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Oth. Oh villain !
Lod. Now, here's another discontented paper,
Oth. Oh thou pernicious caitiff?
Caf. I found it in my chamber;
Oth. Oh fool, fool, fool !
Cas. There is, besides, in Rodoriga's letter,
Lod. You must forsake this room, and go with us; Your pow'r and
command is taken off,
Oih. Boft you ; a word or two, before you go.
of one, whose band,
Like the base fudian, threw a pearl away
down this :
[To Defdem. Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
Richer than all bis Tribe.] I have restored, Judian, from the Elder Quarto, as the genuine and more eligible Reading. Mr. Pepe thinks, this was occafioned probably by the Word Tribe just after : I have many Reasons to oppose to this Opinion. In the first Place, the most ignorant Indian, I believe, is so far the Reverse of the Dungbil Cock in the Fable, as to know the Efimation of a Pearl, beyond that of a Barley-corn. So that, in that respect, the Thought itself would not be just. Then, if our Author had designed to reMeet on the Ignorance of the Indian without any farther Reproach, he would have called him rude, and not, base. Again, I am persuaded, as my Friend Mr. Warburton long ago observed, the Phrase is not here literal, but metaphorical: and, by his Pearl, our Author very properly means a fine Woman. But Mr. Pope objects farther to read.. ing Judian, because, to make Sense of this, we muft
, pre-suppoje fone particular Story of a Jew alluded to; wbich is much less obvious : But has Shakespeare never done this, but in this fingle Instance ? I am satisfied, in his Judian, he is alluding to Herod; who, in a Fit of blind Jealousy, threw away such a Jewel of a Wife as Mariumne was to him. What can be more parallel in Circumftance, than the Conduct of Hired and Othello ? Nor was the Story so little obvious, as Mr. Pope seems to imagine : For, in the Year 1613, the Lady Elizabeth Carew published a Tragedy, called MARIAM, tbe fair Queen of JEWRY. I shall only add, that our Author might write Judian, or Judean, (if that fhould be alledged as any Objection) instead of Judæar, with the same License and Change of Accent, as, in his Antony and Cleopatra, he shortens the second Syllable of Eupbrates in Pronunciation which was a Liberty likewise taken by Spencer, of whom our Author was a studious Imitator. P 2
Cal. This did I fear, but thought he had no weapon, For he was great of heart. Lod. Oh Spartan dog !
[To lago. More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea ! Look on the tragick loading of this bed ; This is thy work; the object poisons fight, Let it be hid. Gratiano, keep the house, And seize upon the fortunes of the Moor, For they succeed to you. To you, Lord Governor, Remains the censure of this hellish villain : The time, the place, the torture, oh! inforce it. Myself will straight aboard ; and to the State This heavy act, with heavy heart, relate. (Exeunt.