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Bra. What profane wretch art thou ? With the Moor, say'st thou ?- Who would be a
lago. I am one, sir, that comes to tell you, father! your daughter and the Moor are now making How didst thou know 'twas she?-0, thou dethe beast with two backs.
ceiv'st me Bra. Thou art a villain.
Past thought !-What said she to you?-Get Iago. You are a senator.
more tapers ; Bra. This thou shalt answer; I know thee, Raise all my kindred.- Are they married, think
Bra. O heaven !-How got she out?-0 treaIf't be your pleasure, and most wise consent
son of the blood ! (As partly, I find, it is,) that your fair daughter, Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' Àt this odd-even and dull watch o’the night,
minds Transported with no worse nor better guard, By what you see
eethem act.–Are there not charms, But with a knave of common hire, a gondolier, - By which the property of youth and maidhood To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor, May be abus'd? Have you not read, Roderigo, If this be known to you, and your allowance, Of some such thing? We then have done you bold and saucy wrongs ; Rod. Yes, sir; I have indeed. But, if you know not this, my manners tell me, Bra. Call up my brother.-0, that you had We have your wrong rebuke. Do not believe,
had her! That, from the sense of all civility,
Some one way, some another.- Do you know I thus would play and trifle with your reverence: Where we may apprehend her and the Moor? Your daughter,-if you have not given her Rod. I think, I can discover him; if you please leave,
To get good guard, and go along with me. I say again, hath made a gross revolt ;
Bra. Pray you, lead on. At every house I'll Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes, In an extravagant and wheeling stranger, I may command at most ;-Get weapons,
ho! Of here and every where : Straight satisfy your- And raise some special officers of night.self:
On, good Roderigo ;-I'll deserve your pains. If she be in her chamber, or your house,
[Exeunt. Let loose on me the justice of the state For thus deluding you.
SCENE II.--The same. Another street. Bra. Strike on the tinder, ho! Give me a taper ;-call up all my people :
Enter OTHELLO, sago, and Attendants. This accident is not unlike my dream,
Iago. Though in the trade of war I have slain Belief of it oppresses me already :
men, Light, I say ! 'light! [Exit from above. Yet do I hold it very stuff o'the conscience
Tago. Farewell; for I must leave you : To do no contriv'd murder ; I lack iniquity It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place, Sometimes, to do me service: Nine or ten times To be produc'd (as, if I stay, I shall,)
I had thought to have yerk’d him here under the Against the Moor : For, I do know, the state,
ribs. However this may gall him with some check,- Oth. 'Tis better as it is. Cannot with safety cast him; for he's embark'd Iago. Nay, but he prated, With such loud reason to the Cyprus wars, And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms (Which even now stand in act,) that, for their Against your honour, souls,
That, with the little godliness I have, Another of his fathom they have not,
I did full hard forbear him. But, I pray, sir, To lead their business : in which regard, Are you fast married ? for, be sure of this,Though I do hate him as I do hell pains, That the magnifico is much beloved ; Yet, for necessity of present life,
And hath, in his effect, a voice potential I must show out a flag and sign of love,
As double as the duke's; he will divorce you ; Which is indeed but sign. That you shall surely Or put upon you what restraint and grievance find him,
The law (with all his might, to enforce it on,) Lead to the Sagittary the rais'd search; Will give him cable. And there will I be with him. So, farewell. Oth. Let him do his spite :
[Exit. My services, which I have done the signiory,
Shall out-tongue his complaints. 'Tis yet to Enter, below, Brabantio, and Servants with
(Which, when I know that boasting is an honour, Bra. It is too true an evil : gone she is ; I shall promulgate,) I fetch my life and being And what's to come of my despised time, From men of royal siege ; and my demerits Is nought but bitterness. --Now, Roderigo, May speak, unbonneted, to as proud a fortune Where didst thou see her ?-0, unhappy girl!-- | As this that I have reach'd : For know, Iago,
But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
Bra. O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow'd I would not my unhoused free condition
iny daughter? Put into circumscription and confine
Damn'd as thou art, thou hast enchanted her: For the sea's worth. But, look! what lights For I'll refer me to all things of sense, come yonder ?
If she in chains of magic were not bound,
Whether a maid-so tender, fair, and happy; Enter Cassio, at a distance, and certain Officers So opposite to marriage, that she shunn'd with torches.
The wealthy curled darlings of our nation, Iago. These are the raised father, and his Would ever have, to incur a general mock, friends :
Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom You were best go in.
Of such a thing as thou: to fear, not to delight. Oth. Not I: I must be found;
Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sense, My parts, my title, and my perfect soul, That thou hast practisid on her with foul charms; Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they? Abus'd her delicate youth with drugs or mineIago. By Janus, I think no.
rals, Oth. The servants of the duke, and my lieu- That waken'd motion :—I'll have it disputed on; tenant.
'Tis probable, and palpable to thinking. The goodness of the night upon you, friends! I therefore apprehend and do attach thee, What is the news?
For an abuser of the world, a practiser Cas. The duke does greet you, general ; Of arts inhibited and out of warrant:And he requires your haste-post-haste appearance, Lay hold upon him; if he do resist, Even on the instant.
Subdue him at his peril. Oth. What is the matter, think you ?
Oth. Hold your hands, Cas. Something from Cyprus, as I may divine; Both you of my inclining, and the rest : It is a business of some heat : the gallies Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it Have sent a dozen sequent messengers
Without a prompter. Where will you, that I go This very night at one another's heels; To answer this your charge? And many of the consuls, rais'd, and met, Bra. To prison : till fit time Are at the duke's already : You have been hotly Of law, and course of direct session, call’d for;
Call thee to answer. When, being not at your lodging to be found, Oth. What if I do obey ? The senate hath sent about three several quests, How may the duke be therewith satisfied, To search you out.
Whose messengers are here about my side, Oth. 'Tis well I am found by you.
Upon some present business of the state,
[Exit. Off: Tis true, most worthy signior, Cas. Ancient, what makes he here?
duke's in council ; and your noble self, Iago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land I am sure, is sent for. carack;
Bra. How! the duke in council ! If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever. In this time of the night !-Bring him away: Cas. I do not understand.
Mine's not an idle cause: the duke himself, Iago. He's married.
Or any of my brothers of the state, Cas. To who?
Cannot but feel this wrong, as 'twere their own:
For if such actions may have passage free, Re-enter OTHELLO.
Bond-slaves, and pagans, shall our statesmen be. Iago. Marry, to—Come, captain, will you go?
(Eseunt. Oih. Have with you.
Cas. Here comes another troop to seek for you. SCENE III.- The same. A council-chamber. Enter BRABANTIO, RODERIGO, and Officers of The Duke and Senators, sitting at a table ; night, with torches and weapons.
Officers attending Iago. It is Brabantio :-General, be advised : Duke. There is no composition in these news, He comes to bad intent.
That gives them credit. Oth. Holla! stand there!
i Sen. Indeed, they are disproportion'd; Rod. Signior, it is the Moor.
My letters say, a hundred and seven gallies. Bra. Down with him, thief!
Duke. And mine, a hundred and forty. [They draw on both sides. 2 Sen. And mine, two hundred : Iago. You, Roderigo! come, sir, I am for you. But though they jump not on a just account, Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew (As in these cases, where the aim reports, will rust them.
'Tis oft with difference,) yet do they all confira Good signior, you shall more command with | A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus years,
Duke. Nay, it is possible enough to judgment; Than with your weapons.
I do not so secure me in the error,
E But the main article I do approve
Bra. Su did I yours: good your grace, pardon In fearful sense.
me ; Sailor. [Within.] What ho! what ho! what Neither my place, nor aught I heard of business,
Hath rais'd me from my bed; nor doth the ge
neral care Enter an Officer, with a Sailor.
Take hold on me; for my particular grief
Is of so flood-gate and o'erbearing nature,
That it engluts and swallows other sorrows,
Duke. Why, what's the matter?
Bra. My daughter ! O, my daughter !
Bra. Ay, to me;
She is abus'd, stolen from me, and corrupted By no assay of reason ; 'tis a pageant,
By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks : To keep us in false gaze: When we consider For nature so preposterously to err, The importancy of Cyprus to the Turk; Being not deficient, blind, or lame of sense, And let ourselves again but understand, Sans witchcraft could notThat, as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes, Duke. Whoe'er he be, that, in this foul proSo may he with more facile question bear it,
ceeding, For that it stands not in such warlike brace, Hath thus beguild your daughter of herself, But altogether lacks th' abilities
And you of her, the bloody book of law That Rhodes is dress'd in :-if we make thought You shall yourself read in the bitter letter, of this,
After your own sense; yea, though our proper son We must pot think, the Turk is so unskilful, Stood in your action. To leave that latest, which concerns him first; Bra. Humbly I thank your grace. Neglecting an attempt of ease, and gain, Here is the man, this Moor; whom now, it seems, To wake, and wage, a danger profitless. Your special mandate, for the state affairs, Duke. Nay, in all confidence, he's not for Hath hither brought. Rhodes.
Duke & Sen. We are very sorry for it. Off Here is more news,
Duke. What, in your own part, can you say to this?
[To Othelló. Enter a Messenger.
Bra. Nothing, but this is so. Mess. The Ottomites, reverend and gracious, Oth. Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors, Steering with due course toward the isle of My very noble and approv'd good masters, Rhodes,
That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter, Have there injointed them with an after fleet. It is most true; true, 'I have married her; I Sen. Ay, so I thought :-How many, as you The very head and front of my offending guess ?
Hath this extent, no more. Rude am I in my Mess. Of thirty sail : and now do they re-stem speech, Their backward course, bearing with frank ap- And little bless'd with the set phrase of peace ; pearance
For since these arms of mine had seven years' pith, Their purposes toward Cyprus.-Signior Mon- Till now, some nine moons wasted, they have us'd tano,
Their dearest action in the tented field; Your trusty and most valiant servitor,
And little of this great world can I speak, With his free duty recommends you thus, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle ; And prays you to believe him.
And therefore little shall I grace my cause, Drike.' 'Tis certain then for Cyprus.
In speaking for myself: Yet, by your gracious Marcus Lucchese, is he not in town?
patience, 1 Sen. He's now in Florence.
I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver Duke. Write from us; wish him post-post-of my whole course of love ; what drugs, what haste: despatch.
charms, i Sen. Here comes Brabantio, and the valiant What conjuration, and what mighty magic, Moor.
(For such proceeding I am charg'd withal,)
I won his daughter with. Enter BRABANTIO, OTHELLO, lago, RODERIGO,
Bra. A maiden never bold; and Officers.
Of spirit so still and quiet, that her motion Duke. Valiant Othello, we must straight em- Blush'd at herself; and she,-in spite of nature, ploy you
Of years, of country, credit, everything, gainst the general enemy Ottoman.
To fall in love with what she fear'd to look on did not see you; welcome, gentle signior ; It is a judgment maim'd, and most imperfect,
[To Brabantio. That will confess-perfection so could err Ve lack'd your counsel and your help to-night. | Against all rules of nature; and must be driven VOL. 11.
To find out practices of cunning hell,
That my youth suffer'd. My story being done, Why this should be. I therefore vouch again, She gave me for my pains a world of sighs: That with some mixtures powerful o'er the blood, She swore,-In faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing Or with some dram conjur’d to this effect,
strange ; He wrought upon her.
'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful: Duke. To vouch this, is no proof;
She wish'd, she had not heard it; yet she wish'a Without more certain and more overt test, That heaven had made her such a man : sbe Than these thin habits, and poor likelihoods
thank'd me; Of modern seeming, do prefer against him. And bade me, if I had a friend that lor'd her, · Sen. But, Othello, speak;
I should but teach him how to tell my story, Did you, by indirect and forced courses, And that would woo her. Upon this hint, I Subdue and poison this young maid's affections ? spake: Or came it by request, and such fair question She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd; As soul to soul affordeth?
And I lov'd her, that she did pity them. Oth. I do beseech you,
This only is the witchcraft I have us'd;
Here comes the lady, let her witness it.
Enter DESDEMONA, Iago, and Attendants. The trust, the office, I do hold of you,
Duke. I think, this tale would win my daugtNot only take away, but let your sentence
ter too.-Even fall upon my life.
Good Brabantio, Duke. Fetch Desdemona hither.
Take up this mangled matter at the best : Cth. Ancient, conduct them; you best know Men do their broken weapons rather use,
the place.- [Ereunt Iugoand Attendants. Than their bare hands. And, till she come, as truly as to heaven
Bra. I pray you, hear her speak: I do confess the vices of my blood,
If slie conless, that she was haif the wocer, So justly to your grave ears I'll present Destruction on my head, if my bad blame How I did thrive in this fair lady's love, Light on the man !-Ccine hither, gentle misAnd she in mine.
tress; Duke. Say it, Othello.
Do you perceive, in all this noble company,
Des. My noble father,
To you, I am bound for life, and education ;
husband; Of hair-breadth scapes i’the imminent deadly And so much duty as my mother show'd breach;
To you, preferring you before her father,
So much I challenge, that I may profess
Bra. God be with you I have done: Wherein of antres vast, and desarts idle, Please it your grace, on to the state affairs; Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads I had rather to adopt a child, than get it touch heaven,
Come hither, Moor: It was my hint to speak, such was the process; I here do give thee that with all my heart, And of the Cannibals that each other eat, Which, but thou hast already, with all my heart The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads I would keep from thee.- For your sake, jewel, Do grow beneath their shoulders. These things I am glad at soul I have no other child ; to hear,
For thy escape would teach me tyranny, Would Desdemona seriously incline:
To hang clogs on them.-1 hare done, my lord. But still the house affairs would draw her thence; Duke. Let me speak like yourself; and lay s Which ever as she could with haste despatch,
sentence, She'd come again, and with a greedy ear Which, as a grise, or step, may help these loven Devour up my discourse: Which I observing, Into your favour. Took once a pliant hour; and found good means When remedies are past, the griefs are ended, To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart, By seeing the worst, which late on hopes de That I would all my pilgrimage dilate,
pended. Whereof by parcels she had something heard, To mourn a mischief that is past and gone, But not intentively: I did consent;
Is the next way to draw new mischief on. And often did beguile her of her tears, What cannot be preserv'd when fortune takes, When I did speak of some distressful stroke, Patience her injury a mockery maker
The robb'd, that smiles, steals something from
Have a free way. the thief;
Vouch with me, heaven ; I therefore beg it not, He robs himself, that spends a bootless grief. To please the palate of my appetite;
Bra. So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile; Nor to comply with heat, the young affects, We lose it not, so long as we can smile. In my distinct and proper satisfaction ; He bears the sentence well, that nothing bears But to be free and bounteous to her mind : But the free comfort, which from thence he And heaven defend your good souls, that you hears :
think But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow, I will your serious and great business scant, That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow. For she is with me: No, when light-wing'd toys These sentences, to sugar, or to gall,
Of feather'd Cupid seel with wanton dulness Being strong on both sides, are equivocal : My speculative and active instruments, But words are words ; I never yet did hear, That
my disports corrupt and taint my business, That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the Let housewives make a skillet of my helm,
And all indign and base adversities I humbly beseech you, proceed to the affairs of Make head against my estimation ! state.
Duke. Be it as you shall privately determine, Duke. The Turk with a most mighty prepa- Either for her stay, or going: the affair criesration makes for Cyprus :-Othello, the forti- baste, tude of the place is best known to you: And And speed must answer it ; you must hence tothough we have there a substitute of most al
night. lowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a sovereign mis- Des. To-night, my lord ? tress of effects, throws a more safer voice on Duke. This night. you : you must therefore be content to slubber
Oth. With all my heart. the gloss of your new fortunes with this more Duke. At nine i'the morning here we'll meet stubborn and boisterous expedition.
again. Oth. The tyrant custom, most grave senators, Othello, leave some officer behind, Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war And he shall our commission bring to you; My thrice-driven bed of down: I do agnize With such things else of quality and respect, A natural and prompt alacrity,
As doth import you.
Oth. Please your grace, my ancient ;
With what else needful your good grace shall Due reference of place, and exhibition;
think With such accommodation, and besort,
To be sent after me. As levels with her breeding.
Duke. Let it be so. Duke. If you please,
Good night to every one.-And, noble signior, Be't at her father's.
[To Brabantio. Bra. I'll not have it so.
If virtue no delighted beauty lack, Oth. Nor I.
Your son-in-law is far more fair than black. Des. Nor I ; I would not there reside,
1 Sen. Adieu, brave Moor! use Desdemona To put my father in impatient thoughts,
well. By being in his eye. Most gracious duke, Bra. Look to her, Moor; have a quick eye to To my unfolding lend a gracious ear;
see ; And let me find a charter in your voice, She has deceiv'd her father, and may thee. To assist my simpleness.
[Exeunt Duke, Senators, Officers, &c. Duke. What would you, Desdemona ?
Oth. My life upon her faith.-Honest lago, Des. That I did love the Moor to live with My Desdemona must I leave to thee ; him,
I pr’ythee, let thy wife attend on her;
Of love, of worldly matters and direction,
To spend with thee: we must obey the time. And to his honours and his valiant parts,
[Exeunt Othello and Desdemona. Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate.
Rod. Iago. So that, dear lords, if I be left behind,
lago. What say'st thou, noble heart? A moth of peace, and he go to the war,
Rod. What will I do, thinkest thou ? The rites, for which I love him, are bereft me, Iago. Why, go to bed, and sleep. And I a heavy interim shall support
Rod. I will incontinently drown myself. By his dear absence : Let me go with him. Iago. Well, if thou dost, I shall never love Oth. Your voices, lords :-'beseech you, let thee after it. Why, thou silly gentleman ! ber will
Rod. It is silliness to live, when to live is a