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Enter a third GENTLEMAN.
The gutter'd rocks, and congregated sands,
Traitors ensteep'd to clog the guiltless keel, 3 Gent. News, lords ! our wars are done; 'The desperate tempest hath so bang’d the As having sense of beauty, do omit
Their mortal* natures, letting go safely by Turks,
T'be divine Desdemona. That their desigoment halts: A noble ship of
Mon. What is she? Hath seen a grievous wreck and sufferance
Cas. She that I spake of, our great captain's On most part of their feet.
captain, Mon. How! is this true?
Left in the conduct of the bold Iago; 3 Gent. The ship is here put in,
Whose footing here anticipates our thoughts, A Veronese; Michael Cassio,
A se'enight's speed.-Great Jove, Othello Lieutenant to the warlike Moor, Othello,
[breath; Is come on shore: the Moor himself's at sea,
And swell his sail with thine own powerful And is in full commission here for Cyprus. Mon. I am glad on't;,'tis a worthy governor. Make love's quick pants in Desdemona's arms,
That he may bless this bay with his tall ship, 3 Gent. But this same Cassio,—though he Give renew'd fire to our extincted
spirits, speak of comfort, Touching the Turkish loss,—yet he looks sad- And bring all Cyprus comfort !-0, behold, ly,
(parted Enter DESDEMONA, EMILIA, IAGO, RODERIGO, And prays the Moor be safe; for they were
The riches of the ship is come on shore !
Before, behind thee, and on every hand,
Enwheel thee round.
Des. I thank you, valiant Cassio.
Cus. He is not yet arriv'd; nor know I aught
But that he's well, and will be shortly here.
Des. 0, but I fear ;-How lost you com-
Cas. The great contention of the sea and
skies Cus. Thanks to the valiant of this warlike Parted our fellowship: But, hark! a sail. isle,
[Cry within, A sail, a sail! Then Guns That so approve the Moor; 0, let the heavens
heard. Give him defence against the elements, 2 Gent. They give their greeting to the citaFor I have lost him on a dangerous sea! This likewise is a friend.
[del : Mon. Is he well shipp'd ?
Cas. See for the news. [Exit GENTLEMAN. Cas. His bark is stoutly timber'd, and his Good ancient, you are welcome ;-Welcome, pilot
[To Emilia: Of very expert and approv'd allowance ;t Let it not gall your patience, good Iago, Therefore my hopes, not surfeited to death, That I extend my manners : 'tis my breeding Stand in bold cure.
That gives me this bold show of courtesy. [Within.) A sail, a sail, a sail!
lago. Sir, would she give you so much of Enter another GENTLEMAN.
her lips, Cas. What noise ?
As of her tongue she oft bestows on me,
Des. Alas, she has no speech.
lago. In faith, too much;
Marry, before your ladyship, I grant,
[Guns heard. And chides with thinking.
Emil. You have little cause to say so.
Iago. Come on, come on; you are pictures
out of doors,
[chens, 2 Gent. I shall.
(Erit. Bells in your parlours, wild cats in your kitMon. But, good lieutenant, is your general Saints in your injuries, devils being offended, wiv'd?
Players in your housewifery, and housewives
Des. O, tie upon thee, slanderer!
lago. Nay, it is true, or else I am a Turk;
Emil. You shall not write my praise.
Iago. No, let me not.
Des. What wouldst thou write of me, if
thou shouldst praise me? Re-enter second GENTLEMAN.
lago, () gentle lady, do not put me to't; 2. Gent. 'Tis one lago, ancient to the general. For I am nothing, if not critical. Cas. He has had most favourable and happy
Des. Come on, assay :-. There's one gone to speed :
the harbour. Tempests themselves, high seas, and howling
Iago. Ay, madam.
Des. I am not merry; but I do beguile * Complete. # Allowed and approved expertness Deadly, destructive. + Desire 1 Censorious,
in your beds.
The thing I am, by seeming otherwise. Cas. Lo, where he comes !
Oth. It gives me wonder great as my conAnd thus she is deliver'd.
tent, If she be fair and wise,-fairness, and wit,
To see you here before me. O my soul's joy! The one's for use, the other useth it.
If after every tempest come such calms, Des. Well prais'd! How if she be black and May the winds blow till they have waken'd witty ?
death! lago, If she be black, and thereto have a
And let the labouring bark climb hills of seas, wit,
Olympus-high; and duck again as low She'll find a white that shall her blackness fit. As hell's from heaven! If it were now to die, Des. Worse and worse.
'Twere now to be most happy; for, I fear, Emil. How, if fair and foolish ?
My soul hath her content so absolute, Iago. She never yet was foolish that was
That not another comfort like to this
Succeeds in unknown fate. For even her folly help'd her to an heir.
Des. The heavens forbid, Des. These are old fond* paradoxes, to make But thatour loves and comforts should increase, fools laugh i'the alehouse. What miserable Even as our days do grow! praise hast thou for her that's foul and fool- Oth. Amen to that, sweet powers! ish ?
I cannot speak enough of this content, Jago. There's none so foul, and foolish there. It stops me here ; it is too much of joy : unto,
[do. And this, and this, the greatest discords be, But does foul pranks which fair and wise ones
[Kissing her. Des. O heavy ignorance !-thou praisest the That e'er our hearts sball make! worst best. But what praise couldst thou Iago. 0, you are well tun'd now! bestow on a deserving woman indeed! one,
But I'll set down the pegs that make this music, that, in the authority of her merit, did justly As honest as I am.
[Aside. put on the vouch of very malice itself?
Oth. Come, let's to the castle. lago. She that was ever fair, and never News, friends; our wars are done, the Turks proud;
are drown'd. Had tongue at will, and yet was never loud;
How do our old acquaintance of this isle ?Never lack'd gold, and yet wept never gay;
Honey, you shall be well desir'de in Cyprus, Fled from her wish, and yet said, -now I may; I have found great love amongst them. O. She that, being anger'd, her revenge being
my sweet, nigh,
I prattle out of fashion,t and I dote Bade her wrong stay, and her displeasure fly: In mine own comforts.- I pr’ythee, good lago, She, that in wisdom never was so frail,
Go to the bay, and disembark my coffers : To change the cod's head for the salmon's tail; Bring thou the master to the citadel; She that could think, and ne'er disclose her He is a good one, and his worthiness mind,
Does challenge much respect.-Come, DesdeSee suitors following, and not look behind;
Once more well met at Cyprus. (mona, She was a wight,-if ever such wight were,
(Exeunt OtheLLO, DESDEMONA, and AlDes. To do what?
tendants. lago. To suckle fools, and chronicle small Iago. Do thou meet me presently at the har. beer.
bour. Come hither. Ifthou be'st valiant,--as Des. O most lame and impotent conclusion! (they say) base men, being in love, have then -Do not learn of him, Emilia, though he be a nobility in their natures more than is native thy husband.—How say you, Cassio ? is he not to them,-- list me. The lieutenant to-night a most profane and liberalt counsellor?
watches on the court of guard :- First, I must Cas. He speaks home, madam; you may re- tell thee thisDesdemona
is directly in love lish him more in the soldier, 'than in the with him. scholar.
Rod. With him? why, 'tis not possible. lago.. [Aside.) He takes her by the palm: lago. Lay thy finger-thus, and let thy soul Ay, well" said, whisper: with as little a web be instructed. Mark me with what violence as this, will 'I ensnare as great a fly as she first loved the Moor, but for bragging, and Cassio. Ay, smile upon her, do; I will gyvet telling
her fantastical lies: And will she love thee in thine own courtship. You say true; him still for prating ? let not thy discreet heart ’tis so indeed: if such tricks as these strip you think it. Her eye must be fed; and what de. out of your lieutenantry, it had been better light shall she have to look on the devil! you had not kissed your three fingers so oft, When the blood is made dull with the act of which now again you are most apt to play the sport, there should be,-again to inflame it, Sir in.ộ Very good; well kissed! an excellent and to give satiety a fresh appetite,-loveliness courtesy !|| 'tis so, indeed. Yet again your in favour; sympathy in years, manders, and fingers to your lips? would, they were clyster- beauties ; 'all which the Moor is defective in : pipes for your sake? I know his trumpet. [Trumpet.] The Moor, Now, for want of these required conveniences,
her delicate tenderness will find itself abused, Cas. 'Tis truly so.
begin to heave the gorge, disrelish and abhor Des. Let's meet him, and receive him.
the Moor; very nature will instruct ber in it,
and compel her to some second choice. Now, # Foolish, + Licentious, free-spoken.
Sir, this granted, (as it is a most pregnant and Shackle, fetter. Your good breeding and gallantry. Il Courtesy, in the sense of obeisance, was applied to
. Much solicited by invitation. + Out of method, without order.
Lasten to me
men as well as womcn.
udforced position,) who stands so eminently Till I am even with him, wife for wife; in the degree of this fortune, as Cassio does? Or, failing so, yet that I put the Moor a knave very voluble; no further conscionable, At least into a jealousy so strong [do,than in putting on the mere form of civil and That judgement cannot cure. Which thing to humane seeming, for the better compassing of įf this poor trash* of Venice, whom I trasht his salt and most hidden loose affection? why, For his quick hunting, stand the putting on, none; why, none: A slippery and subtle I'll have our Michael Cassio on the hip; knave; a finder out of occasions ; that has an Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb,teye can stamp and counterfeit advantages, For I fear Cassio with my night-cap too; though true advantage never present itself: A Make the Moor thank me, love me, and redevilish koave! besides, the knave is band. some, young; and bath all those requisites in For making bin egregiously an ass, him, that folly and green minds look after: And practising upon his peace and quiet A pestilent complete knave; and the woman Even to madness. 'Tis here, but yet confus’d; hath found him already.
Knavery's plain face is never seen, till us’d. Rod. I cannot believe that in her; she is full
[Exit. of most blessed condition.t Iago. Blessed fig's end! the wine she drinks
SCENE II.-A Street. is made of grapes: if she had been blessed, Enter a HERALD, with a Proclamation ; People she would never have loved the Moor: Blessed
following. pudding! Didst thou not see her paddle with the palm of his hand ? didst not mark that? Her. It is Othello's pleasure, our noble and
Rod. Yes, that I did ; but that was but valiant general, that, upon certain tidings now courtesy:
arrived, importing the mereg përdition of the Iago. Lechery, by this hand; an index, and Turkish fleet, ery man put himself into obscure prologue to the history of lust and foul triumph; some to dance, some to make bonthoughts. They met so near with their lips, fires, each man to what sport and revel his adthat their breaths embraced together. Villa- diction leads him; for, besides these beneficial nous thoughts, Roderigo! when these mutu
news, it is the celebration of his nuptials : So alities so marshal the way, hard at hand comes
much was his pleasure should be proclaimed. the master and main exercise, and incorporate All offices|| are open; and there is full liberty conclusion: Pish!-But,Sir, be you ruled by me: of feasting, from this present hour of five, till I have brought you from Venice. Watch you isle of Cyprus, and our noble general, Othello
the bell hath told eleven. Heaven bless the to-night; for the command, I'll lay't upon you: Cassio knows you not;- I'll not be far from
[Exeunt. you: Do you find some occasion to anger Cas
SCENE III.-A Hall in the Castle. sio, either by speaking too loud, or taintingt his discipline; or from what other course you Enter OTHELLO, DESDEMONA, Cassio, and Atplease, which the time shall more favourably
Oth. Good Michael, look you to the guard Rod. Well. Iago. Sir, he is rash, and very sudden in Let's teach ourselves that honourable stop,
to.night: choler; and, haply, with his truncheon may Not to out-sport discretion. strike at you: Provoke him, that he may: for, even out of that, will l'cause these of Cyprus But, notwithstanding, with my personal eye
Cas. Iago hath direction what to do; to mutiny; whose qualification shall come into Will I look to't, no true taste again, but by the displanting of Cassio. So shall you have a shorier journey Michael, good night: To-morrow, with our
Oth. Iago is most honest. to your desires, by the means I shall then have
[love, to prefer them; and the impediment most Let me have speech with you.-Come, my dear profitably removed, without the which there T'ne purchase made, the fruits are to ensue; were no expectation of our prosperity:
(To DESDEMONS. Rod. I will do this, if I can bring it to any That profit's yet to come 'twixt me and you.. opportunity.
Good night. Tago. I warrant thee. Meet me by and by at
[Exeunt Oth. Ves, and Åttend. the citadel: I must fetch his necessaries ashore.
(Exit. Cas. Welcome, Iago: We must to the watch. Tago. That Cassio loves her, I do well be- lago. Not this hour, lieutenant; 'tis not yet lieve it ;
[dit: ten o'clock: Our general casts us thus early, That she loves him, 'tis apt, and of great cre- for the love of his Desdemona; whom let us The Moor-howbeit that I endure him not, - not therefore blame; he hath not yet made Is of a constant, loving, noble nature;
wanton the night with her: and she is sport And, I dare think, he'll prove to Desdemona
for Jove. A most dear husband. Now I do love her too; Cus. She's a most exquisite lady. Notout of absolute lust, (though, peradventure, lago. And, I'll warrant her, full of game. I stand accountant as great a sin,)
Cas. Iudeed, she is a most fresh and deli. But partly led to diet my revenge,
cate creature. For that I do suspect the lusty Moor
Iago. What an eye she has! methinks it Hath leap'd into my seat; the thought where-sounds a parley of provocation. of
Cas. An inviting eye; and yet methinks Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my in right modest. And nothing can or shall content my soul,
+ The term for a elog put on a hound to hinder his run* Minds unripe. + Qualities, disposition of mind. ning.
1 In the grossest manner. 1 Throwing a slur upon his discipline. Perhaps. | Entire. & Rooms, or places in the castle. || To advance them,
lago. And, when she speaks, is it not an | Mon. I am for it, lieutenant; and I'll do you alarm to love?
justice. * Cas. She is, indeed, perfection.
lago. O sweet England ! lago. Well, happiness to their sheets! Come, lieutenant, I have a stoop of wine; and here
King Stephen was a worthy peer, without are a brace of Cyprus gallants, that
His breeches cost him but a croien; would fain have a measure to the health of the
He held them sirpence all too dear, black Othello.
With that he call'd the tailor-loun.
Then tak' thine auld cloak about thee.
Cas. Why, this is a more exquisite song than
the other. that was craftily qualified* too, and, behold, what innovation it makes here: I am unfor
Iago. Will you hear it again? tunate in the infirmity, and dare pot task my his place, that does those things.-Well..
Cas. No; for I hold him to be unworthy of weakness with any more.
lago. What, man! 'tis a night of revels; the Heaven's above all, and there be souls that gallants desire it.
must be saved, and there be souls must not be
saved. Cus. Where are they? Iago. Here at the door; I pray you, call
Iago. It's true, good lieutenant. them in.
Cas. For mine own part, -no offence to the Cas. I'll do't; but it dislikes me.
general, or any man of quality, I hope to be
[Erit Cassio. lago: If I can fasten but one cup upon him,
lago. And so do I too, lieutenant. With that which he bath drunk to-night al- the lieutenant is to be saved before the an
Cas. Ay, but, by your leave, not before me; ready, He'll be as full of quarrel and offence
cient. Let's bave no more of this; let's to our As my young mistress' dog. Now, my sick let's look to our business. Do not think, geo
affairs.--Forgive us our sins!--Gentlemen, fool, Roderigo, Whom love has turn d'almost the wrong side tlemen, I am drunk; this is my ancient;-this outward,
is my right band, and this is my left hand:To Desdemona hath to-night carous'd
I am not drunk now; I can stand well enough, Potations pottle deep; and he's to watch:
and speak well enough.
AU, Excellent well.
Cas. Why, very well, thep : you must pot
think then that I am drunk. The very elements of this warlike isle,
[Erit. Have I to-night fluster'd with flowing cups,
Mon. To the platform, masters; come, let's And they watch too. Now, 'mongst this flock
set the watch. of drunkards
Tago. You see this fellow, that is gone beAm I to put our Cassio in some action
fore;That may offend the isle :- But here they come:
He is a soldier, fit to stand by Cesar It consequence do but approve my dream,
And give direction: and do but see his vice; My boat sails freely, both with wind and Tis to bis virtue a just equinox, streain.
The one as long as the other: 'tis pity of him.
I fear, the trust Othello puts him in; Re-enter Cassio, with him MONTANO and On some odd time of his infirmity Gentlemen.
Will shake this island.
Mon. But is be often thus? Cus. 'Fore heaven, they have given me a rouset already.
Iago. 'Tis evermore the prologue to his sleep: Mon. Good faith, a little one; not past a
He'll watch the horologe a double set, pint, as I am a soldier.
If drink rock not his cradle.
Mon. It were well, lago. Some wine, ho!
The general were put in mind of it. And let me the cunakin clink, clink; (Sings. Perhaps, he sees it not; or his good nature And let me the canakin clink :
Prizes the virtue that appears in Cassio, A soldier's a mun ;
And looks not on his evils; Is not this true? A life's but a span; Why then, let a soldier drink.
Enter RODERIGO. Some wine, boys!
[Wine brought in.
Tago. How now, Roderigo ? Cas. 'Fore heaven, an excellent song. lago. I learned it in England, where, (in
I pray you, after the lieutenant; go.
(Erit RoperiGO. deed) they are most potent in potting: your
Mon. And 'tis great pity, that the noble Dane, your German, and your swag-bellied
(cond, Hollander,-Drink, ho!-are nothing to your should hazard such a place, as his own seEnglish. Cas. Is your Englishman so expert in his it were an honest action, to say
With one of an ingrafill intirmity : drinking ?
So to the Moor. lugo. Why, he drinks you, with facility, your Dane dead drunk; he sweats not to overthrow I do love Cassio well; and would do much
lago. Not I, for this fair island: your Almain; he gives your Hollander a vomit ere the next pottle can be filled. Cus. To the healih of our general.
+ Driok as much as you do.
+ A worthy fellow
Clown * Shily mised with water. + A little more than enough. While the clock strikes two sounds
, or four-and-wert: || Rooted, settled.
To cure him of this evil. But hark! what Mon. Worthy Othello, I am hurt to danger; noise ?
Your officer, lago, can inform you-.
By me that's said or done amiss this night;
Unless self-charity* be sometime a vice;
And to defend ourselves it be a sin, Cas. A knave!-teach me my duty!
When violence assails us.
Oth. Now, by heaven,
My blood begins my safer guides to rule ; [Striking RODERIGO. And passion, having my best judgement colMon. Nay, good lieutenant,
Assays to lead the way: If once I stir, (lied,t
Or do but lift this arm, the best of you
Shall sink in my rebuke. Give me to know
How this foul rout began, who set it on;
And he that is approv'dt in this offence,
[They fight. Though he had twinn'd with me, both at a lago. Away, I say ! go out, and cryma mu. Shall lose me.-What! in a town of war, tiny!
[ Aside to Rod. who goes out. Yet wild, the people's hearts brimful of fear, Nay, good lieutenant,-alas, gentlemen,
To Help, ho! - Lieutenant, -Sir, — Montano, In night, and on the court and guard of safety!
inapage private and domestic quarrel, Help, masters !– Here's a goodly watch, in- 'Tis monstrous.-Iago, who began it? deed !
Mon. If partially affin’d,g or leagu'd in office, Who's that that rings the bell ?-Diablo, hol
Thou dost deliver more or less than truth, The town will rise, God's will, lieutenant! Thou art no soldier. You will be sham'd for ever.
lago. Touch me not so near : (mouth,
I had rather have this tongue cut from my Enter OTHELLO, and Attendants. Than it should do offence to Michael Cassio;
Yet, I persuade myself, to speak the truth Oth. What is the matter here?
Shall nothing wrong him.-Thus it is, general. Mon. I bleed still, I am hurt to the death ;
-Montano and myself being in speech, he dies.
There comes a fellow, crying out for help; Oth. Hold, for your lives.
And Cassio following him with determin'd Iago. Hold, hold, lieutenant, Sir, Montano,
To execute upon him: Sir, this gentleman Have you forgot all sense of place and duty? Steps in to Cassio, and entreats his pause; Hold, hold! the general speaks to you ; hold, Myself:he crying fellow did pursue,
for shame! Oth. Why, how now, ho! from whence aris. The town might fall in fright: he, swift' of foot,
Lest, by his clanour, (as it so fell out,) eth this? Are we turn'd Turks; and to ourselves do that, For that I heard the clink and fall of swords,
Outran my purpose; and I returu'd the rather Which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites ?
And Cassio bigh in oath ; which, till to-night, For Christian shame, put by this barbarous I ne'er might say before: when I came back,
brawl: He that stirs next to carve for his own rage,
(For this was brief,) I found them close toge
ther, Holds his soul light; he dies upon his motion. At blow, and thrust: even as again they were, Silence that dreadful bell, it frights the isle From her propriety.—What is the matter, mas- More of this matter can'l not report :
When you yourself did part them. ters? Honest lago, that look'st dead with grieving,
But men are men; the best sometimes for
get:Speak, who began this? on thy love, I charge Though Cassio did some little wrong to him,-thee.
As men in rage strike those that wish them Tago. I do not know ;-friends all but now,
best, even now,
Yet, surely, Cassio, I believe, receiv'd, In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom From him that fled, some strange indignity, Devesting them for bed : and then, but now, Which patience could not pass. (As if some planet had unwitted men,)
Oth. I know, Iago, Swords out, and tilting one at other's breast, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, In opposition bloody, I cannot speak
Making it light to Cassio :-Cassio, I love Any beginning to this peevish odds;
But never more be officer of mine.- (thee; And ’would in action glorious I had lost These legs, that brought me to a part of it!
Enter DESDEMONA, attended. Oth. How comes it, Michael, you are thus Look, if my gentle love be not rais’d up;forgot?
I'll make thee an example. Cas. I pray you, pardon me, I cannot speak. Des. What's the matter, dear? Oth. Worthy Montano, you were wont be Oth, All's well now, sweeting; Come away civil;
to bed. The gravity and stillness of your youth Sir, for your hurts, The world bath noted, and your name is great Myself will be your surgeon: Lead him ofi. In mouths of wisest censure ; What's the mat
[To MONTANO who is led 011". That you unlace your reputation thus, [ter, lago, look with care about the town; And spend your rich opinion, for the name And silence those whom this vile brawl disOf a night-brawler? Give me answer to it.
tracted. # A wicker bottle.
* Care of one's self.
+ Darkened. #1.c You have thus forgot yourself.
Convicted by proof, Related by nearness of office.