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Iago. Nay, but he prated,
And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms
Against your honour, --
That, with the little godliness I have,
I did full hard forbear him. But, I pray, sir,
Are you fast married ? for, be sure of this,
That the magnifico? is much beloved;
And hath, in his effect, a voice potential
As double as the duke's; he will divorce you;
Or put upon you what restraint and grievance
The law (with all his might, to enforce it on,)
Will give him cable.

Oth. Let him do his spite :
My services, which I have done the signiory,
Shall out-tongue his complaints. 'Tis yet to know,
(Which, when I know that boasting is an honour,
I shall promulgate,) I fetch my life and being
From men of royal siege;4 and my demerits 5
May speak, unbonneted," to as proud a fortune
As this that I have reach'd; For know, Iago,
But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
I would not my unhoused 7 free condition
Put into circumscription and confine
For the sea's worth. But, look what lights come

yonder 2

3 Brabantio, magnifico is his title as a senator. 4 Seat or throne. * Demerits has the same meaning in Shakspeare as merits. 6 Covered. 7 Unsettled.

Enter CAssio, at a distance, and certain Officers with Torches.

Iago. These are the raised father, and his friends: You were best go in.'

Oth. Not I : I must be found ;
My parts, my title, and my perfect soul,
Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they?

Iago. By Janus, I think no.

Oth. The servants of the duke, and my lieute.

- nant. The goodness of the night upon you, friends! What is the news 2

Cas. The duke does greet you, general; And he requires your haste-post-haste appearance, Even on the instant.

O/h. What is the matter, think you?

Cas. Something from Cyprus, as I may divine; It is a business of some heat: the gallies Have sent a dozen sequent” messengers This very night at one another's heels; And many of the consuls, rais'd, and met, Are at the duke's already : You have been hotly

call'd for;

When, being not at your lodging to be found,
The senate hath sent about three several quests,”
To search you out.

Oth. 'Tis well I am found by you.
I will but spend a word here in the house,
And go with you. . [Erit.

Cas. . Ancient, what makes he here?

* Following, 9 Searchers.


Iago. Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land carack;" If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever. Cas. I do not understand. Iago. He's married. Cas. * To who?,

IRe-enter OTHELLo.

Iago. Marry, to—Come, captain, will you go?
Oth. . Have with you.
Cas. Here comes another troop to seek for you.

Enter BRABAN TIo, Rod ERIGo, and Officers of night, with Torches and Weapons.

Iago. It is Brabantio:—general, be advis'd;
He comes to bad intent.

Oth. - Hola! Stand there !
Rod. Signior, it is the Moor.
Bra. - Down with him, thief!

[They draw on both sides.
Iago. You, Roderigo! come, sir, I am for you.
Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew
will rust them.—
Good signior, you shall more command with years,
Than with your weapons.
Bra. O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow'd
my daughter? -
Damn’d as thou art, thou hast enchanted her:
For I'll refer me to all things of sense,
If she in chains of magick were not bound,
Whether a maid—so tender, fair, and happy;


* A rich vessel.

So opposite to marriage, that she shunn'd
The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,
Would ever have, to incur a general mock,
Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom
Of such a thing as thou; to fear, not to delight.”
Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sense,
That thou hast practis'd on her with foul charms;
Abus'd her delicate youth with drugs, or minerals,
That waken motion:—I'll have it disputed on;
'Tis probable, and palpable to thinking.
I therefore apprehend and do attach thee,
For an abuser of the world, a practiser
Of arts inhibited and out of warrant:—
Lay hold upon him; if he do resist,
Subdue him at his peril.

Oth. Hold your hands,
Both you of my inclining, and the rest:
Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it
Without a prompter.—Where will you that I go
To answer this your charge 2

Bra. To prison: till fit time
Of law, and course of direct session,
Call thee to answer.

Oth. What if I do obey
How may the duke be therewith satisfied ;
Whose messengers are here about my side,
Upon some present business of the state,
To bring me to him? -

Off. 'Tis true, most worthy signior,
The duke's in council; and your noble self,
I am sure, is sent for. -

*To terrify, not delight.


Bra. How ! the duke in councill In this time of the night !—Bring him away : Mine's not an idle cause: the duke himself, Or any of my brothers of the state, Cannot but feel this wrong, as 'twere their own : For if such actions may have passage free, Bond-slaves, and pagans,” shall our statesmen be.

- [Ereunt.

The same. A Council Chamber.

The Duke, and Senators, sitting at a Table; Officers attending.

Duke. There is no composition4 in these news, That gives them credit.

1 Sen. Indeed, they are disproportion'd; My letters say, a hundred and seven gallies.

Duke. And mine, a hundred and forty.

2 Sen. And mine, two hundred : But though they jump not on a just account, (As in these cases, where the aim reports, 'Tis oft with difference,) yet do they all confirm A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus. Duke. Nay, it is possible enough to judgment; I do not so secure me in the error, But the main article I do approve In fearful sense.

Sailor. [Within..] What ho! what ho! what ho!

3 The pagans and bond-slaves of Africa. * Consistency. 5 Conjecture.

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