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Ev'n on the instant.
Oth. What is the matter, think


? Caf. Something from Cyprus, as I may divine ; It is a business of some heat. The gallies . Have fent a dozen fequent messengers This very night at one anothers heels: And many of the consuls rais’d and met, Are at the Duke's already. You have been hotly callid 1 When, being not at your lodging to be found, [for, The senate sent above three several quelts, To search you out,

Oth. 'Tis well I am found by you :
I will but spend a word here in the house,
And go with you.

[Exit Othello.. Gas. Ancient, what makes he here?

lago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land-carrack;; If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.

Caf. I do not understand.. lago. He's married. Caf. To whom? laga. Marry to Come, Captain, will you go??

Enter Othello.

Oih. Have with you.
Caf. Here comes another troop to seek for you,..

S.GE- N . E:


Enter Brabantio, Rodorigo, with officers and torchesa.

lago. It is Brabantio : General, be advis'd; He comes to bad intent.

Oth, Holla ? Itand there. ·
Rod. Signior, it is the Moor.-
Bra. Down with bim, thief!

[They draw on both sides. Iago. You, Rodorigo! come, Sir, I am for you Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will i

ruft 'em, Good Signior, you fhall more command with years, Than with your weapons. Bra, o thou foul thief ! where haft thou stow'd myy

daughter ?

Damn'd as thou art, thou hast inchanted her ;,
For I'll refer me to all things of sense,
if she in chains of magic were not bound,
Whether a maid, fo tender, fair, and happy,
So opposite to marriage, that the fhunn'd
The wealthy culled dårlings of our nation,
Would ever have, t'incur a general mock,
Run from her guardage to the footy bosom
of such a thing as thou, to fear, not to delight?:
Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sense,
'That thou hast practis'd on her with foul charms,
Abus'd her delicate youth with drugs or minerals,
That weaken notion. l'll have't disputed on ;
'Tis probable, and palpable to thinking.
I therefore apprehend and do attach thee
For an abuser of the world, a praaiser.
Of arts inhibited and out of warrant ; .
Lay hold upon himn ; if he do refift,
Subdue him at his peril.

Oih. Hold your hands,
Both you of my ioclining, and the rest.
W'ere it my cue to fight, I should have known it
Without a prompter.

Where will you I go.
To answer this your charge?-

Bra. To prison, till fit time
Of law, and course of direct session,
Call thee to answer..

Oth. What if I do obey ?

the Duke be there with satisfied,
Whose messengers are here about my fide,
Upon some present business of the state,
To bring me to him ?

Off. True, most worthy Signior,
The Duke's in council; and your noble felf,,
I'm sure, is sent for.

Bra. How ! the Duke in council ?
In this time of the night? bring him away ;
Mine's not an idle cause. The Duke himself,

brothers of the state, Cannot but feel this wrong as ?twere their own; For if such adions may have passage free, Bond-slaves and Pagans shall our statesmen be. (Excunda

SCENE VII. Changes to the senate-house. Duke and Senators, set at a table with lights, and Ata


Duke. There is no composition * in these news, That gives them credit.

i Sen. Indeed they're disproportion'd; My letters fay, a hundred and seven gallies. . Duke. And mine a hundred and forty.

2. Sen: And mine two hundred. But though they jump not on a just account, (As in these cases, where th' aim reports, [is oft with diff'rence); yet do they all confirm A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus,

Duke. Nay, it is poflible enough to judgment; I do not fo fecure me in the error, but the main article I do approve in fearful sense. [Sailor within.] What hoa! what hoa! what hoa ! :

Enier Sailor.. of. A messenger from the gallies. Duke. Now!

what's the business? Sail. The Turkish-preparation makes for Rhodes ; , So was I bid, report here to the state.

Duke. How say you by this change?

i Sen. This cannot be, By no assay of reason. 'Tis a pageant, To keep us in fase gaze; when we consider Th’importancy of Cyprus to the Turk, And let ourselves again but understand, 'I hat as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes, . So may he with more facile question bear it; For that it stands not in such warlike brace, But all together lacks th' abilities That Rhodes is dress’d in. jf we make thought of this, We must not think the Turk is so unskilful, To leave that latest which concerns him first; Neglecting an attempt of ease and gain, To wake, and wage, a danger profiless.

composition, for consistency, concordancy,

Duke. Nay, in all confidence he's not for Rhodes..
Of. Here is more news,

Enter a. Meslenger..
Mel: The Ottomites, (reverend and gracious),
Steering with due course toward the isle of Rhodes,
Have there injoin'd them with an after-Alzet-

I Sen. Ay, so I thought; how many, as you guess?

Mell. Of thirty fail; and now they do 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 you thus, And prays you to believe him.

Duke. 'Tis certain then for Cyprus: Marcus, Luc-. Is he not here in town ?

I Sen. He's now in Florence.
Duke. Write from us to him, post, post-hafte, dispatch.
J Ser. Here comes Brabantio, and the valiant Moor..

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To them, enter Brabantio, Othello,, Caffio, lago, Rodo-.

rigo, and officers..

Duke. Valiant Othello, we must streight employ you, Against the general enemy Ottoman. I did not see you ; welcome, gentle Signior : [To Brab. We lack'd your counsel and your help to.night.

Bra. So did I your's; good your Grace, pardon me;
Neither my place, nor ought I heard of business,
Hath rais'd me from my bed; nor doth the general
Take hold on me; for my particular grief
Is of so flood.gate and o'er-bearing nature,
That it ingluts, and swallows other sorrows,
And yet is ftill itself.

Duke. Why? what's the matter ?
Bra. My daughter ! oh, my daughter!
Sen. Dead?

Bra. To me, ;
She is abus'd, stolen from me, and corrupted
By spells and medicines, bought of mountebanks;;
For nature so preposterously to err,

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(Being not deficient, blind, or lame of fenfe), Sans witchcraft could not

Duke. Whoe'er he be that in this foul proceeding Hath thus beguild your daughter of herself, . And you of her, the bloody book of law

You thall yourself read in the bitter letter,
After your own sense; yea, though our proper son
Stood in your action.

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.

All. We're very sorry for't.
Duke. What in your own part can you say to this ?

[To Othel, Dra. Nothing, but this is fo.

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;

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, fome 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 broils and battle ;
And therefore little shall I grace my cause,
In speaking for mylelf. Yet, by your patience,
I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver,
Of my whole course of love; what drugs, what charms,
What conjuration, and what mighty magic,
(For such proceeding I am charg'd withal),
I won his daughter with.

Bra. A maiden, never bold ;
of spirit so still and quiet, that her motion
Blush'd at itself; and ihe, in spight of nature,
Of years, of country, credit, every thing,
To fall in love with what the fear'd to look 01 -
It is a judgment inaim'd, and most imperfect,
That will confeís, perfection fo could err

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