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Æmil. I know not, Madam.

Def. Believe me, I had rather have lost my purse
Full of 5 Cruzadoes. And but

And but my noble Moor
Is true of mind, and made of no such baseness
As jealous creatures are, it were enough
To put him to ill thinking.

Æmil. Is he not jealous ?
Des. Who, he ? I think, the Sun, where he was

born,
Drew all fuch humours from him.

Æmil. Look where he comes.

Def. I will not leave him now, till Caffro be Calld to him. How is ’t with you, my Lord?

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Enter Othello.
Oth, Well, my good lady. [Afide.] Oh, hardness

to diffemble ! How do you, Desdemona ?

Des. Well, my Lord.
Oih. Give me your hand. This hand is moist, my

lady.
Des It yet hath felt no age, nor known no forrow.

Oih. This argues fruitfulness, and liberal heart :
Hot, hot, and moist. This hand of yours requires
A fequefter from liberty, fasting and prayer,
Much castigation, exercise devout;
For here's a young and sweating devil here,
That commonly rebels. 'Tis a good hand,
A frank one.

Def. You may, indeed, say so;
For 'twas that hand, that gave away my heart.

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Oth. A liberal hand. The hearts, of old, gave

hands : But our new heraldry is hands, not hearts. Des. I cannot speak of this. Come, now your pro

mise.

hands;

away my heart :

- The hearts, of old, gave of Ireland; the memory of which

he would perpetuate by that ad. But our new heraldry is hands, dition to their arms, it being the

not hearts.] It is evident arms of Ulfier. Now the methat the first line should be read thod used by Elizabeth in the res thus,

duction of that kingdom was so The hands of old gave hearts : different from this, the dignities Otherwise it would be no reply she conferred being on those who to the preceding words, employed their steel and not their For 'twas that hand, that gave gold in this service, that nothing

could add more to her glory, Not so, says her husband : The than the being compar'd to her hands of old indeed gave hearts : successor in this point of view; But the custom now is to give Nor was it uncommon for the hands without hearts. The ex- dramatick poets of that time to pression of new heraldry was a sa- satirize the ignominy of James's tirical allusion to the times. Soon reign. So Fletcher, in The Fair after James the Firit came to the Maid of the Inn. One says, 1 Crown, he created the new dige will send thee to Amboyna i'th' nity of Baronets for money.

Å. East Indies for pepper. The omongst their other prerogatives ther replies, To Amboyna? so I of honour, they had an addition might be pepper'd. Again, in the to their paternal arms, of a HAND fame play, a sailor fays, Despise gules in an Escutcheon argent. not this pitch'd Canvas, the time And we are not to doubt but that zas we have known them lined this was the new heraldry alluded with Spanish Ducats. to by our author: By which he The historical observation is insinuates, that some then created very judicious and acute, but of had hands indeed, but not hearts; the emendation there is no need. that is, mony to pay for the crea She says, that her hand gave tion, but no virtue to purchase away her heart.

He goes on the honour. But the finest part with his suspicion, and the hand of the poet's address in this allu- which he had before called frank, fion, is the compliment he pays he now terms liberal; then proto his old mistress Elizabeth. For ceeds to remark, that the hand James's pretence for raising mo was formerly given by the heart ; ny by this creation, was the re- but now it neither gives it, nor duction of Ufter, and other parts is given by it.

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Oth. What promise, chuck ?
Des. I've sent to bid Caffio come speak with you.

Oih. I have a 7 salt and forry Rheum offends me: Lend me thy handkerchief.

Des. Here, my Lord.
Oib. That, which I gave you.
Des. I have it not about me.
Oth. Not? -
Def. No, indeed, my Lord.

Oth. That's a fault. That handkerchief
Did an Ægyptian to my mother give;
She was a Charmer, and could almost read
The thoughts of people. She told her, while she

kepe it, 'Twould make her amiable, subdue my father Intirely to her love ; but if fhe lost it, Or made a gift of it, my father's eye Should hold her loathed, and his spirits hunt After new fancies. She, dying, gave it me ; And bid me, when my fate would have me wiv’d, To give it her. · I did fo; and take heed on't ; Make it a darling, like pour precious eye; To lose’t, or giv't away, were such perdition, As nothing else could match.

Def. Is't possible ?

Oih. 'Tis true ; there's magic in the web of it ;
A Sybil, that had 8 numbred in the world
The Sun to course two hundred compasses,
In her prophetick fury few'd the Work :

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-Salt and sorry Rheum-] expressed. WARBURTON. The old quarto has,

The expression is not very in---Jalt and fulien Rheum

frequent ; we say, I counted the That is, a Rheum obflinately clock to Afrike four; so she numtroublesome. I think this better. bred the sun to course, to run, two 3 --numbred

hundred compasses, two hundred The Sun to course— ] i.e. num annual circuits ber'd the Sun's courses : Badly

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The worms were hallowed, that did breed the filk;
And it was dy'd in Mummey, which the skilful
Conferv'd of Maidens' hearts.

Des. Indeed! is't true ?
Oib. Most veritable, therefore look to't well.
Def. Then would to heaven that I had never seen't!
Oib. Ha? wherefore?
Def: Why do you speak so startingly, and oralh ?
Oih. Is't loft ? is't gone? speak, is it out o'th
Des. Bless us !
Oth. Say you?
Def. It is not loft ; but what, an if it were ?
Orb. Ha!
Dej. I say, 'it is not lost.
Oth. Fetch't, let me see't.

Des. Why, so I can, Sir ; ,but I will not now.
This is a trick to put me from my suit,
Pray you, let Casio be receiv'd again.
Oib. Fétch me the handkerchief. My mind mil-

gives.
Des. Come, you'll ne'er meet a more fufficient man,
Oth. The handkerchief-
Des. I pray talk me of Callio.
Oth. The handkerchief.

Des. A man, that, all his time,
Hath founded his good fortunes on your love;
Shar'd dangers with you.

Oth. The handkerchief
Des. Insooth, you are to blame.
Otb. Away!

[Exit Othellos

9-rash?] Is vehement, violint,

SCENE

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Æmil. Is not this man jealous ?

Dif. I ne'er saw this before.
Sure, there's some wonder in this handkerchief:
I'm most unhappy in the loss of it.-

Æmil. 1 'Tis not a year, or two, shews us a man:
They are all but ftomachs, and we all but food;
They eat us hungerly, and, when they're full,
They belch us. Look you! Casso, and my husband:

Enter Iago and Caffio, lago. There is no other way. 'Tis she must do't. And lo, the happiness. Go and importune her.

Def. How now, good Casio, what's the news with

you?

Caf. Madam, my former suit. I do beseech you,
That by your virtuous means I may again
Exist, and be a member of his love ;

1 'Tis not a year, or two, shews the night of Othello's arrival, a

us a man :] From this line feast was proclaimed ; at that it may be conjectured, that the feast Caffio was degraded, and authour intended the action of immediately applies to Desdemona this play to be considered as to get him restored. lago in. longer than is marked by any deed advises Othello to hold him note of time. Since their arri. off a while, but there is no rea.. val at Ciprus, to which they fon to think, that he has been were hurried on their wedding- held off long. A little longer night, the fable seems to have interval would increase the probeen in one continual progress, bability of the story, though it nor can I see any vacuiry into might violate the rules of the which a year or two, or even a

drama. month or two, could be put. On

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