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Iago. I see, this hath a little dash'd your spirits.
Oth. Not a jot, not a jot.

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

Should you do so, my lord, My speech should fall into such vile successo 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 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, a willd 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,
May fall to match you with her country forms,
And (happily) repent.

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, doubt

less, Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds.

Iago. My lord, I would, I might entreat your honour


issues,) For conclusions.

success—] i. e. Consequence or event; as successo is used in Italian.Johnson.

-will-] For wilfulness. It is so used by Ascham. A rank will, is selfwill overgrown and exuberant.-Johnson.

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 :
Note, if your lady strain his entertainment
With any strong or vehement importunity;
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.
lago. I once more take my leave.

[Exit. Oth. This fellow's of exceeding honesty, And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, Of human dealings: If I do prove her haggard, Though that her jessesk were my dear heart-strings, I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind, To prey at fortune. Haply, for I am black; And have not those soft parts of conversation" That chamberers" have: Or, for I am declin'd Into the vale of years ;-yet that's not much ;She's gone; I am abus'd; and my relief Must be- to loath her. O curse of marriage, That we can call these delicate creatures ours, And not their appetites ! I had rather be a toad,

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

- strain his entertainment-] Press hard his re-admission to his pay and office. Entertainment was the military term for admission of soldiers.-JOnnson.

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

-u learned spirit,] Learned for esperienced. The construction is, He knows with a learned spirit all qualities of human dealings.-WARBURTON and Johnson.

huggard,] i. e. A wild hawk, unreclaimed or irreclaimable.—Johnson.

- jesses— ) i. e. Short straps of leather tied about the foot of a hawk, by which she is held on the fist.-Hanner. 1 I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind,

To prey at fortune.) The falconers always let fly the hawk against the wind; if she flies with the wind behind her, she seldom returns. If therefore a hawk was for any reason to be dismissed, she was let down the wind, and from that time shifted for herself, and preyed at fortune.-Jounson.

purts of conversation - 1 Parts is here synonymous with arts.--REED. chamberers--] i. e. Men of intrigue.

And live upon the vapour of a dungeon,
Than keep a corner in the thing I love,
For others' uses. Yet 'tis the plague of great ones;
Prerogativ'd are they less than the base;
'Tis destiny unshunnable, like death;
Even then this forked plague is fated to us,
When we do quicken. Desdemona comes :


If she be false, O, then, heaven mocks itself!o~
I'll not believe it.

How now, my dear Othello?
Your dinner, and the generous islanders
By you invited, do attend your presence.

Oth. I am to blame.
Des. Why is your speech so faint ? are you not well ?
Oth. I have a pain upon my forehead here.

Des. Faith, that's with watching ; 'twill away again :
Let me but bind it hard, within this hour
It will be well.

Your napkin is too little; [He puts the Handkerchief from him, and it

drops. Let it alone. Come, I'll go in with you. Des. I am very sorry that you are not well.

[Exeunt OTH. and Des. Emil. I am glad I have found this napkin; This was her first remembrance from the Moor: My wayward husband hath a hundred times Woo'd me to steal it:' but she so loves the token, (For he conjur'd her, she would ever keep it,) That she reserves it evermore about her,



If she be false, 0, then heaven mocks itself !-] i.e. If she be false, heaven disgraces ilself by creating woman after its own image. To have made the resemblance perfect, she should have been good as well as beautiful.-STEEVENS.

generous] i.e. Noble : it has here the power of the Latin generosus. -STEEVENS. 9 My wayward husband hath a hundred times

Woo'd me to steal it :) This and several other passages tend to prove, that a Jarger space of time is comprised in the action of this play than the scenes include.--Jounson and M. Mason.

To kiss, and talk to. I'll bave the work ta'en out,'
And give it Iago ;
What he'll do with it, heaven knows, not I;
I nothing, but to please his fantasy.

Enter Iago.

Iago. How now! what do you here alone?
Emil. Do not you chide; I have a thing for you.
Iago. A thing for me?—it is a common thing.
Emil. Ha!
Iago. To have a foolish wife.

Emil. O, is that all? What will you give me now
For that same handkerchief?

What handkerchief?
Emil. What handkerchief?
Why, that the Moor first gave to Desdemona;
That which so often you did bid me steal.

Iago. Hast stolen it from her?

Emil. No, faith ; she let it drop by negligence;
And, to the advantage, I, being here, took't up.
Look, here it is.

A good wench; give it me.
Emil. What will you do with it, that you have been so
To have me filch it?

[earnest Iago. Why, what's that to you?

[Snatching it. Emil. If it be not for some purpose of import, Give it me again: Poor lady! she'll run mad, When she shall lack it.

Iago. Be not you known of't;" I have use for it. Go, leave me.

[Erit Emilia I will in Cassio's lodging lose this napkin, And let him find it: Trifles, light as air, Are, to the jealous, confirmations strong

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ta'en out,] That is, copied. Her first thoughts are, to have a copy made of it for her husband, and restore the original to Desdemona. But the sudden coming in of Iago, in a surly humour, makes her alter her resolution, to please him.-BLACKSTONE.

to the advantage, &c.] I being opportunely here, took it up.--Jounson. Be not you known of't ;] i. e. Seem as if you knew nothing of the matter. -STEEVENS.

As proofs of holy writ. This may do something.
The Moor already changes with my poison :-
Dangerous conceits are, in their natures, poisons,
Which, at the first, are scarce found to distaste;
But, with a little act upon the blood,
Burn like the mines of sulphur.-I did say so :"

Look, where he comes ! Not poppy, nor mandragora,
Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world,
Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
Which thou ow'dst' yesterday.

Ha! ha! false to me? To me?

Iago. Why, how now, general ? no more of that.

Oth. Avaunt! be gone! thou hast set me on the rack :-
I swear, 'tis better to be much abusid,
Than but to know't a little.

How now, my lord ?
Oth. What sense had I of her stolen hours of lust?
I saw it not, thought it not, it harm'd not me:
I slept the next night well, was free and merry;
I found not Cassio's kisses on her lips :
He that is robb’d, not wanting what is stolen,
Let him not know it, and he's not robb'd at all.

Iago. I am sorry to hear this.

Oth. I had been happy, if the general camp,
Pioneers and all, had tasted her sweet body,
So I had nothing known: O now, for ever,
Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content !
Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars,
That make ambition virtue! O, farewell !
Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump,

"I did say so:] i. e. I have just said that jealousy is a restless commotion of the mind; and look where Othello approaches, to confirm the justice of my observation.-STEEVENS.

- mandragora,) i. e. The mandrake. It has a soporifick quality, and the ancients used it when they wanted an opiate of the most powerful kind.

ow'dst — ] i. e. To owe is here, as in many other places, to possess. 2 Pioneers and ,] That is, the most abject and vilest of the camp. Pioneers were generally degraded soldiers, appointed to the office of pioneer, as a punishment for misbehaviour.-Gross.

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