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Devour up my discourse: Which I observing,
Enter DESDEMONA, Iago, and Attendants. Duke. I think this tale would win my daughter too.Good Brabantio, Take up this mangled matter at the best : Men do their broken weapons rather use, , Than their bare hands. Brà.
pray you, hear her speak;
My noble father,
I am bound for life, and education,
How to respect you; you are the lord of duty,
God be with you!I have done :-
Duke. Let me speak like yourself;" and lay a sentence, Which, as a grise,* 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,
Bra. So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile;
u Let me speak like yourself ;) i. e. Let me speak as yourself would speak, were you not too much heated with passion.—Sir J. REYNOLDS.
a grise,] Grise from degrees. A grize is a step.--STEEVENS. y But the free comfort which from thence he hears:] But the moral precepts of consolation, wbich are literally bestowed on occasion of the sentence.JOHNSON
But words are words; I never yet did hear,
Duke. The Turk with a most mighty preparation makes for Cyprus :-Othello, the fortitude of the place is best known to you: And though we have there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer voice on you : you must therefore be content to slubber* the gloss of your new fortunes with this more stubborn and boisterous expedition.
Oth. The tyrant custom, most grave senators,
If you please,
I'll not have it so.
Nor I; I would not there reside,
2 But words are words; I never yet did hear,
That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the ear.] These moral precepts, says Brabantio, may perhaps be founded in wisdom, but they are of no avail. Words after all are but words ; and I never yet heard that consolatory speeches could reach the afflicted heart through the medium of the ear.–Pierced does not mean wounded, but penetrated.—MALONE.
slubber -] i. e. Obscure.
- thrice-driven bed of down:) A driven bed, is a bed for which the fea. thers are selected, by driving with a fan, which separates the light from the heavy.-JOHNSON.
agnize-] i. e. Confess., a I crave fit disposition for my wife ;
Due reference of place, and exhibition ; &c.] I desire, that proper disposition be made for my wife, that she may have precedency and exhibition, i.e. allowance, accommodation and company, suitable to her rank.-JOHNSON.
- prosperous-- ) i. e. Propitimis, the reading of all the folios. VOL. VIII.
And let me find a charter in your voice,'
Duke. What would you, Desdemona?
Des. That I did love the Moor to live with him,
Oth. Your voices, lords : beseech you, let her will
me-JOHNSON. scorn-) So the old quarto, 1622. The folio reads storm. b My downright violence and scorn of fortunes-] Violence is not violence suffered, but violence acted. Breach of common rules and obligations.—Johnson.
quality~ ) i. e. Condition, profession. k Nor to comply with heat, (the young affect's
In me defunct,) and proper satisfaction;] Young affect is youthful passion. I have adopted the reading proposed by Gifford, Massinger, vol. ii. p. 31.
defend—-) i. e. Forbid.
Either for her stay, or going : the affair cries--haste,
Des. To-night, my lord ?
With all my heart.
Please your grace, my ancient;
Let it be so.
[To BRABANTIO. If virtue 'no delighted beauty lack,o Your son-in-law is far more fair than black.
I Sen. Adieu, brave Moor! use Desdemona well.
Bra. Look to her, Moor; have a quick eye to see; She has deceiv'd her father, and may thee.
[Ereunt Duke, Senators, Officers, 8c. Oth. My life upon her faith.-Honest Iago, My Desdemona must I leave to thee; I pry'thee, let thy wife attend on her; And bring them after in the best advantage.P— Come, Desdemona, I have but an hour Of love, of worldly matters and direction, To spend with thee: we must obey the time.
[Ereunt Othello and DesDEMONA. Rod. Iago. Iago. What say'st thou, noble heart? Rod. What will I do, thinkest thou ! Iago. Why, go to bed, and sleep. • If virtue no delighted beauty lack,) Delighted for delighting. The meaning probably is, if virtue comprehends every thing in itself, then your virtuous son. in-law of course is beautiful : he has that beauty which delights every one.STEEYENS. best advantage.] i. e. Fairest opportunity.