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Shapes faults that are not,--I entreat you then,
From one that so imperfectly conjects,
You'd take no notice ; nor build yourself a trouble
Out of his scattering and unsure observance :-
It were not for your quiet, nor your good,
Nor for my manhood, honesty, or wisdom,
To let

you
know

my thoughts. Oth.

What dost thou mean? Iago. Good name, in man, and woman, dear my

lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Who steals my purse, steals trash ; 'tis something,

nothing ; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he, that filches from me my good name, Robs me of that, which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed. .

Oth. By heaven, I'll know thy thought.

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

Oth. Ha!

Iago. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on:? That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger ;
But, 0, what damned minutes tells he o'er,
Who dotes, yet doubts ; suspects, yet strongly loves !

Oth. O misery!
Iago. Poor, and content, is rich, and rich enough ;

conjects,] To conject, i. e. to conjecture, is a word used by other writers.

which doth mock The meat it feeds on :) i. e. loaths that which nourishes and. sustains it. But others read,

which doth make The meat it feeds on. Implying that its suspicions are unreal and groundless, which is the very contrary to what he would here make his general think.

But riches, fineless, is as poor as winter,
To him that ever fears he shall be poor :--
Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend
From jealousy!
Oth.

Why! why is this?
Think'st thou, I'd make a life of jealousy,
To follow still the changes of the moon
With fresh suspicions ? No: to be once in doubt,
Is-once to be resolv’d: Exchange me for a goat,
When I shall turn the business of my soul
To such exsufflicate and blown surmises,
Matching thy inference."

"Tis not to make me jealous, To say—my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company, Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well; Where virtue is, these are more virtuous :? Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw The smallest fear, or doubt of her revolt; For she had eyes, and chose me: No, lago; I'll see, before I doubt; when I doubt, prove; And, on the proof, there is no more but this,Away at once with love, or jealousy.

Iago. I am glad of this; for now I shall have rea

son

To show the love and duty that I bear you
With franker spirit : therefore, as I am bound,
Receive it from me:

I speak not yet of proof.

8 But riches, fineless,] Unbounded, endless, unnumbered.

9 To such exsufflicate--] Whether our poet had any authority for the word exsufflicate, which I think is used in the sense of swollen, and appears to have been formed from suflatus, I am unable to ascertain : but I have not thought it safe to substitute for it another word equally unauthorised. MALONE.

blown surmises, Matching thy inference. That is,--such as you have mentioned in describing the torments of jealousy.

2 Where virtue is, these are more virtuous : ] An action in itself indifferent, grows virtuous by its end and application.

Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio ;
Wear your eye-thus, not jealous, nor secure :
I would not have your free and noble nature,
Out of self-bounty, be abusd; look to't:
I know our country disposition well ;
In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks
They dare not show their husbands ; their best con-

science
Is not to leave undone, but keep unknown.
Oth. Dost thou

say Iago. She did deceive her father, marrying you ; And, when she seem'do to shake, and fear your

looks, She loy'd them most. Oth.

And so she did. Iago.

Why, go to, then; She that, so young, could give out such a seeming, To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak, He thought, 'twas witchcraft:—But I am much to

blame;

so?

3 Out of self-bounty,] Self-bounty for inherent generosity.

4 And when she seem'd-]This and the following argument of Iago ought to be deeply impressed on every reader. Deceit and falsehood, whatever conveniences they may for a time promise or produce, are, in the sun of life, obstacles to happiness. Those, who profit by the cheat, distrust the deceiver, and the act by which kindness is sought, puts an end to confidence.

The same objection may be made with a lower degree of strength against the imprudent generosity of disproportionate marriages. When the first heat of passion is over, it is easily succeeded by suspicion, that the same violence of inclination, which caused one irregularity, may stimulate to another; and those who have shewn, that their passions are too powerful for their prudence, will, with very slight appearances against them, be censured, as not very likely to restrain them by their virtue. Johnson.

5 To seel her father's eyes up, close as oak,] The oak is the most close-grained wood of general use in England. Close as oak, means, close as the grain of oak. To seel is an expression from falconry. VOL. IX.

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I humbly do beseech

you

of

your pardon, For too much loving you. Oth.

I am bound to thee for ever. Iago. I see, this hath a little dash'd your spirits. Oth. Not a jot, not a jot. Iago.

Trust me, I fear it has.
I hope, you will consider, what is spoke
Comes from my love ;-But, I do see you are

moy'd :
I am to pray you, not to strain my speech
To grosser issues, nor to larger reach,
Than to suspicion.

Oth. I will not.
Iago.

Should

you do so, my lord, My speech should fall into such vile success As my thoughts aim not at. Cassio's my worthy

friend : My lord, I see you are mov'd. Oth.

No, not much mov’d: I do not think but Desdemona's honest. Iago. Long live she so! and long live you to

think so! Oth. And yet, how nature erring from itself, Iago. 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 :
Foh! one may smell, in such, á will most rank,
Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural.-
But pardon me; I do not, in position,
Distinctly speak of her : though I may fear,
Her will, recoiling to her better judgment,

6 To grosser issues,] Issues, for conclusions.

a will most rank,] Will, is for wilfulness. It is so used by Ascham. A rank will, is self-will overgrown and exuberant.

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May fall to match you with her country forms,
And (happily) repent.
Oth.

Farewell, farewell :
If more thou dost perceive, let me know more ;
Set on thy wife to observe: Leave me, Iago.

Iago. My lord, I take my leave. [Going.
Oth. Why did I marry :-—This honest creature,

doubtless, Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds. Iago. My lord, I would, I might entreat your

honour
To scan this thing no further ; leave it to time :
And though it be fit that Cassio have his place,
(For, sure, he fills it up with great ability,)
Yet, if you please to hold him

off a while,
You shall by that perceive him and his means :8
Note, if your lady strain his entertainment'
With any strong or vehement opportunity ;
Much will be seen in that. In the mean time,
Let me be thought too busy in my fears,
(As worthy cause I have, to fear-I am,)
And hold her free, I do beseech your honour.

Oth. Fear not my government.'
Iago. I once more take my leave. [Erit.

Oth. This fellow's of exceeding honesty,
And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit,
Of human dealings : If I do prove her haggard,

You shall by that perceive him and his means :) You shall discover whether he thinks his best means, his most powerful interest, is by the solicitation of your lady.

strain his entertainment-] Press hard his re-admission pay

and office. Entertainment was the military term for admission of soldiers.

. Fear not my government.] Do not distrust my ability to contain my passion.

with a learned spirit,] The construction is, He knows with a learned spirit all qualities of human dealings.

3 - If I do prove her haggard,] A haggard hawk, is a wild hawk, a hawk unreclaimed or irreclaimable.

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