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Against all rules of nature; and most be driven
To find out practices of cunning hell,
Why this thould be. I therefore vouch again,
That with some mixtures powerful o'er the blood
Or with some dram, conjur'd to this effect,
He wrought upon her.
Duke. To vouch this, is no proof,
Without more certain and more overt test,
Than these thin habits and poor likelihoods
of modern feeming do prefer against him.
i Sen. But, Othello, speak;
Did you by indirect and forced courses
Subdue and poison this young maid's affections ?
Or came it by request, and such fair question
As foul to foul affordeth ?
Oth. I beseech you,
Send for the lady to the Sagittary,
And let her fpeak of me before her father,
If you do find me foul in her report,
The trust, the office, I do hold of you,
Not only take away, but let your feptence
Even fall upon my life.
Duke. Fetch Desdemona hither. [Exeunt two or three.
Qth. Ancient, conduct them, you best know the place.
[Exit lago. And till she come, as truly as to heav'n. I do confess the vices of my blood, So justly to your grave ears I'll presentHow I did thrive in this fair lady's love, And she in mine.
Duke. Say it, Othello.
Otb. Her father lov'd me, oft invited me; Still question d me the story of my life, From year to year; the battles, lieges, fortunes, That I have past. I ran it through, 'e'en from my boyish days, To th' 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 in th' imminent deadly breach ;; On being taken by the infolent foe, And sold to llavery ; of my rede.nption thence, ,
And with it all my travel's history:
Wherein of antres vast, and defarts idle *
Rough quarries, rocks, and hills, whose heads touch
It was my hent to speak t. All these to hear
Would Desdemona seriously incline.
But Itill the house-affairs would draw her thence,
Which ever as she could with halte dispatch,
She'd come again and with a greedy ear
Devour up my discourse : which I observing,
Took once a pliant hour, and found good means
To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart,
That I would all my pilgrimage dilate;
Whereof by parcels ihe had something heard,
But not distinctively. I did consent,
And often did beguile her of her tears,
When I did fpeak of fome distressful stroke
That my youth suffer d. My story being done,
She gave me for my pains a world of fighs.
She swore, in faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing strange,
'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful.-
She wilh'd she 'had not heard it ; yet she wilh'd
That heav’n had made her such a man:
the thank'd And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, [me, I should büt teach him how to tell my story, And that would wooe her. On this bint I spake ; She lov'd me for the dangers I had past; And I lov'd her, that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have us’d. Here comes the lady, let her witness it.
S CE N E Enter Desdemona, lago, and attendants. Duke. I think this tale would win my daughter too Good Brabantio,
• idle, for barren.
+ It was my hent to speak. Such was the process ;
And of the Canibals that each other eat,
The Anthropophagi; and men whose heads
Do grow beneath their shoulders. All these to hear
Would Desdemona, 66.
Take up this mangled matter at the best.
Men do their broken weapons rather use,
Than their bare hands.
Bra. I pray you hear her speak.
If she confess that she was half the wooer,
Destruction on my head, if my bad blame
Light on the man! Come hither, gentle mistress,
Do you perceive in all this noble company,
Where must owe obedience ?
Def. My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty.
To you I'm bound for life and education
!; My life and education both do learn me How to respect you.
You're the lord of duty;
I'm hitherto your daughter. But here's my husband :
And so much duty as my mother shewa
To you, preferring you before her father;
So much I challenge, that I profeís
Due to the Moor, my
Bra. God be with you. I have done.
Please it your Grace, on to the state-affairs;
I had rather to adopt a child, than get it.
Come hither, Moor.
I bere do give thee that with all my heart,
Which, but thou hast already, with all my heart
I would keep from thee. For your fake, jewel,
I'm glad at foul I have no other child ;
For thy escape would teach me tyranny,
To hang clogs on them. I have done, my Lórd.
Duke. Let me speak like ourself; and lay a sentence,
Which, as a grise, or step, may help these lovers
favour When remedies are past, the griefs are ended By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended, To mourn a mischief that is past and gone, Is the next way to draw new mischief on. What cannot be preserv'd when Fortune takes, Patience her injury a mockery makes. The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He jobs himself, that spends a bootless grief.
Bra. So, let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile, We lose it not, so long as we can smile.
He bears the sentence well, that nothings bears
But the free comfort which fro:n thence he hears ;
But he hears both the sentence and the forrow,
That, to pay grief, mult of poor patience borrow.
These sentences to sugar, or to gall,
Being Irong on both sides, are equivocal.
But words are words ; I never yet did hear,
That the bruis'd heart was pieced through the ear.
Beseech you, now to the affairs o'th' ftate.
Duke. The Turk, with a molt mighty preparation, makes for Cyprus. Othello, the fortitiide of the place is best known to you. And though we have there a fub. ftitute of most allowed sufficiency; yet opinion, a fove. reign mistress of effects, throws a more safe voice on you; you mult therefore be content to slubber the glofs of your new fortunes, with this more Itubborn and boilterous expedition,
Osh. The tyrant custom, most grave senators,
Hath made the fiinty and steel couch of war
My thrice-driven bed of down. I do agnise
A natural and prompt alacrity
I find in hardness; and do undertake
This present war 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 befort
As levels with her breeding.
Duke. Why, at her father's.
Bra. I Will not have it so,
Oth. Nor I.
Def. Nor would I there refide,
To put my father in impatient thoughts
By being in his eye. Molt gracious Duke,
To my unfolding lend your gracious ear,
And let me fiad a charter in your voice ·
Taflilt my fimpleness.
Duke. What would you, Desdemona?
Def. 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 subdu'd
Ev'n 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 Iords, if I be left behind
A moth of peace, and l. go to the war,
The rights for which I love him, are bereft me ;
And I a heavy interim fhall support
By his dear absence. Let me go with him.
Oth. Your voices, Lords; beseech you, let her will
Have a free way. I therefore beg it not,
To please the palate of my appetite;
" Nor to comply with heat, the young effects
In my defunct and
But to be free and bountecus to her mind.
And heav'n defend your good souls, that you think,
I will your serious and great business fcant,
For me is with me. No, when light-wing'd toys
Of feather'd Cupid foil with wanton dulness
My speculative and offic'd inftruments,
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,
Or for her stay or going; the aftair cries halte;
And speed must answer. You must hence to night,
Def To-night, my Lord ?
Duke. This night.
Oth. With all my heart.
Duke. At nine i'th' morning here we'll meet again.
Othello, leave fome officer behind,
And he Mall our commission bring to you;
And such things elle of quality ard respect
As doth'import you.
Oth. Please your Grace, my Ancient;
(A man he is of honesty and truth),
To his conveyance I allign my wife,
With what else needful your good Grace shall think
To be sent after me.
Duke, Let it be fo;
• ;. c, wish that heat and new affi ctions which the indulgence of my appetite has raised and created.