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Caf. What noise ?

Gent. The town is empty ; on the brow oʻth' fea Stand ranks of people, and they cry, à fail.

Caf. My hopes do shape him for the Governor.

Gent. They do discharge their shot of courtesy,
Our friends, at least.

[Sound of Cannon.
Caf. I pray you, Sir, go forth,
And give us truth who 'tis that is arriv'd. -
Gent. I shall.

[Exit. Mont. But, good lieutenant, is your General wiv'd? _Caf. Most fortunately: He hath atchiev'd a maid That

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One that excels the quirks of blaz’ning pens,
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should be contained within an Does bear all excellency-] It earthly mortal form, WARB, is plain that something very hy I do not think the presenc perbolical was here intended. reading inexplicable. The auBut what is there as it stands ? thour seems to use esential, for Why this, that in the essence of existent, real. She excels the creation he bore all excellency. praises of invention, sayshe, and The expression is intolerable, and in real qualities, with which crecould never come from one who ation has invested her, bears all exso well understood the force of cellency.' words as our Poet. The essential Does bear all excellency -] vesture is the same as eljential Such is the reading of the quarform. So that the expression is tos, for which the foliu has this. nonsense. For the vesture of crea:

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valiant Caffio. What tidings can you tell me of nay Lord ?

Caf. He is not yet ärriv'd, nör know I aught But that he's well, and will be shortly here.

Def. O, but I fear-How loft you company?

Caf. The great contention of the sea and rkieswoH Parted der fellowshipi za But, harkil a fail!

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Caf. See-for the hews 1905 o b'qit 2011 Good Ancient, you are welcome. Welcome, mistrefs.

[To Emilia Let it not gall your patience, good lago, *** That I extend my manners. "Tis my breeding, That gives me this bold shew of courtesy. [Kijës her.

Iago. Sir, would she give you so much of her lips,
As of her tongue fhe oft bestows on me,
You'd have enough.

Des.: Alas! she has no speech.
Tago. In faith, too much;
I find it still, when I have list to sleep.
Marry, before your ladyship, I grant,
She puts her tongue a little in her heart,
And chides with thinking.

Æmil. You have little cause to say so.
Iago. Come on, come on; you're pictures out of

doors, Bells in your parlours, wild-cats in your kitchens, kiSaints in your injúries, devils being offendect, Players in your housewifery, and housewives in your

beds !
Def. O, y upon thee, flanderet !

Iago. Nay, it is true, or else I am & Turk;
You rife to play, and go to bed to work.

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my praise.

Æmil. You shall not write
Iago. No, let me not.
Des. What wouldst thou write of me, if thou

shou'dit praise me?
Iago. Oh gentle lady, do not put me to't,
For I am nothing, if not + critical.
Def. Come, one assay. There's one gone to the

harbour? Iago. Ah, Madam.

Des. I am not merry; but I do beguile The thing I am, by seeming otherwise. -Come, how wouldst thou praise me?

Iago. I am about it; but, indeed, invention Comes from my pate, as birdlime does from freeze, It plucks out brains and all. But my muse labours, And thus she is deliver'd,

If me be fair and wise, fairness and wit,

The one's for use, the other useth it.
Def. Well prais’d. How if she be black and witty ?
Iago. If she be black, and thereto have a wit,

She'll find a white that shall ber blackness fit.
Def. Worse and worse.
Æmil. How, if fair and foolish ?
Iago. 5 She never yet was foolish, that was fair ;

For ev’n ber folly helpt her to an heir. Des. These are old fond paradoxes, to make fools laugh i' th’alehouse. What miserable praise haft thou for her that's foul and foolish ?

We may read,

-critical.] That is, cen Yet I believe the common read. forious.

ing to be right: The law makes 5 She never get wasfvoli h, &c.] the power of cohabitation a

proof that a man is not a natuShe ne'er was get so foolish that ral; therefore, since the foolishwas fair,

est woman, if pretty, may have But ev'n her folly help'd ber 10 a child, no preity woman is ever an boir.

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lago:

Iago. There's none so foul and foolish thereunto,
But does foul pranks, which fair and, wise ones

do. Def. O heavy ignorance ! thou praisest the worst best. But what praise couldst thou bestow on a deserving woman indeed one, that in the authority of her merit, did justly put on the vouch of very malice itself? Jago. She that was ever fair, and never proud,

Had tongue at will, and yet was never loud;
Never lackt gold, and yet went 12ever gay,
Fled from her wish, and yet said, now I may;
Sbe that when anger'd, her revenge being nigh,
Bade her wrong stay, and her displeasure fly;
She that in wisdom never was so frail
To change the cod's head for the salmon's tail;

One, that in the authority of her derstanding the phrase, To put on merit, did juftly put on the vouch the vouch of malice, has alter'd it of very malice itself?] Tho' all to put down, and wrote a deal of the printed copies agree in this unintelligible ituff to justify his reading, I cannot help suspecting blunder. To put on the vouch of it. If the text should be genu- any one, signifies, to call upon ine, I confefs, it is above my un any one to vouch for another. derftanding. In what sense can So that the sense of the place is merit be said to put on the vouch this, One that was so conscious of malice? I should rather think, of her own merit, and of the aumerit was so safe in itself, as to thority her character had with repel and put off all that malice every one, that the durst venture and envy could advance and af- to call upon malice itself to vouch firm to its prejudice, I have ven

for her. This was some comiur'd to reform the text to this mendation. And the character construction, by writing put only of the clearest virtue; which down, a very night change that could force malice, even againft makes it intelligible. THEOB. its nature, to do juftice. WARB.

One, that in the authority of To put on the vouch of malice, her merit, did juftly put on the is to assume a character vouched vouch of very malice itself?] The 'by the testimony of malice iteditor, Mr. Theobald, not uns self.

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