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timor any nation, a lady, recimo

4 Wherein of santres vast, and defarts idle, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills, whose heads touch

heav'n, • It was my hint to speak ; such was the process;



(1E7E 910 Mr. Pope has restored a line, ry, but of nature and manners. to which there is little objection, It is no wonder that, in but which has no force. I be

recluse, lieve portance was the authour's timorous, and delicate, Thould word in some revised copy, I desire to hear of events and scenes read thus,

which she could never fee, and Of being-fold

thould admire the man who had To savery, of my redemption endured dangers, and performed thence,

actions, which, however great, And portance in't ; my travel's were yet magnified by her timibiflory,

dity, My redemption from flavery, and Wherein of antres vast, and debebaviour in it.

Jarts idle, &c.] Thus it is 4. Wherein of antres vaft, &c.] in all the old editions : But Mr. Discourses of this nature made Pope has thought fit to change the subject of the politest conver- the epithet, Defarts idle ; in ibe sations, when voyages into, and former editions ; (says he) doubtdiscoveries of, the new world lefs, a corruption from wilde. were all in vogue. So when the But he must pardon me, if I do Baflard Fauconbridge, in King not concur in thinking this fo. John, describes the behaviour of doubtless. I don't know whe: her upstart greatness, he makeš öne Mr. Pope has observed it, but I of the effential circumstances of know that Shakespeure, especially it to be this kind of table-talk. in descriptions, is fond of ufing The fashion then running altoge. the more uncommon word, in a ther in this way, it is no wonder poetick latitude. And idle, in а young lady of quality should several other passages, he embe ftruck with the hiftory of an ploys in these acceptations, wild, adventurer. So that Rymer, who welis , uncultivated, &c, THEOB, profeffedly ridicules this whole Every mind is liable to absence circumstance, and the noble au and inadvertency, elle Pope could thor of the Characteristics, who never have rejected a word so pomore obliquely sneers it, only etically beautiful. expose their own ignorance.

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POPE, Whoever ridicules this account Rather caves and dens. of the progress of love, thews 6 It was my hint to Speak;-) his ignorance, not only of hifto- This implies it as done by a trap


And of the Canibals that each other eat,
The Anthropophagi ; and ? 'men whose heads
Do grow beneath their shoulders. All these to hear
Would Desdemona seriously incline;
But still the house-affairs would draw her thence,
Which ever as she could with haste dispatch,
She'd come again, and with a greedy ear
Devour up my discourse : which I observing, ,
Took once a pliant hour, and found good means

To draw from her a pray’r of earnest heart,
That I would all my pilgrimage dilate ;
Whereof by parcels the had something heard,
But not intențively. I did consent,
And often did beguile her of her tears,
When I did speak of some distressful stroke
That my youth suffer’d. My story being done,
She gave me for my pains : a world of lighs :
She swore, “ In faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing

st 'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful”.
She wilh’d, she had not heard it ;-yet she wish'd,
That heav'n had made her such a man.-She thank'd

And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her,
I should but teach him how to tell my story,




Jaid for her: But the old Quarto

men whose beads reads Hent, i. e. use, custom. Do grow beneath their shoul. WARBURTON.

ders. -] Of these men Hent is not use in Shakes; eare, there is an account in the internor, I believe, in any other au- polated travels of Mandeville, a thour ; hint, or cue, is common book of that time. ly used for occafion of speech,

a world of highs :) It which is explained by, such was was kisses in the later editions : the process, that is, the course of But this is evidently the true the tale required it. If bent be reading. The lady had been restored, it may be explained by forward indeed to give him a handle. I had a hardle, or op world of kiles upon the bare reportunity to speak of Cannibals. cital of his story; nor does it agree

with the following lines. POPE.


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And that would woo her. On this hint I fpake,
She lov'd me for the dangers I had past,
And I lov'd her, that she did pity them;
This only is the witchcraft I have us’d.
Here comes the lady, let her witness it.

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Enter Desdemona, lago, and Attendants.
Duke. I think this tale would win my daughter

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up this mangled matter at the best. Men do their broken weapons rather use, Than their bare hands.

Bra. I pray you, hear her speak;
If the confess that she was half the wooer,
Destruction on my head, if my bad blame
Light on the man! Come hither, gentle mistress,
Do you perceive in all this noble company,
Where you most owe obedience?

Def. My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty;
To you I'm bound for life and education,
My life and education both do learn me
How to respect you. You're the Lord of duty;
I'm hitherto your daughter. But here's my husband

And so niuch duty as my mother shew'd
To you, preferring you before her father;
So much I challenge, that I may profess
Due to the Moor, my Lord. .

Bra. God be with you. I have done.
Please it your Grace, on to the State-affairs
I had rather to adopt a child, than get it.
Come hither, Moor ;

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I here do give thee that with all my heart,
Which, but thou hast already, with all my heart,
I would keep from thee. For your fake, jewel,
I'm glad at foul I have no other child;
For thy escape would teach me tyranny,
To hang clogs on them. I have done, my Lord.
Duke. Let me speak like yourself ; and lay a sen-

Which, as a grife, or step, may help these lovers
“ Into your favour”.
When remedies are past, the griefs are ended
By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended.
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone,
Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
What cannot be preserv'd when Fortune takes,
Patience her injury a mockery makes.
The robb’d, that smiles, steals something fromthethief;
He robs himself, that spends a bootless grief.

Bra. So, let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile, We lose it not, so long as we can smile; He bears the sentence well, that nothing bears ? But the free comfort which from thence he hears; But he bears both the sentence, and the forrow, That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow, These sentences, to sugar or to gall, Being strong on both sides, are equivocal.

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9 Let me speak like your self ;] Hanmer's makes any alteration. It should be, like our self, i. e.

The Duke seems to mean, when Let me meditate between you as he says he will speak like Bra becomes a prince and common bantio, that he will speak sentenfather of his people: For the tiously, prince's opinion, here delivered, The passages marked thus was quite contrary to Brabantio's (") are wanting in the folio, but sentiment. WARBURTON. found in the quarto. Hanmer reads,

· But the free comfort which Let me now speak more like from thence he hears ;] But

the moral precepts of.consolation, Dr. Warburton's emendation is which are liberally bestowed on fpecious; but I do not see how occasion of the sentence.


your self.

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ELLO, į: 2 But words are words; I never yet did hear, That the bruis?d heart was pieced through the ear. Beseech you, now to the affairs o' th State,

Duke.' The Turk with a mighty preparation makes for Cyprus. Otbello, the fortitude of the place is beft known to you; and though we have there a substitute of most allowed fufficiency; yet opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safe voice on you; you must therefore be content to Nubber the glofs of your new fortunes, with this more stubborn and bojsterous expedition.

Otb. The tyrant custom, molt grave fenatorski
Hath made the flinty and fteel couch of war
My 3 thrice driven bed of down. I do agnize
A natural and prompt alacrity
I find in hardness; and do undertake
This present war against the Ottomites.
Most humbly therefore bending to your State,
4 I crave fit disposition for my wife,
Pue reference of place, and exhibition,


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? But words are words; I never That the bruisid heart was yet did hear,

pieced through the car. That the bruis'd heart was i. &. That che wognds of forrow pierced through the ear.

r.] were ever cur’d, or a man made The Duke had by fage sentences beart-whole meerly by words of been exporting Brabantio to pa- consolation. WARBURTON. tience, and to forget the gries of 3-thrice-driven bed of down.] his daughter's stol'n marriage, to A driven bed, is a bed for which which Brabantio is made very the feathers are felected, by dripertinently to reply to this effect: ving with a fan, which feparates My lord, I apprehend very well the the light from the heavy. wisdom of your advice; but thop

4.IS crave fit difpofition for my you would comfort me, words are wife, but words; and the heart, already Due reference of place, and exbruis’d, was nerer pierc'd, or bibition, &c.] I defire that wounded, through the ear. It is a proper disposition be made for obvious that the text must be re- my wife, that she may have preftor'd thus,

cedency, and revenue, accom


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