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Scene I.-Before the Castle.
Enter Cassio, and some Musicians. Cas. Masters, play here, I will content your pains. Something that's brief; and bid-good-morrow, general.“
[Musick. Enter Clown. Clo. Why, masters, have your instruments been at Naples, that they speak i’the nose thus ?"
1 Mus. How, sir, how ! Clo. Are these, I pray you, called wind instruments. 1 Mus.. Ay, marry, are they, sir. Clo. O, thereby hangs a tail. 1 Mus. Whereby hangs a tail, sir?
Clo. Marry, sir, by many a wind instrument that I know. But, masters, here's money for you: and the general so likes your musick, that he desires you, of all loves, to make no more noise with it.
1 Mus. Well, sir, we will not.
Clo. If you have any musick that may not be heard, to't again : but, as they say, to hear musick, the general does not greatly care.
1 Mus. We have none such, sir.
Clo. Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll away: Go; vanish into air; away.
[Exeunt Musicians. Cas. Dost thou hear, my honest friend? Clo. No, I hear not your honest friend; I hear you. Cas. Pr’ythee, keep up thy quillets. There's a poor
and bid-good-morrow, general.] It is the usual practice of the waits, or nocturnal minstrels, in several towns in the north of England, after playing a tune or two, to cry, “Good-morrow, maister Such-a-one, good-morrow, dame," adding the hour, and state of the weather. It should seem to have prevailed at Stratford-upon-Avon. They formerly used hautboys, which are the wind-instruments here meant.-Ritson.
b- been at Naples, that they speuk i'the nose thus?] The venereal disease first appeared at the siege of Naples.—Johnson.
of all loves,] This was frequently used as a kind and tender adjuration, instead of the commoner form, by all means.-NARES.
quillets.] i.e. Sly tricks, turns in argument.-Nares.
piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman that attends the general's wife, be stirring, tell her, there's one Cassio entreats her a little favour of speech : Wilt thou do this?
Clo. She is stirring, sir; if she will stir hither, I shall seem to notify unto her.
Cas. Why, no; the day had broke
I'll send her to you presently;
[Erit. Cas. I humbly thank you for't. I never knew A Florentine more kind and honest..
Yet, I beseech you,-
I never knew A Florentine more kind and honest.] lago was a Venetian, Cassio a Florentine: he means to say, I never experienced more honesty and kindness even in my own countrymen, than in this man.—MALONE.
- your displeasure ;] The displeasure you have incurred.--STERVEYS.
Pray you, come in ;
I am much bound to you.
A Room in the Castle.
Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Gentlemen.
Well, my good lord, I'll do't.
Before the Castle.
Enter DESDEMONA, Cassio, and EMILIA.
Des. Be thou assur’d, good Cassio, I will do All my abilities in thy behalf.
Emil. Good madam, do; I know, it grieves my husband, As if the case were his.
Des. O, that's an honest fellow.—Do not doubt, Cassio, But I will have my lord and you again As friendly as you were. Cas.
Des. 0, sir, I thank you: You do love my lord :
Ay, but, lady,
Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
Des. Do not doubt that; before Emilia here,
Enter Othello and IAGO, at a distance.
ill at ease,
Madam, here coines
Cas. Madam, I'll take my leave.
Well, well, Do your discretion.
Erit Cassio. Iago.
Ha! I like not that.
Iago. Cassio, my lord ? No, sure, I cannot think it,
I do believe 'twas he.
8 That policy may either last so long,
Or feed upon, &c.] He may either of himself think it politic to keep me out of office so long, or he may be satisfied with such slight reasons, or so many accidents may make him think my re-admission at that time improper, that I may be quite forgotten.-Johnson.
I'll watch him tame,] Hawks and other birds are tamed by keeping them from sleep, and it is to the management of these that Shakspeare alludes.STEEVENS.
Des. How now, my lord ?
Oth. Who is't, you mean?
Des. Why, your lieutenant Cassio. Good my lord,
Went he hence now?
Oth. Not now, sweet Desdemona; some other time.
The sooner, sweet, for you.
No, not to-night. Des. To-morrow dinner then? Oth.
I shall not dine at home; I meet the captains at the citadel.
Des. Why then, to-morrow night; or Tuesday morn;
in our common reason,
What! Michael Cassio,
reconciliation take ;] i. e. Accept the submission which he 'makes in order to be reconciled.-Johnsox.
- cunning,] For knowledge.
the wars must make examples Out of their best,] The severity of military discipline must not spare the best men of their army, when their punishment may afford a wholesome erample.-Johnsov.
mammering ---] i. e. Hesitating, standing in suspense. VOL. VIII.