; true, I have married her; The very head and front of my offending Hath this extent, no more.
Rude am I in my speech, And little bless'd with the set phrase of peace; For since these arms of mine had seven years' pith, Till now some nine moons wasted, they have us’d Their dearest action in the tented field; And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle; And therefore little shall I grace my cause, In speaking for myself: Yet, by your gracious pa
tience, I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver
- Stood in your action.] Were the man exposed to your charge or accusation.
3 The very head and front of my offending -] The main, the whole, unextenuated.
* Their dearest action -].i. e. their most important action.
Of my whole course of love; what drugs, what
A maiden never bold;
To vouch this, is no proof;
i Sen. But, Othello, speak ;-
I do beseech you,
overt test,] Open proofs, external evidence. Of modern seeming,] Weak show of slight appearance.
the Sagittary,] The Sagittary means the sign of the fictitious creature so called, i. e. an animal compounded of man and horse, and armed with a bow and quiver.
Not only take away, but let
but let your sentence Even fall upon my life. ; Duke.
Fetch Desdemona hither. Oth. Ancient, conduct them: you best know the place.
[Exeunt Iago and Attendants. And, till she come, as truly as to heaven I do confess the vices of my blood, So justly to your grave ears I'll present How I did thrive in this fair lady's love, And she in mine.
Duke. Say it, Othello.
Oth. Her father lov’d me; oft invited me; Still question'd me the story of my life, From year to year; the battles, sieges, fortunes, That I have pass'd. I ran it through, even from my boyish days, To the very moment that he bade me tell it. Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances, Of moving accidents, by flood and field; Of hair-breadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach; Of being taken by the insolent foe, And sold to slavery'; of my redemption thence, And portance in my travel's history: Wherein of antreso vast, and desarts idle, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch
heaven, It was my hint to speak, such was the process ; And of the Cannibals that each other eat, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders. These things to
8 And portance] And behaviour.
antres-] Caves and dens.
beneath their shoulders,] Of these men there is an account in the interpolated travels of Mandeville, a book of that VOL, IX.