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But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow,
That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow.
These sentences, to sugar or to gall,
Being strong on both sides, are equivocal.
But words are words : I never yet did hear
That the bruised heart was piercéd through the

ear.I humbly beseech you, proceed to the affairs of

state. Duke. The Turk with a most mighty preparation makes for Cyprus :-Othello, the fortitude of the place is best known to you: and though we have there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer voice on you :-you must therefore be content to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with this more stubborn and boisterous expedition.

Oth. The tyrant custom, most grave senators, Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war My thrice-driven bed of down. I do agnize A natural and prompt alacrity I find in hardness; and do undertake These present wars against the Ottomites. Most humbly therefore bending to your state, I crave fit disposition for my wife ;. Due reference of place, and exhibition ; With such accommodation and besort As levels with her breeding.

Duke. If you please,
Be 't at her father's

Bra. I will not have it so.
Oth. Nor I.

Des. Nor I. I would not there reside,
To put my father in impatient thoughts,
By being in his eye.—Most gracious Duke,
To my unfolding lend a gracious ear;
And let me find a charter in your voice,
To assist my simpleness.

Duke. What would you, Desdemona ?
Des. That I did love the Moor to live with

him,
My downright violence and storm of fortunes
May trumpet to the world. My heart 's subdued
Even to the very quality of my lord :
I saw Othello's visage in his mind;
And to his honours and his valiant parts
Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate.
So that, dear lords, if I be left behind,
A moth of peace, and he go to the war,
The rights for which I love him are bereft me,
And I a heavy interim shall support
By his dear absence. Let me go with him.
Oth. Your voices, lords :—'beseech you, let

her will Have a free way. Vouch with me, heaven, I therefore beg it not

To please the palate of my appetite;
Nor to comply with heat, the young affects,
In my distinct and proper satisfaction ;
But to be free and bounteous to her mind.
And heaven defend your good souls, that you think
I will your serious and great business scant
For she is with me. No; when light-winged toys
Of feathered Cupid seel with wanton dulness
My speculative and active instruments,
That my disports corrupt and taint my business,
Let housewives make a skillet of my helm,
And all indign and base adversities
Make head against my estimation!

Duke. Be it as you shall privately determine, Either for her stay or going. The affair cries haste, And speed must answer it: you must hence to

night.
Des. To-night, my lord ?
Duke. This night.
Oth.

With all my heart.
Duke. At nine i' the morning here we 'll meet

again.
Othello, leave some officer behind,
And he shall our commission bring to you ;
With such things else of quality and respect
As doth import you.

Oth. Please your grace, my ancient :
A man he is of honesty and trust.
To bis conveyance I assign my wife,
With what else needful your good grace shall think
To be sent after me.

Duke. Let it be so. Good night to every one. And, noble signior,

To BRABANTIO. If virtue no delighted beauty lack, Your son-in-law is far more fair than black. 1st Sen. Adieu,' brave Moor: use Desdemona

well. Bra. Look to her, Moor; have a quick eye to see: She has deceived her father, and may thee.

[Exeunt Duke, Senators, Officers, 8e. Oth. My life upon her faith. Honest lago, My Desdemona must I leave to thee; I pr'y thee let thy wife attend on her; And bring them after in the best advantage.Come, Desdemona; I have but an hour Of love, of worldly matters and direction, To spend with thee: we must obey the time.

[Exeunt Othello and DESDEMONA. Rod. Iago. lago. What say'st thou, noble heart? Rod. What will I do, think'st thou? lago. Why, go to bed and sleep. Rod. I will incontinently drown myself.

Iago. Well, if thou dost, I shall never love thee after it. Why, thou silly gentleman !

Rod. It is silliness to live when to live is a

torment: and then have we a prescription to all the money thou canst. If sanctimony and die, when death is our physician,

a frail vow, betwixt an erring barbarian and a Iago. O villanous! I have looked upon the supersubtle Venetian, be not too hard for my world for four times seven years; and since I wits and all the tribe of hell, thou shalt enjoy could distinguish between a benefit and an injury, her : therefore make money. A pox of drowning I never found a man that know how to love thyself! it is clean out of the way: seek thou himself. Ere I would say I would drown my rather to be hanged in compassing thy joy, than self for the love of a Guinea-hen, I would to be drowned and go without her. change my humanity with a baboon.

Rod. Wilt thou be fast to my hopes, if I Rod. What should I do? I confess it is my depend on the issue ? shame to be so fond; but it is not in virtue to lago. Thou art sure of me.-Go, make money. amend it.

- I have told thee often, and I re-tell thee again Iago. Virtue ? a fig!—'tis in ourselves that and again, I hate the Moor. My cause is hearted; we are thus or thus, Our bodies are our thine hath no less reason. Let us be conjunctive gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners: in our revenge against him: if thou canst cuckold so that if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce; him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, and me a sport. set hyssop, and weed up thyme; supply it with There are many events in the womb of time, one gender of herbs, or distract it with many; which will be delivered. Traverse; go; provide either to have it steril with idleness, or manured thy money. We will have more of this to-morrow. with industry,—why, the power and corrigible Adieu. authority of this lies in our wills. If the balance Rod. Where shall we meet i' the morning? of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise Iago. At my lodging. another of sensuality, the blood and baseness of Rod. I'll be with thee betimes. our natures would conduct us to most prepos Iago. Go to; farewell. Do you hear, Roderigo? terous conclusions.--But we have reason to cool Rod. What say you? our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lago. No more of drowning, do you hear. lu its; whereof I take this that you call love, to Rod. I am changed. I'll sell all my land. be a sect or scion.

Iago. Go to; farewell: put money enough in Rod. It cannot be.

your purse. [Exit RODERIGO. Iago. It is merely a lust of the blood and a Thus do I ever make my fool my purse: permission of the will. Come, be a man. Drown For, mine own gainéd knowledge should profane, thyself! drown cats and blind puppies. I have If I would time expend with such a snipe, professed me thy friend, and I confess me knit to But for my sport and profit.— I hate the Moor; thy deserving with cables of perdurable tough And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets ness. I could never better stead thee than now. He has done my office : I know not if 't be true; Put money in thy purse: follow these wars; | But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, defeat thy favour with an usurped beard : I Will do as if for surety. He holds me well; say, put money in thy purse. It cannot be The better shall my purpose work on him.that Desdemona should long continue her love | Cassio 's a proper man. Let me see now: to the Moor ;-put money in thy purse ;-nor To get his place, and to plume up my will : he his to her: it was a violent commencement, A double knavery:-how; how? Let me see:and thou shalt see an answerable sequestration; | After some time, to abuse Othello's ear -put but money in thy purse. These Moors That he is too familiar with his wife :are changeable in their wills ;—fill thy purse He hath a person and a smooth dispose with money :-the food that to him now is as To be suspected; framed to make women false. luscious as locusts, shall be to him shortly as | The Moor is of a free and open nature, bitter as coloquintida. She must change for That thinks men honest that but seem to be so; youth: when she is sated with his body, she And will as tenderly be led by th' nose will find the error of her choice. She must As asses are.have change, she must: therefore put money in I have't. It is engendered.--Hell and night thy purse.--If thou wilt needs damn thyself, do Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's it a more delicate way than drowning. Make |

light.

[Exit.

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Scene I.- A Sea-port Town in Cyprus. A Plat- | And quench the guards of th' ever-fixéd pole : form.

I never did like molestation view

On the enchaféd flood. Enter Montano and Two Gentlemen.

Mon. If that the Turkish fleet Mon. What from the cape can you discern at sea ? | Be not ensheltered and embayed, they are 1st Gent. Nothing at all; it is a high-wrought

drowned :
flood:

It is impossible they bear it out.
I cannot 'twixt the heaven and the main
Descry a sail.

Enter a Third Gentleman. Mon. Methinks the wind hath spoke aloud at 3rd Gent. News, lords! our wars are done: land;

The desperate tempest hath go banged the Turks, A fuller blast ne'er shook our battlements : That their designment halts. A noble ship of If it hath ruffianed so upon the sea,

Venice What ribs of oak, when mountains melt on them, | Hath seen a grievous wreck and sufferance Can hold the mortise? What shall we hear of this? | On most part of their fleet.

2nd Gent. A segregation of the Turkish fleet : Mon. How! is this true? For do but stand upon the foaming shore,

3rd Gent. The ship is here put in, The chiding billow seems to pelt the clouds ; | A Veronessa.- Michael Cassio, The wind-shaked surge, with high and monstrous Lieutenant to the warlike Moor, Othello, mane,

Is come on shore: the Moor himself 's at sea, Seems to cast water on the burning bear, And is in full commission here for Cyprus.

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Mon. I am glad on 't: 't is a worthy governor. Mon. What is she? 3rd Gent. But this same Cassio, though he Cas. She that I spake of, our great captain's speak of comfort

captain, Touching the Turkish loss, yet he looks sadly, Left in the conduct of the bold Iago; And prays the Moor be safe; for they were parted Whose footing here anticipates our thoughts With foul and violent tempest.

A se'nnight's speed.-Great Jove, Othello guard, Mon. 'Pray heaven he be;

And swell his sail with thine own powerful breath; For I have served him, and the man commands That he may bless this bay with his tall ship, Like a full soldier. Let 's to the sea-side, ho! Make love's quick pants in Desdemona's arms, As well to see the vessel that's come in,

Give renewed fire to our extincted spirits, As throw out our eyes for brave Othello,

And bring all Cyprus comfort!—0, behold, Even till we make the main and the aerial blue An indistinct regard.

Enter Desdemona, Emilia, Iago, RODERIGO, 3rd Gent. Come, let's do so :

and Attendants. For every minute is expectancy

The riches of the ship is come on shore ! Of more arrivance.

Ye men of Cyprus, let her have your knees :Enter Cassio.

Hail to thee, lady! and the grace of heaven,

Before, behind thee, and on every hand, Cas. Thanks to the valiant of this warlike isle,

Enwheel thee round! That so approve the Moor. O, let the heavens

Des. I thank you, valiant Cassio. Give him defence against the elements,

What tidings can you tell me of my lord ? For I have lost him on a dangerous sea.

Cas. He is not yet arrived ; nor know I aught Mon. Is he well shipped ?

But that he's well, and will be shortly here. Cas. His bark is stoutly timbered, and his pilot

Des. O, but I fear-How lost you company? Of very expert and approved allowance:

Cas. The great contention of the sea and skies Therefore my hopes, not surfeited to death,

Parted our fellowship. But hark! a sail. Stand in bold cure.

[Cry within, A sail, a sail!" Then guns heard. [Within.] A sail, a sail, a sail !

2nd Gent. They give their greeting to the citadel: Enter another Gentleman.

This likewise is a friend.

Cas. See for the news. [Exit Gentleman. Cas. What noise ? 4th Gent. The town is empty; on the brow o'

Good ancient, you are welcome :--Welcome, mistress :

[ To Emilia. the sea Stand ranks of people, and they cry, “A sail.”

Let it not gall your patience, good Iago, Cas. My hopes do shape him for the governor.

That I extend my manners : 't is my breeding

That gives me this bold show of courtesy. 2nd Gent. They do discharge their shots of

[Kissing her. courtesy :

(Guns heard.

Iago. Sir, would she give you so much of her lips Our friends, at least.

As of her tongue she oft bestows on me, Cas. I pray you, sir, go forth,

You'd have enough. And give us truth who 't is that is arrived.

Des.

[Exit. 2nd Gent. I shall.

Alas, she has no speech.

lago. In faith, too much: Mon. But,good lieutenant,is your general wived? Cas. Most fortunately: he hath achieved a maid

I find it still when I have list to sleep : That paragons description and wild fame :

Marry, before your ladyship, I grant

She puts her tongue a little in her heart, One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens,

And chides with thinking. And in the essential vesture of creation

Emil. You have little cause to say so. Does bear all excellency:-How now; who has put in?

Iago. Come on, come on: you are pictures

out of doors; Re-enter Second Gentleman.

Bells in your parlours, wild cats in your kitchens; 2nd Gent. "Tis one Iago, ancient to the general. | Saints in your injuries; devils, being offended; Cas. He has had most favourable and happyspeed: Players in your housewifery, and housewives in Tempests themselves, high seas and howling winds,

your beds. The guttered rocks and congregated sands Des. O, fie upon thee, slanderer! (Traitors ensteeped to clog the guiltless keel), Iago. Nay it is true, or else I am a Turk: As having sense of beauty, do omit

You rise to play, and go to bed to work. Their mortal natures, letting go safely by

Emil. You shall not write my praise. The divine Desdemona.

Jago. No, let me not.

Des. What wouldst thou write of me, if thou | The thing I am by seeming otherwise.shouldst praise me?

Come, how wouldst thou praise me? Iago. O, gentle lady, do not put me to 't; Iago. I am about it; but indeed my invention For I am nothing if not critical.

Comes from my pate as birdlime does from frieze, Des. Come on, assay.—There's one gone to It plucks out brains and all: but my muse labours, the harbour ?

And thus she is delivered :Iago. Ay, madam.

If she be fair and wise,-fairness and wit, Des. I am not merry; but I do beguile The one 's for use; the other useth it.

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Des. Well praised! How if she be black and Des. O heavy ignorance !-thou praisest the witty ?

worst best. But what praise couldst thou bestow Iago. If she be black, and thereto have a wit, on a deserving woman indeed ? one that, in the She'll find a white that shall her blackness fit. authority of her merit, did justly put on the Des. Worse and worse.

vouch of very malice itself? Emil. How if fair and foolish?

Iago. She that was ever fair, and never proud; Iago. She never yet was foolish that was fair: Had tongue at will, and yet was nerer loud; For even her folly helped her to an heir.

Never lacked gold, and yet went never gay; Des. These are old fond paradoxes, to make Fled from her wish, and yet said,—“ Now I fools laugh i’ the alehouse. What miserable

may;" praise hast thou for her that 's foul and foolish? She that, being angered, her revenge being nigh, Iago. There's none so foul, and foolish there Bade her wrong stay, and her displeasure fly; unto,

She that in wisdom never was so frail But does foul pranks, which fair and wise ones do. | To change the cod's head for the salmon's tail;

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