Imatges de pàgina

Def. Why, this is not a boon:
'Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves,
Or feed on nourishing nicats, or keep you warm ;
Or sue to you to do peculiar profit
To your own person. Nay, when I have suit
Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed,
It shall be full of poize and difficulty,
And fearful to be granted.

Oth. I will deny thee nothing.
Whereon I do beseech thee grant me this,
To leave me but a little to myself.

Def. Shall I deny you? no: farewel, my Lord.
Oih. Farewel, my Desdemona, I'll come straight.

Def. Æmilia, come ; be as your fancies teach you ; Whate'er you be, I am obedient.

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Manent Othello and lago.
Oih. Excellent 5!wench !'perdition catch my soul,
But I do love thee; and when I love thee not,
Chaos is come again.

Ingo. My noble Lord!
Oib. What dost thou say, Iago ?

Iago. Did Michael Casio, when you woo'd my Lady, Krow of your love?

Oth. He did from first to last; why dost thou ask?

Iago. But for a satisfaction of my thought,
No further harm.

Oih. Why of thy thought, Iago ?
lago. I did not think he'd been acquainted with it,

Iago. (a) The word Wench heretofore carried in it a sense no ways scornful

disparaging, such as modern times have annex'a 10 it: It fignified a young woman, often an amiable woman, so that some have thoughe is a corruption only from the word Venus. In the play of Antony and Cleopatra Ad 2. Sc. 3. it is thus used: Cleopatra is called, Royal Wench! and in this Play again A&t 5. Sc. 9. O ill starr'd Wench! So in Fletcher's Bloody Brother Rollo in the midp of his mos paffionato and respeetful addresses to Edith calls her Wench. A&t 5. Sc. 2.

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Oth. O yes, and went between us very oft.
Iago. Indeed?

Oth. Indeed! ay, indeed. Discern'st thou aught of that? Is he not honeft?

Iago. Honest, my Lord!
Oih. Honest! ay, honest.
Iago. My Lord, for aught I know.
Oih. What dost thou think?
Iago. Think, my Lord ?

Oib. Think, my Lord! why, by heav'n, thou echo'st
As if there were some monster in thy thought
Too hideous to be shewn. Thou doft mean something:

I heard thee say but now, thou lik’dst not that,
When Casio left my wife. What did ft not like?
And when I told thee, he was of my counsel,
In my whole course of wooing ; thou cry'dít, indeed?
And didft contract and purse thy brow together,
As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain

Some horrible conceit: if thou dost love me, -s Shew me thy thought.

Iago. My Lord, you know I love you,

Oib. I think thou dost :
And for I know thou’rt full 6/of honesty,
And weigh'st thy words before thou giv'st them breath,
Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more :
For such things, in a false disloyal knave,
Are tricks of custom ; but in a man that's just,
They're ? distillations' working from the heart,
That passion cannot rule.

Iago. For Michael Cassio,
I dare be sworn, I think, that he is honest.

Olb. I think so too.

Iago. Men should be what they seem.
Or those that be not, would they might seem none !

Oth. Certain, men should be what they seem.
Iago. Why, then I think Caffio's an honest man.
Oth. Nay, yet there's more in this;

I pray

6 of love and honesty,

7 cold dilations or close denotements

I pray thee speak to me as to thy thinkings,
As thou doft ruminace ; and give thy worst
Of thoughts the worst of words.

Iago. Good my Lord, pardon me.
Tho' I am bound to every act of duty,
I am not bound to that all naves are free to ;
Utter my thoughts ! —-Why, say they're vile and false,
As where's that palace whereinto foul things
Sometimes intrude not? who has a breast so pure,
But some uncleanly apprehensions
Keep leets and law-days, and in sessions fit
With meditations lawful?

Oth. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, lago,
If thou but think'st him wrong'd, and mak’it his ear
A stranger to thy thoughts.

ligo. I do beseech you,
s 'Cause' I perchance am vicious in my guess :
As I confess it is my nature's plague
To spie into abuse, and oft my jealousie
Shapes faults that are not ; I intreat you then,
From one that so imperfectly conceits,
Your wisdom would not build your self a trouble
Out of my scattering and unsure observance:
It were not for your quiet, nor your good,
Nor for my manhood, honesty and wisdom,
To let


know my thoughts. Olb. What dost thou mean?

Iago. Good name in man and woman, dear my Lord, ¥s the immediate jewel of their souls. Who steals my purse steals trash, 'cis something, nothing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been Nave to thousands ; But he that filches from me my good name, Robs me of that, which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.

Oih. I'll know thy thoughts

Iago. You cannot, if my heart were in your hand; Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.

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Oih. Ha!

Iago. Oh, beware, my Lord, of jealousie:
It is a green-ey'd monster, which doch 9 /make
The meat ic feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who certain of his face, loves not his wronger ;
But oh, what damned minutes tells he o'er,
Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strongly loves!

Otb. Oh misery!

Iago. Poor and content, is rich, and rich enough;
But riches endless, is as poor as winter,
To him that ever fears he shall be poor.
Good heaven the souls of all my tribe defend
From jealousie !

Oth. Why? why is this?
Think'st thou I'd make a life of jealoufie?
To follow still the changes of the moon
With fresh suspicions? No; to be once in doubt is
i At once to be resolv'd. Exchange me for a goat,
When I shall turn the business of my soul
To such : /exsuffolate and blown surmises,
Matching thy inference. 'Tis not to make me jealous,
Te fay my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company,
Is free of speech, lings, plays, and dances well;
Where virtue is, there are most virtuous.
Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw
The smallest fear, or doubt of her revolt
For she had eyes, and chofe me. No, lago,
I'll fee before I doubt; when I doubt, prove ;
And on the proof, there is no more but this,
Away at once with love, 3 land jealousie.

lago. I'm glad of this; for now I shall have reason
To Thew the love and duty that I bear you
With franker spirit. Therefore, as I'm bound,
Receive it from me. I speak not yet of proof.
Look to your wife, observe her well with Callia,
Wear your eye, thus ; not jealous, nor fecure ;
I would not have your free and noble nature

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Out of self-bounty be abus'd; look to't.
I know our country difpofition well;
In Venice they do let heav'n see the pranks
They dare not thew their husbands; their best conscience
Is not to leave't undone, but keep't unknown.

Oth. Doft thou fay so?

Iago. She did deceive her father, marrying you; And when she feem'd to shake, and fear your looks, She lov'd them moft.

Otb. And so she did.

Iago. Go to then;
She that so young could give out such a seeming
To seal her father's eyes up, close as oak
He thought 'twas witchcraft-but I'm much to blame:
I humbly do beseech you of your pardon,
For too much loving you.

Otb. I'm bound to you for ever.
Iago. I see this hath a little dalh'd your spirits.
Oih. Not a jot, not a jot.
lago. Trust me, I fear it has:
I hope you will consider what is spoke
Comes from my love. But I do see you're mov'd-
I am to pray you not to strain my speech
To grosser issues, nor to larger reach,
Than to suspicion.

Otb. I will not.

lago. Should you do fo, my Lord,
My speech would fall into such vile success,
Which my thoughts aim not at. Caffio's my worthy friend.
My Lord, I see you're mov'd

O:b. No, not much mov'd
I do not think but Desdemona's honest.

Iago. Long live the fo ; and long live you to think fo!
Oth. And yet how nature erring from it self-

lago. Ay, there's the point ; — as (to be bold with you) Not to affect many proposed matches Of her own clime, complexion and degree, Whereto we see in all things nature tends :


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