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Myself will be your surgeon : Lead him off. Iago. Come, come, good wine is a good fami
[To Montano, who is led of liar creature, if it be well used ; exclaim no more lago, look with care about the town ;
against it. And, good lieutenant, I think, you And silence those whom this vile brawl distract- think I love you. ed.—
Cas. have well approved it, sir.- I drunk ! Come, Desdemona ; 'tis the soldiers' life,
Iago. You, or any man living, may be drunk To have their balmy slumbers wak'd with strife. at some time, man. "I'll tell you what you shall
[Exeunt all but Iago and Cassio. do. Our general's wife is now the general ; I Iago. What, are you hurt, lieutenant ?
may say so in this respect, for that he hath deCas. Ay, past all surgery.
voted and given up himself to the contemplation, Iago. Marry, heaven forbid !
mark, and denotement of her parts and graces: -Cas. Reputation, reputation, reputation ! O, I confess yourself freely to her; importune her ; 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 dispobestial.—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 brohad 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 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. have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute Cas. You advise me well. yourself such a loser. What, man! there are Iago. I protest, in the sincerity of love, and ways to recover the general again : You are but honest kindness. now cast in his mood, a punishment more in Cas. I think it freely; and, betimes in the policy than in malice ; even so as one would beat morning, I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona his offenceless dog, to affright an imperious lion: to undertake for me: I am desperate of my forsue to him again, and he's yours.
tunes, if they check me here. Cas. I will rather sue to be despised, than to Iago. You are in the right. Good-night, deceive so good a commander, with so slight, so lieutenant ; I must to the watch. drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk? Cas. Good-night, honest Iago. [Exit Cassio. and speak parrot ? and squabble ? swagger ? Iago. And what's he then, that says,-) play swear and discourse fustian with one's own
the villain ? shadow 2-0 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 thee-devil!
To win the Moor again? For 'tis most easy Iago. What was he that you followed with The inclining Desdemona to subdue your sword ? What had he done to you? In any honest suit; she's fram'd as fruitful Cas. I know not.
As the free elements. And then for her lago. Is it possible?
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,0, 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, unmake, 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, Iago. Come, you are too severe a moraler: As And she for him pleads 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, Rothem 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 thyself a while.-By the mass, 'tis morthe issue will be I shall have so much experi- ing; ence for my pains : and so, with no money at Pleasure, and action, make the hours seem shortall, and a little more wit, retur 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.) Two 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. [Erit.
SCENE I.-Before the Castle.
Cas. Do, good my friend.-In happy time, Enter Cassio, and some Musicians.
lago. Cas. Masters, play here, I will content your Iago. You have not been a-bed then ? pains,
Cas. Why, no; the day had broke Something that's brief; and bid-good-morrow, Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago, 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: I ams 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 re1 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 wissic, 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,
[Exeunt 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. [Errent. 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 Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Gentlemen.
what. Oth. These letters give, Iago, to the pilot ; Oth. Was not that Cassio, parted from my And, by him, do my duties to the state:
wife ? That done, I will be walking on the works ; Iago. Cassio, my lord ? No, sure, I cannot Repair there to me.
think it, Tago. Well, my good lord, I'll do't.
That he would steal away so guilty-like, oth. This fortification, gentlemen,-shall we Seeing you coming. see't?
Oth. I do believe 'twas he. Gent. We'll wait upon your lordship.. Des. How now, my lord ?
[Exeunt. I have been talking with a suitor here,
A man that languishes in your displeasure. SCENE III:- Before the castle.
Oth. Who is't you mean?
Des, Why, your lieutenant Cassio. Good Enter DESDEMONA, Cassio, and EMILIA, Des. Be thou assur'd, good Cassio, I will do
If I have any grace, or power to move you, All my abilities in thy behalf.
His present reconciliation take; Emil. Good madam, do; I know it grieves For, if he be not one that truly loves you, my husband,
That errs in ignorance, and not in cunning, As if the case were his.
I have no judgment in an honest face : Des. O, that's an honest fellow. Do not I pr’ythee, call him back. doubt, Cassio,
Oth. Went he hence now? But I will have my lord and you again
Des. Ay, sooth; so humbled, As friendly as you were.
That he hath left part of his grief with me; Cas. Bounteous madam,
I suffer with him. Good love, call him back. Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio, Oth. Not now, sweet Desdemona ; some other any thing but your true servant.
time. Des. O, sir, I thank you: You do love my
Des. But shall't be shortly? lord :
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. That policy may either last so long,
Des. Why then, to-morrow night; or TuesOr feed
day morn; Or breed itself so out of circumstance, Or Tuesday noon, or night; or Wednesday That, I being absent, and my place supplied,
morn; My 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, I'll perform it (Save that, they say, the wars must make exTo the last article: my lord shall never rest;
amples 111 watch him tame, and talk him out of pa- Out of their best,) is not almost a fault
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.
Desi 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.
[Exit 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, It shall be full of poize and difficulty,
They are close denotements working from the And fearful to be granted.
heart, Olh. I will deny thee nothing:
That passion cannot rule. Whereon, I do beseech thee, grant me this, Iago. 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: Oth. Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my 1 pray thee, speak to me as to thy thinkings, soul,
As thou dost ruminate; and give thy worst of But I do love thee! and, when I love thee not, thoughts Chaos is come again.
The worst of words. Iago. My noble lord,
Iago. Good my lord, pardon me; Oth. What dost thou say, Iago ?
Though I am bound to every act of duty, Iago. 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 mak'st 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. Oth. What dost thou think?
Shapes faults that are not, I entreat you then, Iago. Think, my lord ?
From one that so imperfectly conjects, 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 wisdom, I heard thee say but now,- Thou lik’dst not that, To let you know my thoughts. When Cassio left my wife: What did'st not like? Oth. What dost thou mean? And, when I told thee-he was of my counsel Iago. Good name in man and woman, dear In any whole course of wooing, thou cry'dst, In
my lord, deed?
Is the immediate jewel of their souls: And did’st contract and purse thy brow together, Who steals my purse, steals trash ; 'tis somneAs if thou then had'st shut up in thy brain
thing, nothing; Some horrible conceit: If thou dost love me, 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thouShow me thy thought.
sands : Iugo. 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 Iago. 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. O, 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 Oth. O misery!
To grosser issues, nor to larger reach, lugo. Poor and content, is rich, and rich Than to suspicion. enough;
Oth. I will not. But riches, fineless, is as poor as winter,
Iago. Should you do so, my lord, To him that ever fears he shall be poor :- My speech should fall into such vile success Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend As
my thoughts aim not at. Cassio's my worthy From jealousy!
friend :(th. Why? why is this?
My lord, I see you are mov’d. Think'st thou, I'd make a life of jealousy, Oth. No, not much mov'd :To follow still the changes of the moon
I do not think but Desdemona's honest. With fresh suspicions ? No: to be once in doubt, Iago. Long live she so ! and long live you to Is-once to resolvid: Exchange me for a goat, think so ! When I shall turn the business of my soul Oth. And yet, how nature erring from itself, To such exsuffiicate and blown surmises, Iago. Ay, there's the point :- As-to be bold Matching thy inference. 'Tis not to make me with
Not to affect many proposed matches, To say—my wife is fair, feeds well, loves com- Of her own clime, complexion, and degree ; pany,
Whereto, we see, in all things nature tends: Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well; Foh! one may smell, in such, a will most rank, Where virtue is, these are more virtuous: Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural.Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw But pardon me; I do not, in position, The smallest fear, or doubt of her revolt; Distinctly speak of her: though I may fear, For she had eyes, and chose me: No, lago ; Her will, recoiling to her better judgment, I'll see, before I doubt ; when I doubt, prove ; May fall to match you with her country forms, And, on the proof, there is no more but this,- And (hapily) repent. Away at once with love, or jealousy.
Oth. Farewell, farewell : lago. I am glad of this ; for now I shall have | If more thou dost perceive, let me know more;
Set on thy wife to observe: Leave me, lago. To show the love and duty that I bear you Iago. My lord, I take my leave. [Going With franker spirit: therefore, as I am bound, Oth. Why did I marry ? -- This honest creaReceive it from me:- I speak not yet of proof. ture, doubtless, Look to your wife ; observe her well with Cassio; Sees and knows more, much more, than he unWear your eyemthus, not jealous, nor secure:
folds. I would not have your free and noble nature, lago. My lord, I would, I might entreat your Out of self-bounty, be abus'd; look to't :
honour I know our country disposition well;
To scan this thing no further; leave it to time: In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks And though it be fit, that Cassio have his place, They dare not show their husbands; their best (For, sure, he fills it up with great ability,) conscience
Yet, if you please to hold him off a while, Is not to leave undone, but keep unknown. You shall by that perceive him and his means : Oth. Dost thou say so?
Note, if your lady strain his entertainment lago. She did deceive her father, marrying with any strongʻor 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 lov'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;
Iago. I once more take my leave. [Exit. She that, so young, could give out such a seem- oth. 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 weremy dear heart-strings, to blame;
I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind, I humbly do beseech you of your pardon, To prey at fortune. Haply, for I am black; For too much loving you.
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 lago. I see, this hath alittle dash'd your spirits. | Into the vale of years ;--yet that's not much ;