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Enter below, BpABANTIO, and Servants with Put into circumspection and confine
For the sea's worth. But, look! what lights
come yonder ? Bra. It is too true an evil : gone she is; And what's to come of my despised time, Enter Cassio, at a distance, and certain Officer Is nought but bitterness.- Now, Roderigo,
with Torches. Where didst thou see her ?–0, unhappy girl!
Iago. These are the raised father, and his With the Moor, say'st thou ?Who would be
You were best go in.
(friends: a father How didst thou know'twas she? O, thou de- My parts, my title, and my perfect soul,
Oth. Not I: I must be found; ceiv'st me Past thought!-What said she to you?-Get Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they? more tapers;
Iugo. By Janus, I think no.
Oth. The servants of the duke, and my liegRaise all my kindred.- Are they married think
tenant. Rod. Truly, I think, they are. Bra. O heaven !-How got she out!-0 trea- | What is the news ?
The goodness of the night upon you, friends! son of the blood
Cas. The duke does greet you, general; Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' And he requires your haste-post-haste apminds
(pearance, By what you see them act.-Are there not
Oth. What is the matter, think you? By which the property of youth and maidhood
Cas. Something from Cyprus, as I may May be abus'd ? Have you not read, Roderigo,
divine; Of some such thing?
It is a business of some heat: The gallies
Have sent a dozen sequent* messengers
And many of the consuls, rais'd, and met,
Are at the duke's already: You have been Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?
hotly callid for; Rod. I think, I can discover him; if you when, being not at your lodging to be found, please
The senate hath sent about three several To get good guard, and go along with me.
To search you out,
[quests, Bra. Pray you, lead on. At every house I'll Oth. "Tis well I am found by you.
I will but spend a word here in the house,
[Erit. And raise some special officers of night.
Cas. Ancient, what makes he here? On, good Roderigo ;-I'll deserve your pains.
lago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land
carack;t SCENE II.-The same.-Another Street.
If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.
Cas. I do not understand. Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Attendants.
Iago. He's married. lago. Though in the trade of war I have slain Cas. To who?
Iago. Marry, to-Come, captain, will you Soinetimes, to do ine service: Nine or ten times
Oth. Have with you. I had thought to have yerk'd him here under the ribs.
Cas. Here comes another troop to seek for Oth. "Tis better as it is.
you. Iago. Nay, but he prated,
Enter BRABANTIO, RODERIGO, and Officers of And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms night, with Torches and Weapons. Against your honour, That, with the little godliness I have,
Iago. It is Brabantio :-general, be advis'd; I did full hard forbear him. But, I pray, Sir,
He comes to bad intent.
Oth. Hola! stand there!
Rod. Signior, it is the Moor.
Bra. Down with him, thief!
(They draw on both sides. Or put upon you what restraint and grievance
Iago. You, Roderigo! come, Sir, I am for The law (with all his might, to enforce it on,) Will give him cable.
Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the Oth. Let him do bis spite:
dew will rust them.
(years, My services, which I have done the signiory,
Good signior, you shall more command with
Than with your weapons. Shall out-tongue his complaints. 'Tis yet to
Bra. O ihou foul thief, where hast thou know,
(our, (Which, when I know that boasting is an hon-Damn'd as thou art, thou hast enchanted her:
stow'd my daughter ? I shall promulgate,) I fetch my life and being For I'll refer me to all things of sense, From men of royal siege;t and my demerits If she in chains of magic were not bound, May speak, unbonnetted,ll to as proud a for- Whether a maid-so tender, fair, and happy;
tune As this that I have reach'd: For know, Iago,
So opposite to marriage, that she shunn'd But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
The wealthy curled darlings of our nation, I would not my unhouseds free condition
Would ever have, to incur a general mock,
Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom * Old age.
Of such a thing as thou: to fear, not to de + Brabantio, magnifico is his title as a Senator.
To terrify not delight
Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sepse, So may be with more facile question* bear it, That thou hast practis'd on her with foul For that it stands not in such warlike bracet charms;
(erals; But altogether lacks the abilities Abus'd her delicate youth with drugs, or min. That Rhodes is dress'd in:-if we make thought That waken motion : l'll have it disputed on;
of this, Tis probable, and palpable to thinking. We must not think, the Turk is so unskilful, I therefore apprehend and do attach thee, To leave that latest which concerns him tirst; For an abuser of the world, a practiser Neglecting an attempt of ease and gain, Of arts inhibited and out of warrant :
To wake, and wage, a danger profitless. Lay hold upon him; if he do resist,
Duke. Nay, in all confidence, he's not for Subdue him at his peril.
Rhodes. Oth. Hold your hands,
Off. Here is more news.
Enter a MESSENGER.
Mess. The Ottomites, reverend and gracious, To answer this your charge?
[go Steering with due course toward the isle of Bra. To prison : till fit time
Rhodes, Of law, and course of direct session,
Have there injointed them with an after fleet. Call thee to answer.
1 Sen, Ay, so I thought:-How many, as Oth. What if I do obey?
you guess? How may the duke be therewith satisfied ;
Mess. Of thirty sail: and now do they re. Whose messengers are here about my side,
stem Upon some present business of the state,
Their backward course, bearing with frank ap. To bring me to him?
(tano, Off. 'Tis true, most worthy signior,
Their purposes toward Cyprus.—Signior Mono The duke's in council; and your noble self,
Your trusty and most valiant servitor, I am sure, is sent for.
With his free duty recommends you thus, Bra. How! the duke in council !
And prays you to believe him. In this time of the night !-Bring him away:
Duke. "Tis certain then for Cyprus.Mine's not an idle cause: the duke himself,
Marchus Lucchese, is he not in town? Or any of my brothers of the state, (own:
1 Sen. He's now in Florence. Cannot but feel this wrong, as 'twere their
Duke. Write from us; wish him post-postFor if such actions may have passage free,
haste: despatch. Bond-slares and pagans,* shall our statesmen
1 Sen. Here comes Brabantion with the vabe.
liant Moor. SCENE III.—The same.- A Council Chamber. Enter BrabaNTIO, OTHELLO, Iago, RoderiGO,
and Officers. The DUKE, and Senators, sitting at a Tuble;
Duke. Valiant Othello, we must straight emOfficers attending.
ploy you Duke. There is no compositiont in these Against the general enemy Ottoman. news,
I did not see you; welcome, gentle Signior; That gives them credit.
(To BRABANTIO. i Sen. Indeed, they are disproportion'd; We lack'd your counsel and your help to-night. My letters say, a hundred and seven gallies. Bra. So did I yours : Good your grace, parDuke. And mine, a hundred and forty.
(ness, 2 Sen. And mine, two hundred :
Neither my place, nor anght I heard of busiBut though they jump not on a just account, Hath rais'd me from my bed; nor doth the ge(As in these cases, where the aimi reports,
neral care Tis oft with difference,) yet do they all confirm Take hold on me; for my particular grief A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus. Is of so flood-gate and o'erbearing nature, Duke. Nay, it is possible enough to judge. That it engluts and swallows other sorrows, ment;
And it is still itself. I do not so secure me in the error,
Duke. Why, what's the matter? But the main article I do approve
Bru. My daughter! 0, my daughter! In fearful sense.
Sen. Dead? Sailor. (Within.] What ho! what ho! what Bra. Ay, to me; ho!
She is abus'd, stol'n from me, and corrupted
By spells and medicines bought of mounte Enter an OFFICER, with a Sailor.
banks: Off. A messenger from the gallies.
For nature so preposterously to err, Duke. Now? the business?
Being pot deficient, blind, or lame of sense, Sailor. The Turkish preparation makes for Sanso witchcraft could not Rhodes;
Duke. Whoe'er he be, that, in this foul pro. So was I bid report here to the late,
ceeding, By signior Angelo.
Hatb thus beguild your daughter of herself, Duke. How say you by this change? And you of her, the bloody book of law 1 Sen. This cannot be,
Yon shall yourself read in the bitter letter, By no assay of reason; 'tis a pageant,
After your own sense ; yea, though our proper To keep us in false gaze : When we consider The importancy of Cyprus to the Turk; Stood in your action.ll And let ourselves again but understand,
Bra. Humbly I thank your grace. That, as it more concerns the Turk than Here the man, this Meor; whom now, it Rhodes,
The pagans and bond-slaros of Africa.
* Easy dispute. + State of defence.
Without. || Accusation.
Your special mandate, for the state affairs, Still question’d me the story of my life,
From year to year; the battles, sieges, for-
That I have pass’d.
(tunes, Duke. What, in your own part, can you say I ran it through, even from my boyish days, to this?
(To OTHELLO. To the very moment that he bade me tell it. Bra. Nothing but this is so.
Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances, Oth. Most potent, grave, and reverend sig. Of moving accidents, by flood, and field; niors,
Of hair-breadth scapes i'the imminent deadly
And portance in my travel's history :
It was my hint to speak, such was the process;
(us'd Do grow beneath their shoulders. These things Till now some nine moons wasted, they have
Devour up my discourse: Which I observing,
To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart,
But not intentively:$ I did consent;
And often did beguile her of her tears,
She gave me for my pains a world of sighs:
wish'd To find out practices of cunning hell,
That heaven had made her such a man: sbe Why this should be. I therefore vouch again,
thank'd me; That with some mixtures powerful o'er the And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, blood,
I should but teach him how to tell my story, Or with some dram conjur'd to this effect, And that would woo her. Opon this hini, I He wrought upon her.
spake: Duke. To vouch this, is no proof;
She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass’d;
1 Sen. But, Othello, speak ;-
Enter DESDEMONA, Iago, and Attendants. Subdue and poison this young maid's atrec- Duke. I think, this tale would win my daughtions ?
ter too.Or came it by request, and such fair question Good Brabantio, As soul to soul affordéth?
Take up this mangled matter at the best : Oth. I do beseech you,
Men do their broken weapons rather use,
Than their bare hands.
If she confess, that she was half the wooer,
Destruction on my head, if my bad blame
tress; Duke. Feich Desdemona hither.
Do you perceive in all this noble
Des. My noble father,
My life, and education, both do learn me
husband; Duke. Say it, Othello.
And so much duty as my mother show'
Intention and attention were once synonimnos
So much I challenge that I may profess Duke. What would you, Desdemona ?
Des. That I did love the Moor to live with Bra. God be with you!—I have done :
him, Please it your grace, on to the state affairs ; My downright violence and storm of fortunes I had rather to adopt a child, than get it. - May trumpet to the world; my heart's subCome hither, Moor:
dued I bere do give thee that with all my heart, Even to the very quality of my lord: Which, but thou hast already, with all my I saw Othello's vísage in his mind; heart
(jewel, And to his honours, and his valiant parts, I would keep from thee.-For your sake, Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate. I am glad at soul I have no other child; So that, dear lords, if I be left behind, For thy escape would teach me tyranny, A moth of peace, and he go to the war, To bang clogs on them. I have done, my lord. The rights for which I love him, are bereft me Duke. Let me speak like yourself; and lay And I a heavy interim shall support a sentence,
[lovers By his dear absence: Let me go with him. Which as a grise,* or step, nay help these Oth. Your voices, lords :-'beseech you, lo Into your favours.
her will When remedies are past, the griess are ended, Have a free way. By seeing the worst, which late on hopes de- Vouch with me, heaven; I therefore beg it not pended.
To please the palate of my appetite; To mourn a mischief that is past and gone, Nor to comply with heat, the young affects,* Is the next way to draw new mischief on. In my distinct and proper satisfaction; What cannot be preserv'd when fortune takes, But to be free and bounteous to her mind: Patience her injury a mockery makes.
And heaven defendt your good souls, that you The robb'd, that smiles, steals something from
think the thief;
I will your serious and great business scant, He robs himself, that spends a bootless grief. Fort she is with me: No, when light-wing' Bra. So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile;
toys We lose it not, so long as we can smile. Of feather'd Cupid seelş with wanton dulness He bears the sentence well, that nothing bears My speculative and active instruments, But the free comfort which from thence he That my disports corrupt and tąint my business, hears:
Let housewives make a skillet) of my helm, 9 But be bears both the sentence and the sorrow, And all indign and base adversities That, to pay grief, must of poor patience bor- Make head against my estimation !
Duke. Be it as you shall privately determine, These sentences, to sugar, or to gall,
Either for her stay, or going: the affair criesBeing strong on both sides, are equivocal:
haste, But words are words; I never yet did hear, And speed must answer it; you must hence That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the to-night. eart
Des. To-night, my lord ? I humbly beseech you, proceed to the affairs of Duke. This night. state.
Oth. With all my heart. Duke. The Turk with a most mighty prepar. Duke. At nine i'the morning here we'll meet ation makes for Cyprus:-Othello, the forti
again. tude of the place is best known to you : And Othello, leave some officer behind, though we have there a substitute of most al. And he shall our commission bring to you ; lowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a sovereign mis. With such things else of quality and respect, tress of effects, throws a more safer voice on As doth import you. you: you must therefore be content to slubbert Oth. Please your grace, my ancient; ihe gloss of your new fortunes with this more A man he is of honesty and trust : stubborn and boisterous expedition.
To his conveyance I assign my wife, (think Oth. The tyrant custom, most grave senators, with what else needful your good grace shall Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war To be sent after me. My thrice-driven bed of down: I do agnizes Duke. Let it be so.A natural and prompt alacrity,
Good night to every one.-And, noble Signior, I find in hardness; and do undertake
(To BRABANTIO. These present wars against the Ottomites. If virtue no delighted beauty lack, Dlost humbly therefore bending to your state, Your son-in-law is far more fair than black. I crave fit disposition for my wife;
1 Sen. Adieu, brave Moor! use Desdemona Due reference of place, and exhibition.!
well. With such accommodation, and besort,
Bra. Look to her, Moor; have a quick eye As levels with her breeding. Duke. If you please,
She has deceiv'd her father, and may thee. Be't at her father's.
(Exeunt DUKE, SENATORS, OFFICERS, &c. Bia. I'll not have it so.
Oth. My life upon her faith.-Honest lago, Oth. Nor I.
My Desdemona must I leave to thee; Des. Nor I; I would not there reside, I pr’ythee, let thy wife attend on her; To put my father in impatient thoughts, And bring them after in the best advantage.By being in his eye. Most gracious duke, Come, Desdemona; I have but an hour To my unfolding lend a gracious ear;
Of love, of worldly matters, and direction, And let me find a cbarter in your voice, To spend with thee, we must obey the time. To assist my simpleness.
(Exeunt OTHELLO and DESDEMONA.
Rod. Iago. • Grise, from degrees.
Iugo. What say'st thou, noble heart? + 1.e. That the wounds of sorrow were ever cured by the words of consolation.
• Affections, + Forlid
Becauso. Etra Obscure, Acknowledge. JA uwance.
I A small kettle,
& Helincha 3 0
to see ;
Rod. What will I do, thinkest thou ?
Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against lago. Why, go to bed, and sleep.
him: if thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thy. Rod. ) will incontinently* drown myself. self a pleasure, and me a sport. There are
lago. Well, it thou dost, I shall never love many events in the womb of time, which will thee after it. Why, thou silly gentleman ! be delivered. Traverse ;* go; provide thy
Rod. It is silliness to live, when to live is a money. We will have more of this to-bur torment: and then have we a prescription to Adieu. die, when death is our physician.
Rod. Where shall we meet i'the morning! lago. 0 villanous! I have looked upon the lago. At my lodging. world for four times seven years; and since I Rod. I'll be with thee betimes. could distinguish between a benefit and an in- lago. Go to; farewell. Do you hear, Rode. jury, I never found a man that knew how to rigo? love himself. Ere I would say, I would drown
Rod. What say you ? myself for the love of a Guinea-hen, I would Iago. No more of drowning, do you hear, change my humanity with a baboon.
Rod. I am changed. I'll sell all my land. Rou. What should I do? I contess, it is my lago. Go to; farewell: put money enough shame to be so fondit but it is not in virtue tu in your purse.
(Exit RODERIGO. amend it.
Thus do I ever make my fooi my purse : lago. Virtue ? a fig! 'tis in ourselves, that we For I mine own gain'd knowledge should prs. are thus, or thus. Our bodies are our gardens;
fane, to the which our wills are gardeners: so that If I would time expend with such a snipe, if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce; set But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor; hyssop, and weed up thyme ; supply it with And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets one gender of herbs, or distract it with many; He has done my office: I know not if't be true; either to have it steril with idleness, or man- But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, ured with industry; why, the power and cor- Will do, as if for surety. He holdst me well; rigible authority of this lies in our wills. If The better shall my purpose work on him. the balance of our lives had not one scale of Cassio's a proper man : Let me see now; reason to poise another of sensuality, the blood To get his place, and to plume up my will; and baseness of our natures would conduct us A double knavery,-How? how ?-Let me to most preposterous conclusions: But we have
see:reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal After some time, to abuse Othelio's ear, stings, our unbittedt lusts; whereof I take this, That he is too familiar with his wife:that you call-love, to be a sect,g or scion. He hath a person, and a smooth dispose, Rod. It cannot be.
To be suspected; fram’d to make women salse. lago. It is merely a lust of the blood, and a The Moor is of a free and open nature, (50; permission of the will. Come, be à man: That thinks men honest, that but seems to be Drown thyself? drown cats, and blind puppies. And will as tenderly be led by the nose, I have professed me thy friend, and I confess As asses are. me koit to thy deserving with cables of per- I have't ;-it is engender'd :-Hell and night durable toughness; I could never better stead | Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's thee than now. Put money in thy purse; fol
(Exit. low these wars ; defeat thy favour with an usurped beard ;ll I say, put money in thy
ACT II, purse. It cannot be, that Desdemona should SCENE 1.-A Sea-port Town in CYPRUS.long continue her love to the Moor,-put
Platform. money in thy purse;-nor he his to her: it was a violent commencement, and thou shalt see
Enter MONTANO and Tuo GENTLEMEN. an answerable sequestration ;-put but money Mon. What from the cape can you discers at in thy purse. These Moors are changeable in their wills ;-fill thy purse with money : the 1 Gent. Nothing at all: it is a high-wrought food that to him now is as luscious as locusts,
flood; shall be to him shortly as bitter as coloquintida. I cannot, 'twixt the heaven and the main, She must change for youth: when she is sated | Descry a sail. with his body, she will find the error of her Mon. Methinks, the wind hath spoke aloud choice.-She must have change, she must:
at land: therefore put money in thy purse.-If thou A fuller blast ne'er shook our battlements: wilt needs damn thyself, do it a more delicate If it hath ruffian'd so upon the sea, [them. way than drowning. Make all the money thou What ribs of oak, when mountains melt op canst: If sanctimony and a frail vow, betwixt can hold the mortise? what shall we hear of an erring barbarian and a supersubtle Vene
this? tian, be not too hard for my wits, and all the tribe 2 Gent. A segregation of the Turkish fleet: of hell, thou shalt enjoy her; therefore make For do but stand upon the foaming shore, money. A pox of drowning thyself! it is clean The chiding billow seems to pelt the clouds; out of the way: seek thou rather to be hanged The wind-shak'd surge, with high and monin compassing thy joy, than to be drowned
strous main, and go without her.
Seems to cast waier on the burning bear, $ Rod. Wilt thou be fast to my hopes, if I de- And quench the guards of the ever-fixed pole: pend on the issue?
I never did like molestation view lago. Thou art sure of me;-Go, make On th' enchated flood. money :- I have told thee often, and I re-tell Mon. If that the Turkish feet thee again and again, I hate the Moor: My Be not inshelter'd and embay'd, they are cause is hearted: thine hath no less reason:
drown'd ; llamediately.
It is impossible they bear it out.
* An ancient military word of command Change your countenance with a felse beard.
Separation 1 Wandering
The constellation near the solar star.