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Duke of Venice. Brabantio, a senator. Two other Senators. Gratiano, brother to Brabantio. Lodovico, kinsman to Brabantio. Othello, the Moor: Cassio, his lieutenant ; Iago, his ancient. Roderico, a Venetian gentleman. Montano, Othello's predecessor in the government of - Cyprus. Clown, servant to Othello. Herald.

Desdemona, daughter to Brabantio, and wife to Othello,
Emilia, wife to Iago.
Bianca, a courtezan, mistress to Cassio.

Officers, Gentlemen, Messengers, Musicians, Sailors, - Attendants, &c.

Sces E, for the first Act, in Venice; during the rest of the play, at a sea-port in Cyprus.


SCENE I. Venice. A Street.

Enter Ro DERIGo and IAGo. - Roderigo. Tush, never tell me, I take it much unkindly, That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse, As if the strings were thine,—should'st know of this. Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me — If ever I did dream of such a matter, Abhor me. Rod. Thou told'st me, thou didst hold him in thy hate. Iago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the city, In personal suit to make me his lieutenant, Oft capp'd to him;-and, by the faith of man, I know my price, I am worth no worse a place: But he, as loving his own pride and purposes, Evades them, with a bombast circumstance,” Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war; • And, in conclusion, nonsuits My mediators; for, certes,” says he, e

'Saluted. • Circumlocution. 3 Certainly

I have already chose my officer.
And what was he

Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,

A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife; *
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 mere prattle, without practice,
Is all his soldiership. But, he, sir, had the election:
And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof,
At Rhodes, at Cyprus; and on other grounds
Christian and heathen, must be be-lee'd and calm'd
By debitor and creditor, this counter-caster;7
He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,
And I, (God bless the mark!) his Moorship's ancient.
Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his
Iago. But there's no remedy, 'tis the curse of
Preferment goes by letter, and affection,
Not by the old gradation, where each second
Stood heir to the first. Now, sir, be judge yourself,
Whether I in any just term am affin'd.”
To love the Moor.
- Rod. I would not follow him then.

4. For wife some read life, supposing it to allude to the denunciation in the Gospel, wo unto you when all men shall speak well of you• * Theory. * Rulers of the state. , 7 It was anciently the practice to reckon up sums with counters. * Related.

Iago. O, sir, content you; I follow him to serve my turn upon him; We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly follow'd. You shall mark Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave, That, doting on his own obsequious bondage, Wears out his time, much like his master's ass, For nought but provender; and, when he's old,

cashier'd; Whip me such honest knaves: Others there are, Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty, Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves; And, throwing but shows of service on their lords, Do well thrive by them, and, when they have lin'd their coats,

Do themselves homage: these fellows have some soul;
And such a one do I profess myself.
For, sir,
It is as sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago:
In following him, I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end :
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern,” 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

Rod. What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe," If he can carry't thus !

Iago. Call up her father,

9 Outward show of civility. * Own, possess.

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