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THE STATIONER TO THE READER.
To set forth a book without an epistle were like to the old English proverb, A blue coat without a badge ; and the author being dead, I thought good to take that piece of work
To commend it, I will not; for that which is good I hope every man will commend without entreaty; and I am the bolder because the author's name is sufficient to vent his work. Thus leaving every one to the liberty of judgment, I have ventured to print this play, and leave it to the general censure.
* Prefixed to the quarto 1622.
DUKE OF VENICE.
DESDEMONA, daughter to Brabantio and wife to Othello.
Sailor, Messenger, Herald, Officers, Gentlemen, Musicians, and Attendants.
SCENE— The first act in Venice; during the rest of the play, at a seaport in
OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE.
Scene I. Venice. A street.
Enter RODERIGO and Iago.
Iago. 'Sblood,(-) but you will not hear me:-
Rod. Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate. lago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the