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Let loose on me the justice of the state

Are you fast married ? for, be sure of this,For thus deluding you.

That the magnifico is much beloved ; Bra.

Strike on the tinder, ho! And hath, in his effect, a voice potential Give me a taper ;-call up all my people :

As double as the duke's; he will divorce you ; This accident is not unlike my dream;

Or put upon you what restraint and grievance Belief of it oppresses me already :

The law (with all his might, to enforce it on,) Light, I say I light!

[Exit, from above. Will give him cable. lago. Farewell; for I must leave you : Oth.

Let him do his spite : It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place, My services, which I have done the signiory, To be produc'd (as, if I stay, 1 shall,)

Shall out-tongue his complaints. 'Tis yet to know, Against the Moor: For, I do know, the state, (Which, when I know that boasting is an honour, However this may gall him with some check, I shall promulgate,) I fetch my life and being Cannot with safety cast him ; for he's embark'd From men of royal siege ; and my demerits With such loud reason to the Cyprus' wars, May speak, unbonneted, to as proud a fortune (Which even now stand in act,) that, for their souls, As this that I have reach'd: For know, lago, Another of his fathom they have not,

But that I love the gentle Desdemona, To lead their business: in which regard,

I would not my unboused free condition Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,

Put into circumscription and confine Yet, for necessity of present life,

For the sea's worth. But, look! what lights come I must show out a flag and sign of love,

yonder? Which is indeed but sign. That you shall surely find him,

Enter Cassio, at a distance, and certain Officen Lead to the Sagittary the rais'd search;

with torches. And there will I be with him. So, farewell. [Erit.

Iago. These are the raised father, and his friends : Enter, below, BRABANTIo, and Servants with torches. You were best go in.


Not I: I must be found; Bra. It is too true an evil: gone she is

My parts, my title, and my perfect soul, And what's to come of my despised time,

Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they ? Is nought but bitterness.- Now, Roderigo,

layo. By Janus, I think no. Where didst thou see her?-0, unhappy girl!With the Moor, say'st thou -Who would be a The goodness of the night upon you, friends!

Oih. The servants of the duke, and my lieutenant father?

(me What is the news ? How didst thou know 'twas she 2-0, thou deceiv'st


The duke does greet you, general; Past thought!-What said she to you ?-Get more And he requires your baste-post-baste appearance, tapers ;

Even on the instant. Raise all my kindred.- Are they married think you?


What is the matter, think you ! Rod. Truly, I think, they are. Bra. O heaven !-How' got she out!-o trea- It is a business of some heat: the gallies

Cas. Something from Cyprus, as I may divine ; son of the blood !

Have sent a dozen sequent messengers
Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds This very night, at one another's heels;
By what you see them act.-Are there not charms, And many of the consuls, rais’d, and met,
By which the property of youth and maidhood
May be abus'd? Have you not read, Roderigo,

Are at the duke's already: You have been hotly

call'd for; Of some such thing ?

When, being not at your lodging to be found, Rod.

Yes, sir; I have indeed. Bra. Call up my brother.-0,' that you had had The senate hath sent about three several quests,

To search you out. her!


'Tis well I am found by you. Some one way, some another.—Do you know Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?

I will but spend a word here in the house,
And go with you.

Erit. Rod. I think, I can discover him; if you please


Ancient, what makes he here? To get good guard, and go along with me.

Iago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land Bra. Pray you, lead on. At every house I'll call;

carack ; I may command at most ;-Get weapons, ho !

If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever. And raise some special officers of night.

Cas. I do not understand. On, good Roderigo ;-I'll deserve your pains.


He's married ?

To who? SCENE II. - The same. Another Street

Re-enter OTHELLO. Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Attendants. Iago. Marry, to-Come, captain, will you go?


Have with you. lago. Though in the trade of war I have slain men, Yet do I hold it very stuff o'the conscience,

Cas. Here comes another troop to seek for you. To do no contriv'd murder; I lack iniquity

Enter BRABANTIO, RODERIGO, and Officers of righi, Sometimes, to do me service: Nine or ten times

with torches and weapons. I had thought to have yerk'd him here under the ribs.

Iago. It is Brabantio :--general, be advis'd; Oth. 'Tis better as it is.

He comes to bad intent. lago. Nay, but he prated, Oth.

Hola! stand there! And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms

Rod. Signior, it is the Moor. Against your honour,


Down with him, thief Tnat, with the little godliness I have,

| They draw on both sides, did full hard forbear him. But, I pray, sir, lago. You, Roderigo ! come, sir, I am for you.


Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew Duke.

Now? the business? will rust them.

Sail, The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes; Good signior, you shall more command with years, So was I bid report here to the state, Than with your weapons.

By signior Angelo. Bra. O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow'd Duke. How say you by this change? my daughter ?

1 Sen.

This cannot be,
Damn'd as tbou art, thou hast enchanted her : By no assay of reason; 'tis a pageant,
For I'll refer me to all things of sense,

To keep us in false gaze: When we consider
If she in chains of magick were not bound, The importancy of Cyprus to the Turk;
Whether a maid--so tender, fair, and happy; And let ourselves again but understand,
So opposite to marriage, that she shunn'd

That, as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes, The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,

So may he with more facile question bear it, Would ever have, to incur a general mock,

For that it stands not in such warlike brace, Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom But altogether lacks the abilities Of such a thing as thou: to fear, not to delight. That Rhodes is dress'd in: if we make thought of Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sense,

this, That thou bast practis'd on her with foul charms; We must not think, the Turk is so unskilful, Abus'd her delicate youth with drugs, or minerals, To leave that latest which confirms him first; That waken motion : --I'll have it disputed on Neglecting an attempt of ease, and gain, "l'is probable, and palpable to thinking.

To wake, and wage, a danger profitless. I therefore apprehend and do attach thee,

Duke. Nay, in all confidence, he's not for Rhodes. For an abuser of the world, a practiser

Off. Here is more news.
Of arts inhibited and out of warrant:--
Lay hold upon him; if he do resist,

Enter a Messenger.
Subdue him at his peril.

Mess. The Ottomites, reverend and gracious, Oth.

Hold your hands, Steering with due course toward the isle of Rhodes, Both you of my inclining, and the rest :

Have there injointed them with an after fleet. Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it 1 Sen. Ay, so I thought :-How many, as you Without a prompter.—Where will you that I go

guess ? To answer this your charge ?

Mess. Of thirty sail : and now do they re-stem Bra,

To prison : till fit time Their backward course, bearing with frank appearOf law, and course of direct session, Call thee to answer.

Their purposes towards Cyprus.--Signior Montano, Oth, What if I do obey ?

Your trusty and most valiant servitor,
How may the duke be therewith satisfied;

With his free duty, recommends you thus,
Whose messengers are here about my side, And prays you to believe him.
Upon some present business of the state,

Duke.''Tis certain then for Cyprus.
To bring me to him.

Marcus Lucchese, is he not in town? Off:

'Tis true, most worthy signior, 1 Sen. He's now in Florence. The duke's in council; and your noble self,

Duke. Write from us : wish him post-post-baste : I am sure, is sent for.

despatch. Bra.

How! the duke in council ! I Sen. Here comes Brabantio, and the valiant In this time of the night !-Bring him away:

Mine's not an idle cause : the duke himself,
Or any of my brothers of the state,

Enter Brabantio, Othello, lago, RODERIGO, Cannot but feel this wrong, as 'twere their own :

and Officers. For if such actions may have passage free,

Duke. Valiant Othello, we must straight employ Bond-slaves, and pagans, shall our statesmen be.

(Eseunt. Against the general enemy Ottoman.

I did not see you; welcome, gentle signior
SCENE III.—The same. A Council-Chamber.


We lack'd your counsel and your help to-night. The Duke, and Senators, sitting at a table ; Officers Bra. So did I yours : Good your grace, pardon me; attending.

Neither my place, nor aught I heard of business, Duke. There is no composition in these news, Hath rais'd me from my bed; nor doth the general That gives them credit. 1 Sen.

Indeed, they are disproportion'd; Take hold on me; for my particular grief My letters say, a hundred and seven gallies. Is of so flood-gate and o'erbearing nature, Duke. And mine, a hundred and forty.

That it engluts and swallows other sorrows, 2 Sen.

And mine, two hundred: And it is still itself. But though they jump not on a just account,


Why, what's the matter ? (As in these cases, where the aim reports,

Bra. My daughter! O, my daughter! 'Tis oft with difference,) yet do they all confirm Sen.

Dead ? A Turkish feet, and bearing up to Cyprus.


Ay, to mo Duke. Nay, it is possible enongh to judgment; She is abus'd, stol’n from me, and corrupted I do not so secure me in the error,

By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks : But the main article I do approve

For nature so preposterously to err, In fearful sense.

Being not deficient, blind, or line of sense, Sailor. [Within.) What ho! what ho! what ho! Sans witchcraft could not

ling, Duke. Whoe'er he be, that, in this foul proceed. Enter an Officer, with a Sailor.

Hath thus beguild your daughter of hej seli, Of. A messenger from the gallies.

And you of her, the bloody book of law


You shall yourself read in the bitter letter, From year to year; the battles, sieges, fortunes,
After your own sense; yea, though our proper son That I have pass'd.
Stood in your action.

I ran it through, even from my boyish days,

Humbly I thank your grace. To the very moment that he bade me tell it. Here is the man, this Moor; whom now, it seems, Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances, Your special mandate, for the state affairs,

of moving accidents, by flood and field; Hath hither bronght.

Of hair-breadth scapes i'the imminent deadly breach; Duke & Sen. We are very sorry for it. Of being taken by the insolent foe, Duke. What, in your own part, can you say to And sold to slavery; of my redemption thence, this?

( To OTHELLO. And portance in my travel's history Bra. Nothing, but this is so.

Wberein of antres vast, and desarts idle, Oth. Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touck My very noble and approv'd good masters,

heaven, That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter, It was my hint to speak, such was the process; It is most true; true, I have married her;

And of the Cannibals that each other eat, The very head and front of my offending

The Anthropopbagi, and men whose heads Hath this extent, no more. Rude am I in my speech Do grow beneath their shoulders. These things to And little bless'd with the set phrase of peace;

hear, For since these arins of mine had seven years' pith, Would Desdemona seriously incline: Till now some nine moons wasted, they have us'd But still the house affairs would draw her thenie Their dearest action in the tented field;

Which ever as she could with haste despatch, And little of this great world can I speak,

She'd come again, and with a greedy ear More than pertains to feats of broil and battle ; Devour up my discourse: Which I observing, And therefore little shall I grace my cause,

Took once a pliant hour, and found good means In speaking for myself: Yet, by your gracious pa- To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart, tience,

That I would all my pilgrimage dilate, I will a round unvarnisa'd tale deliver

Whereof by parcels she had something heard, Of my whole course of love; what drugs, what But not intentively: I did consent; charms,

And often did beguile her of her tears, What conjuration, and what mighty magick, When I did speak of some distressful stroke, (For such proceeding I am charg'd withal,) That my youth suffer’d. My story being done, I won his daughter with.

She gave me for my paids a world of sighs : Bra.

A maiden never bold; She swore,- In faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing Of spirit so still and quiet, that her motion,

strange; Blush'd at herself; And she,-in spite of nature, 'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful : Of years, of country, credit, every thing,

She wish'd, she had not heard it; yet she wish'd To fall in love with what she fear'd to look on ? That heaven had made her such a man; she thank'd It is a judgment maim'd, and most imperfect,

me; That will confess-perfection so could err

And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, Against all rules of nature; and must be driven I should but teach him how to tell my story, To find out practices of cunning hell,

And that would woo her. Upon this hint, I spake; Why this should be. I therefore vouch again, She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd; That with some mixtures powerful o'er the blood, and I lov'd her, that she did pity them. Or with some dram conjur'd to this effect,

This only is the witchcraft I have us d; He wrought upon her.

Here comes the lady, let her witness it. Duke.

To vouch this, is no proof; Without more certain and more overt test,

Enter DesdemONA, Iago, and Attendants. Than these thin habits, and poor likelihoods

Duke. I think, this tale would win my daughter Of modern seeming, do prefer against him.

too. I Sen. But, Othello, speak;

Good Brabantio,
Did you by indirect and forced courses

Take up this mangled matter at the best :
Subdue and poison this young maid's affections ? Men do their broken weapons rather use,
Or came it by request, and such fair question Than their bare hands.
As soul to soul affordeth ?


I pray you, hear her speak; Oth. I do beseech you,

If she confess, that she was half the wooer, Send for the lady to the Sagittary,

Destruction on my head, if my bad blame And let her speak of me before her father :

Light on the man? -Come hither, gentle mistress; If you do find me foul in her report,

Do you perceive in all this noble company The trust, the office, I do hold of you,

Where most you owe obedience ? Not only take away, but let your sentence


My noble father, Even fall upon my life

I do perceive here a divided duty: Duke.

Fetch Desdemona hither. To you, I am bound for life, and education ; Oth. Ancient, conduct them : you best know the My life, and education, both do learn me

place. (Exeunt Iago and Attendants. How to respect you; you are the lord of duty, And, till she come, as truly as to heaven

I am hitherto your daughter: But here's my husI do confess the vices of my biood,

band; So justly to your grave ears I'll present

And so inuch duty as my mother show'd How I did thrive in this fair lady's love,

To you, preferring you before her father, And she in mine.

So inuch I challenge what I may profess Duke. Say it, Othel.o.

Due to the Moor, my lord. Oth. Her father lov'd me; oft invited me;

Bra. God be with you ! ! have done :-Still question'd me the story of my life,

Please it your grace, on to the state affarrs;


I bad rather to adopt a child, than get it.

And I a heavy interim shall support Come hither, Moor:


his dear absence :-Let me go with him. I here do give thee that with all my heart,

Oth. Your voices, lords :-'beseech you, let her will Which, but thou hast already, with all my heart

Have a free way. I would keep from thee.-For your sake, jewel, Vouch with me, heaven; I therefore beg it not, I am glad at soul I have no other child;

To please the palate of my appetite; For thy escape would teach me tyranny,

Nor to comply with heat, the young affects, To hang clogs on them. I have done, my lord. In my distinct and proper satisfaction; Duke. Let me speak like yourself; 'and lay a But to be free and bounteous to her mind : sentence,

And heaven defend your good souls, that you think Which, as a grise, or step, may help these lovers I will your serious and great business scant, Into your favour.

For she is with me: No, when light-wing'd toys When remedies are past, the griefs are ended, Of feather'd Cupid steel with wanton dulness By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended. My speculative and active instruments, To mourn a mischief that is past and gone, That my disports corrupt and taint my business, Is the next way to draw new mischief on.

Let housewives make a skillet of my helm, What cannot be preserv'd when fortune takes, And all indign and base adversities Patience her injury a mockery makes.

Make head against my estimation! The robb’d, that smiles, steals something from the Duke. Be it as you shall privately determine,

Either for her stay, or going : the affair cries—haste, He robs himself, that spends a bootless grief. And speed must answer it; you must hence to-night.

Bra. So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile; Des. To-night, my lord ? We lose it not, so long as we can smile.


This night. He bears the sentence well, that nothing bears


With all my heart. But the free comfort which froin thence he hears : Duke. At nine i’the morning here we'll meet But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow,

again. That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow. Othello, leave some officer behind, These sentences, to sugar, or to gall,

And he shall our commission bring to you; Being strong on both sides, are equivocal :

With such things else of quality and respect, But words are words; I never yet did hear,

As doth import you. That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the ear. Oth.

Please your grace, my ancient; 1 humbly beseech you, proceed to the affairs of state. A man he is of honesty, and trust :

Duke. The Turk with a most mighty preparation To his conveyance I assign my wife, makes for Cyprus:--Othello, the fortitude of the With what else needful your good grace shall think place is best known to you :-And though we have To be sent after me. there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency, yet Duke.

Let it be so.opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects, throws a Good night to every one.-And, noble signior, more safer voice on you : you must therefore be con

(To BRABANTIO. tent to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with If virtue no delighted beauty lack, this inore stubborn and boisterous expedition. Your son-in-law is far more fair than black. Oth. The tyrant custom, most grave senators,

1 Sen. Adieu, brave Moor! use Desdemona well. Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war

Bra. Look to her, Moor; have a quick eye to see; My thrice-driven bed of down: I do agnize She has deceiv'd her father, and may thee. A natural and prompt alacrity,

(Exeunt Duke, Senators, Officers, &c. I find in hardness; and do undertake

Oth. My life upon her faith.-Honest Iago, These present wars against the Ottomites.

My Desdemona must I leave to thee; Most humbly therefore bending to your state, I pr’ythee, let thy wife attend on her; I crave fit disposition for my wife;

And bring them after in the best advantage. Due reference of place, and exhibition ;

Come, Desdemona, I have but an hour With such accommodation, and besort,

Of love, of worldly matters and direction,
As levels with her breeding.

To spend with thee: we must obey the time.
If you please,

(Exeunt OTHELLO and DESDEMONA Be't at her father's.

Rod. Iago.
I'll not have it so.

lago. What say'st thou, noble heart ? Oth. Nor I.

Rod. What will I do, thinkest thou ? Des.

Nor I; I would not there reside, laya. Why, go to bed, and sleep. To put my father in impatient thoughts,

Rod. I will incontinently drown myself. By being in his eye. Most gracious duke,

lago. Well, if thou dost, I shall never love thee To my unfolding lend a gracious ear;

after it. Why, thou silly gentleman ! And let me find a charter in your voice,

Rod. It is silliness to live, when to live is a tor. To assist my simpleness.

ment: and then have we a prescription to die, when Duke. What would you, Desdemona ?

death is our physician. Des. That I did love the Moor to live with him, Iago. O villainous! I have looked upon the world My downright violence and storm of fortunes for four times seven years ! and since I could disMay trumpet to the world; my heart's subdued tinguish between a benefit and an injury, I never Even to the very quality of my lord :

found a man that knew how to love himself. Ere I I saw Othello's visage in his mind;

would say, I would drown myself for the love of a And to his honours, and his valiant parts,

Guinea-hen, I would change my humanity with a Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate.

baboon. So that, dear lords, if I be left behind,

Rod. What should I do? I confess, it is my A moth of peace, and he go to the war,

shame to be so fond; but it not in virtue to The rights for which I love him, are bereft me,

emend it.

lago. Virtue ? a fig! 'tis in ourselves that we are Will do, as if for surety. He holds me well; thus, or thus. Our bodies are our gardens; to the The better shall my purpose work on him. which, our wills are gardeners : so that if we will Cassio's a proper man: 'Let me see now; blant nettles, or sow lettuce; set hyssop, and weed To get his place, and to plume up my will; up thyme; supply it with one gender of herbs, or A double knavery,-How? how?- Let me see :distract it with many; either to have it steril with After some time, to ahuse Othello's ear, idleness, or manured with industry; why, the power That he is too familiar with his wife :and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills. If He bath a person, and a smooth dispose, the balance of our lives had not one scale of reason To be suspected; fram'd to make women false. to poise another of sensuality, the blood and base- The Moor is of a free and open nature, ness of our natures would conduct us to most pre- That thinks men honest, that but seem to be so ; pusterous conclusions: But we have reason to cool And will as tenderly be led by the nose, our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted As asses are. lusts ; whereof I take this, that you call-love, to I have't;-—it is engender'd :-Hell and night be a sect or scion.

Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light Rod. It cannot be.

[Esit Iago. It is merely a lust of the blood, and a permission of the will. Come, be a man: Drown thyself? drown cats and blind puppies. I have professed me thy friend, and I confess me knit to thy

ACT II. deserving with cables of perdurable toughness; I could never better stead thee than now. Put money in thy purse ; follow these wars; defeat thy favour

SCENE I.-A Sea-port Town in Cyprus. A with an usurped beard; I say, put money in thy

Platform purse. It cannot be, that Desdemona should long Enter MONTANO and Two Gentlemen, continue her love to the Moor,-put money in thy Mon. What from the cape can you discern at sea? purse ;-nor he his to her: it was a violent com. 1 Gent. Nothing at all : it is a high-wrought flood; inencement, and thou shalt see an answerable se- I cannot, 'twixt the heaven and the main, questration ;--put but money in thy purse.—These Descry a sail. Moors are changeable in their wills; -fill thy purse Mon. Methinks, the wind hath spoke aloud at land; with money; the food that to him now is as luscious A fuller blast ne'er shook our battlements : as locusts, shall be to him shortly as bitter as colo- If it hath ruffian'd so upon the sea, quintida. She must change for youth: when she What ribs of oak, when mountains melt on them, is sated with his body, she will find the error of her can hold the mortise ? what shall we hear of this? choice. --She must have change, she must: there- 2 Gent. A segregation of the Turkish feet: fore put money in thy purse. If thou wilt needs for do but stand upon the foaming shore, damn thyself, do it a more delicate way than drown- The chiding billow seems to pelt the clouds; ing. Make all the money thou canst: If sancti The wind-shak'd surge, with high and monstrous mony and a frail vow, betwixt an erring barbarian

main, and a supersubtle Venetian, be not too hard for my Seems to cast water on the burning bear, wits, and all the tribe of hell

, thou shalt enjoy her; And quench the guards of the ever-fixed pole: therefore make money. A pox of drowning thy- I never did like molestation view self! it is clean out of the way: seek thou rather to On th' enchafed flood. be hanged in compassing thy joy, than to be drowned Mon.

If that the Turkish fleet and go without her.

Be not inshelter'd and embay'd, they are drown'd; Rod. Wilt thou be fast to my hopes, if I depend It is impossible they bear it out. on the issue ? Iago. Thou art sure of me;-Go, make money :

Enter a Third Gentlemen. I have told thee often, and I re-tell thee again and 3 Gent. News, lord ! our wars are done; again, I hate the Moor: My cause is hearted; thine The desperate tempest hath so bang'd the Turks, nath no less reason: Let us be conjunctive in our That their designment halts: A noble ship of Venice revenge against him: if thou canst cuckold him, Hath seen a grievous wreck and sufferance thou dost thyself a pleasure, and me a sport. There On most part of their feet. are many events in the womb of time, which will be Mon.

How! is this true ? delivered. Traverse ; go; provide thy money. 3 Gent. The ship is here put in, We will have more of this to-morrow. Adieu. A Veronese; Michael Cassio,

Rod. Where shall we meet i'the morning ? Lieutenant to the warlike Moor, Othello, lago. At my lodging.

Is come on shore : the Moor himself's at sea, Rod. I'll be with thee betimes.

And is in full commission here for Cyprus. lago. Go to; farewell. Do you hear, Roderigo ? Mon. I am glad on't ; 'tis a worthy governor. Rod. What say you ?

3 Gent. But this same Cassio, -though he speak lago. No more of drowning, do you hear.

of comfort, Rod. I am changed. I'll sell all my land. Touching the Turkish loss,-yet he looks sadly, lago. Go to; farewell! put money enough in and prays the Moor be safe ; for they were parted your purse.

(Exit RODERIGO. With foul and violent tempest. Thus do I ever make my fool my purse ;


'Pray heaven be be; For 1 mine own gain'd knowledge should profane, For I have serv'd him, and the man commands If I would time expend with such a snipe,

Like a full soldier. Let's to the sea-side, ho! But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor; As well to see the vessel that's come in, And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets As to throw out our eyes for brave Othello; He has done my office : I know not irt be true ; Even till we make the main, and the aerial blue. But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,

An indistinct regard.

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