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Flët Myself will be your surgeon : Lead him off.
Iago. Come, come, good wine is a good fami-
Cas. I have well approved it, sir.-I drunk !
Iago. You, or any man living, may be drunk
may say so in this respect, for that he hath deCas. Ay, past all surgery.
voted and given up himself to the contemplation, Iugo. Marry, heaven forbid !
mark, and denotement of her parts and graces :Cas
. Reputation, reputation, reputation !0, I confess yourself freely to her; importune her ; bat have lost my reputation ! I have lost the immor- she'll help to put you in your place again : she
tal part, sir, of myself, and what remains is is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a dispoHindi bestial.-My reputation, lago, my reputation. sition, that she holds it a vice in her goodness,
Iago. As I am an honest man, I thought you not to do more than she is requested: This broin parte had received some bodily wound; there is more ken joint, hetween you and her husband, entreat
offence in that, than in reputation. Reputation her to splinter; and, my fortunes against any here is an idle and most false imposition ; oft got lay worth naming, this crack of your love shall
without merit, and lost without deserving: You grow stronger than it was before.
tunes, if they check me here.
drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk? Cas. Good-night, honest lago. [Exit Cassio. and speak parrot ? and squabble ? swagger ? Iago. And what's he then, that says, --I play swear and discourse fustian with one's own
the villain ? shadow ?-O thou invisible spirit of wine, if When this advice is free, I give, and honest, thou hast no name to be known by, let us call | Probal to thinking, and (indeed) the course theedevil !
To win the Moor again? For 'tis most easy
As the free elements. And then for her
To win the Moor,—were't to renounce his bapCas. I remember a mass of things, but nothing tism, distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore. All seals and symbols of redeemed sin,O, that men should put an enemy in their His soul is so enfetter’d to her love, mouths, to steal away their brains! that we That she may make, ummake, do what she list, should, with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, Even as her appetite shall play the god transform ourselves into beasts !
With his weak function. How am I then a villain, Iago. Why, but you are now well enough : To counsel Cassio to this parallel course, How came you thus recovered ?
Directly to his good ? Divinity of hell ! Cas. It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, When devils will their blackest sins put on, to give place to the devil, wrath : one imper- They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, fectness shows me another, to make me frankly | As I do now: For while this honest fool despise myself.
Plies Desdemona to repair his fortunes, lago. Come, you are too severe a moraler: As And she for him pleacis strongly to the Moor, the time, the place, and the condition of this I'll pour this pestilence into his ear,country stands, I could heartily wish this had not That she repeals him for her body's lust; befallen ; but since it is as it is, mend it for your And, by how much she strives to do him good, own good.
She shall undo her credit with the Moor. Cas. I will ask him for my place again ; he So will I turn her virtue into pitch ; shall tell me, I am a drunkard ! Had I as many And out of her own goodness make the net, mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop That shall enmesh them all.—How now, Ro. them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by derigo ? a fool, and presently a beast ! O strange -Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient
Enter RODERIGO. is a devil.
Rod. I do follow here in the chace, not like
a hound that hunts, but one that fills up the cry. Though other things grow fair against the sun, My money is almost spent; I have been to- Yet fruits, that blossom first, will first be ripe: night exceedingly well cudgelled ; and, I think, Content thyselfa while. By the mass, 'tis morithe issue will be — I shall have so much experi
ing; ence for my pains : and so, with no money at Pleasure, andaction, make the hours seem shortall, and a little more wit, return to Venice. Retire thee; go where thou art billetted: Tago. How poor are they, that have not pa- Away, I say; thou shalt know more hereafter : tience!
Nay, get thee gone. (Exit Rod.] ''wo things What wound did ever heal, but by degrees?
are to be done, Thou know’st, we work by wit, and not by My wife must move for Cassio to her mistress; witchcraft;
I'll set her on; And wit depends on dilatory time.
Myself, the while, to draw the Moor apart, Does't not go well? Cassio hath beaten thee, And bring him jump when he may Cassio find And thou, by that small hurt, hast cashier'd Cas- Soliciting his wife :- Ay, that's the way;
Dull not device by coldness and delay. [Erik,
SCENE I.-- Before the Castle.
Cas. Do, good my friend.-In happy time,
Cas. Why, no; the day had broke Something that's brief; and bid-good-morrow, Before we parted. I have made bold, lago, general.
[Music. To send in to your wife: My suit to her
Is, that she will to virtuous Desdemona
Procure me some access.
Out of the way, that your converse and business Clo. Are these, I pray you, called wind in- May be more free. struments ?
Cas. I humbly thank you for't. I never knew 1 Mus. Ay, marry, are they, sir.
A Florentine more kind and honest. Clo. O, thereby hangs a tail. 1 Mus. Whereby hangs a tale, sir?
Enter EMILIA. Clo. Marry, sir, by many a wind instrument
Emil. Good-morrow, good lieutenant: 1 an that I know. But, masters, here's money for sorry you: and the general so likes your music, that for your displeasure ; but all will soon be well he desires you, of all loves, to make no more The general, and his wife, are talking of it; noise with it.
And she speaks for you stoutly: The Moor teu 1 Mus. Well, sir, we will not.
plies, Clo. If you have any music that may not be That he, you hurt, is of great fame in Cyprus, heard, to't again : but, as they say, to hear mu- And great affinity; and that, in wholesome wisa sic, the general does not greatly care.
dom, 1 Mus. We have none such, sir.
He might not but refuse you: but, he protests, Clo. Then put up your pipes in your bag, for
he loves you; I'll away: Go; vanish into air ; away. And needs no other suitor, but his likings,
ÇExeunt Musicians. To take the saf'st occasion by the front, Cas. Dost thou hear, my honest friend? To bring you in again.
Clo. No, I hear not your honest friend ; I hear Cas. Yet, I beseech you, you.
If you think fit, or that it may be done Cas. Pr’ythee, keep up thy quillets. There's Give me advantage of some brief discourse a poor piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewo With Desdemona alone. man, that attends the general's wife, be stirring, Emil. Pray you, come in ; tell her, there's one Cassio entreats her a little I will bestow you where you shall have time favour of speech : Wilt thou do this?
To speak your bosom freely. Clo. She is stirring, sir; if she will stir hi Cas. I am much bound to you. ther, I shall seem to notify unto her. [Exit.
Iago. Ha! I like not that.
Oth. What dost thou say?
Iago. Nothing, my lord: or if-I know not
That done, I will be walking on the works ; Iago. Cassio, my lord ? No, sure, I cannot
, my good lord, I'll do't, That he would steal away so guilty-like,
Oth. I do believe 'twas he.
Des. How now, my lord ?
A man that languishes in your displeasure.
Oth. Who is't you mean?
Des, Why, your lieutenant Cassio. Good
If I have any grace, or power to move you,
His present reconciliation take;
That errs in ignorance, and not in cunning,
I have no judgment in an honest face :
Oth. Went he hence now?
Des. Ay, sooth ; so humbled,
That he hath left part of his grief with me;
I suffer with him." Good love, call him back.
Oth. Not now, sweet Desdemona; some other
time. He's never any thing but your true servant.
But shall't be shortly?
Oth. The sooner, sweet, for you. You have known him long; and be you well
Des. Shall't be to-night at supper ?
Oth. No, not to-night.
Oth. I shall not dine at home;
I meet the captains at the citadel.
Des. Why then, to-morrow night; or TuesOr feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
day morn; Or breed itself so out of circumstance,
Or Tuesday noon, or night; or Wednesday That, I being absent, and my place supplied,
mornMy general will forget my love and service. I pray thee, name the time; but let it not
Des. Do not doubt that ; before Emilia here, Exceed three days : in faith, he's penitent ; I give thee warrant of thy place : assure thee, And yet his trespass, in our common reason, If I do vow a friendship, 111 perform it (Save that, they say, the wars must make exTo the last article: my lord shall never rest;
amples I'll watch him tame, and talk him out of pa- Out of their best,) is not almost a fault tience;
To incur a private check : When shall he come? His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift; Tell me, Othello. I wonder in my soul, I'll intermingle every thing he does
What you could ask me, that I should deny, With Cassio's suit: Therefore be merry, Cassio; Or stand so mammering on. What! Michael For thy solicitor shall rather die,
Cassio, Than give thy cause away:
That came a wooing with you; and many a time,
When I have spoke of you dispraisingly, Enter OTHELLO and Iago, at a distance. Hath ta'en your part; to have so much to do Emil. Madam, here comes
To bring him in ! Trust me, I could do much, My lord.
Oth. Pr’ythee, no more; let him come when Cas. Madam, I'll take my leave.
he will; Des. Why, stay,
I will deny thee nothing. And hear me speak.
Des. Why, this is not a boon; Cas. Madam, not now; I am very ill at ease,
"Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves, Unfit for mine own purposes.
Or feed on nourishing dishes, or keep you warm; Des, Well, well,
Or sue to you to do peculiar profit Do your discretion.
[Exil Cassio. To your own person : Nay, when I have a suit,
Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed, Are tricks of custom ; but, in a man that's just,
They are close denotements working from the
heart, Oth. I will deny thee nothing:
That passion cannot rule. Whereon, I do beseech thee, grant me this, lago. For Michael Cassio, To leave me but a little to myself.
I dare be sworn, I think that he is honest. Des. Shall I deny you? no: Farewell, my Oth, I think so too. lord.
Iago. Men should be what they seem; Oth. Farewell, my Desdemona: I will come Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem to thee straight.
none ! Des. Emilia, come :-Be it as your fancies Oth. Certain, men should be what they seem.
Iago. Why then, Whate'er you be, I am obedient.
I think that Cassio is an honest man.
[Exit, with Emilia. Oth. Nay, yet there's more in this:
As thou dost ruminate ; and give thy worst of
The worst of words.
lago. Good my lord, pardon me; Oth. What dost thou say, Iago ?
Though I am bound to every act of duty, Iugo. Did Michael Cassio, when you woo'd I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.
Utter my thoughts ! Why, say, they are vile and Know of your love?
false, — Oth. He did, from first to last : Why dost As where's that palace, whereinto foul things thou ask?
Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so Iago. But for a satisfaction of my thought;
pure, No further harm.
But some uncleanly apprehensions Oth. Why of thy thought, Iago ?
Keep leets, and law-days, and in session sit Iago. I did not think, he had been acquainted with meditations lawful? with her.
Oth. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Oth. O, yes; and went between us very oft.
lago, Iago. Indeed?
If thou but think'st him wrong'd, and mal's Oth. Indeed ! ay, indeed :-Discern'st thou aught in that?
A stranger to thy thoughts. Is he not honest ?
Iago. I do beseech you, Iago. Honest, my lord ?
Though I, perchance, am vicious in my guess, Oth. Ay, honest.
As, I confess, it is my nature's plague Iago. My lord, for aught I know.
To spy into abuses; and oft, my jealousy,
Shapes faults that are not, I entreat you then,
, Oth, Think, my lord !
You'd take no notice ; nor build yourself : By heaven, he echoes me,
trouble As if there were some monster in his thought, Out of his scattering and unsure observance : Too hideous to be shown.—Thou dost mean It were not for your quiet, nor your good, something :
Nor for my manhood, honesty, or wisdon,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls :
thing, nothing; Some horrible conceit: If thou dost love me, 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thonShow me thy thought.
lugo. My lord, you know I love you. But he, that filches from me my good name, Uth. I think, thou dost;
Robs me of that, which not enriches him, And,--for I know thou art full of love and ho- And makes me poor indeed. nesty,
Oth. By heaven, I'll know thy thought And weigh'st thy words before thou giv'st them
lago. You cannot, if my heart were in your breath,
hand; Therefore these stops of thine fright me the Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.
Oth. Ha! For such things, in a false disloyal knare,
lago. 0, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock Oth. Not a jot, not a jot.
I am to pray you, not to strain my speech
To grosser issues, nor to larger reach,
Oth. I will not
My lord, 1 see you are mov’d.
Not to affect many proposed matches,
Whereto, we see, in all things nature tends:
Oth. Farewell, farewell :
Set on thy wife to observe: Leave me, lago.
honour I know our country disposition well ;
To scan this thing no further ; leave it to time:
Yet, if you please to hold him off a while,
Note, if your lady strain his entertainment Iago. She did deceive her father, marrying With any strong or vehement opportunity; you ;
Much will be seen in that. In the mean time, And, when she seem'd to shake, and fear your Let me be thought too busy in my fears, looks,
(As worthy cause I have, to fear--I am,) She loy'd them most.
And hold her free, I do beseech your honour, Oth. And so she did.
Oth. Fear not my government. lago. Why, go to, then ;
lago. I once more take my leave. [Exit. She that, so young, could give out such a seem Oih. This fellow's of exceeding honesty, ing,
And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak, Of human dealings : If I do prove her haggard, He thought, 'twas witchcraft :-But I am much Though that her jesses were my dear heart-strings, to blame;
I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind,
To prey at fortune. Haply, for I am black;
And have not those soft parts of conversation Oth. I am bound to thee for ever.
That chamberers have : Or, for I am declin'd Jago. I nee, this hath a little dash'd your spirits. / Into the vale of years ;-yet that's not much ;