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DUKE OF VENICE.
DESDEMONA, Daughter to Brabantio and Wife to Othello.
Sailor,Messengers, Herald, Officers, Gentlemen, Musicians, and Attendants.
SCENE For the first Act, in Venice; during the rest of the Play,
at a Sea-port in Cyprus.
OTHELLO, THE MOOR
SCENE I.- Venice. A Street.
Enter RODERIGO and IAGO.
Rod. 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.
lago. '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.
That never set a squadron in the field,
Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his hang
lago. But there 's no remedy: 'tis the curse of service, Preferment goes by letter and affection, And not by 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. 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
Do themselves homage : these fellows have some soul ;
Rod. What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe,
Call up her father;
Rod. Here is her father's house; I'll call aloud.
Iago. Do; with like timorous accent and dire yell As when, by night and negligence, the fire Is spied in populous cities.
Rod. What, ho! Brabantio! Signior Brabantio, ho! Iago. Awake! what, ho! Brabantio ! thieves ! thieves !
thieves ! Look to your house, your daughter, and your bags ! Thieves ! thieves !
Enter BRABANTIO, above, at a window. Bra. What is the reason of this terrible summons ? What is the matter there?
Rod. Signior, is all your family within ? lago. Are your doors lock'd ?