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Ingo. But for a satisfaction of my thought, No farther harm.
361 Oth. Why of thy thought, lago? Iago. I did not think, he had been acquainted with i it.
: С Oth. Oh, yes, and went between us very oft. lago. Indeed!
'; Oih. Indeed! ay, indeed. Discern'ít chou aughun
that? Is he not honeft? lago. Honest, my Lord?
Yet Otb. Honest ? ay, honest. Tago. My Lord, for aught I know, Otb. What dost thou think?
. Jago. Think, my Lord! Oib. Think, my Lord! why dost thou écha
me ; As if there were some monster in 'thy thought, Too hideous to be shewn? Thou doft mean some
Iago. My Lord, you know, I love you.
Olh. I think, thou doit :
They're close dilations working from the heart, That passion cannot rule.
lago. For Michael Cafio, I dare be sworn, I think, that he is honest,
Oib. I think so too. lago. Men should be what they seem; Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem none! Oib. Certain, men should be what they seem. Iago. Why, then, I think, Cassio's an honest man,
Oib. Nay, yet there's more in this; I pray thee, speak to me as to thy thinkings, As thou doft ruminate ; and give thy worst of
thoughts The worst of words.
Iago. Good my Lord, pardon me. Though I am bound to every act of duty, I am not bound to that, all slaves are free to. Utter my thoughts !-- -Why, say, they're vile and
9 They're cold dilations work- tions, except that the earlier ing from the heart,
quarto has close denotements ; That passion cannot rale.] i. e. which was the authour's first ex. thefe
ftops and breaks are cold di pression, afterwards changed by lations, or cold keeping back a him, not to cold dilation, for secret, which men of phlegmatic cold is read in no ancient copy ; conftitutions, whose hearts are nor, I believe, to close dilutions, not fway'd or govern'd by their butto close delations ; to cccult and paffions, we find, can do : while secret accusations, werking invomore sanguine tempers reveal luntarily
from the heart, which tho' themselves at once, and without resolved to conceal the fault, canreserve. But the Oxford Editor not rule its passion of resentment. for cold dilations, reads distilla 8 Or, those that be not, 'would tions.
WARBURTON. they might seem None!) I know not why the modern There is no sense in this reading. editors are satisfied with this I suppose Shakespear wrote, reading, which no explanation
'would they might seem can clear. They might easily have found, that it is introduced I believe the meaning is, without authority. The old co. would they might no longer seem, pies uniformly give, close dila. or bear the tape of men.
As where's that Palace, whereinto foul things
Olh. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
Iago. I do beseech you,
Olb. What doft thou mean?
9 Keep leets and law-days,-) uneafy : in propriety, therefore, i.e. govern. A metaphor, wretch- it should either have been, though edly forced and quaint. WARB. I am not vicious, or because I am
Rather visit than govern, but vicious. It appears then we visit with authoritative intrusion should read, I THOUGH I, perchance, am
I do beseech you, vicious in my guess,] Not to THINK I, perchance, am via mention that, in this reading, the cious in miy guess. fentence is abrupt and broken, it Which makes the sense pertinent is likewise highly absurd. I be- and perfect.
WARBURTON. feech you give yourself no unea
-- imperfeally conceits,] finess from my unsure observance, In the old quarto it is, though I am vicious in my guess, -improbably conceits, For his being an ill guesser was a Which I think preferable. reason why Othello should not be
Who steals my purse, steals trash ; 'tis something, no
thing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his; and has been save 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. I'll know thy thoughts
lago. You cannot, if my heart were in your hand; Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.
lago. Oh, beware, my Lord, of jealousy;
Oth. Oh misery !
Iago. Poor, and content, is rich, and rich enough ; 4 But riches fineless is 5 as poor as winter, To him that ever fears he shall be poor.
"Which doth mock him into it, as we see by his reThe meat it feeds on. -] ply, which is only i.e. loaths that which nourishes Ob mifery! WARB. and fustains it. This being a I have received the emendamiserable ftate, lago bids him be- tion; because to mock, does not ware of it. The Oxford Editor signify to loath ; and because, reads,
when lago bids Othello beware of -which doth make jealousy, the green eyed monster, it The meat it feeds on
is natural to tell why he should implying that its suspicionsare un-' beware, and for caution he gives real and groundless, which is the him two reasons, that jealousy very contrary to what he would often creates its own cause, and here make his General think, that, when the causes are real, as appears from what follows, jealousy is misery.
That cuckold lives in bliss, &c. 4 But riches fineles;-) UnIn a word, the villain is for fix. bounded, endless, unnumbered ing him jealous: and therefore treasures. bids him beware of jealousy, not
-as poor as winter, ] that it was an unreasonable but a Finely expressed : Winter produmiserable state, and this plunges cing no fruits,
Good heaven! the souls of all my tribe defend
Otb. Why? why is this?
Iago. I am glad of this ; for now I shall have reason
6 To such ex/ flate and blown ous ? The old Quarto reads, 4
Furmijes, ] This odd and little nearer the truth, far-fetch'd word was made yet Where virtue is, these are more uncouth in all the editions more virtuous. before Hanmer's, by being print- But Shakespear wrote, ed, er Suflicate. The allusion is Where virtue is, these MAKB to a bubble.. Do not think, fays more virtuous. the Moor, that I shall change the i. e, where virtue is, the civil noble designs that now employ accomplishments of polite life my thoughts, to fofpicions which, make that virtue more illustrious, like bubbles blown into a wide as coming off victorious from all extent, have only an empty shew the temptations which such acwithout solidity, or that in con- complishments throw in the way. sequence of such empty fears, I
WARBURTON. will life with thy inference against The old reading will, I think, the virtue of my wife.
approve itself to every under7 Where virtue is, these are standing that has not an interest
Most virtuous.] But how in changing it. An action in itcan a virtuous conduct make the self indifferent, grows virtuous indifferent actions of such a cha- by its end and application. racter, virtuous, or molt virtu