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I must show out a flag and sign of love,
Enter, below, BRABANTIO, and Servants with
Bra. It is too true an evil: gone she is; And what's to come of my despised time, Is nought but bitterness.-Now, Roderigo, Where didst thou see her?-0, unhappy girl!With the Moor, say’st thou?-Who would be a fa
ther?How didst thou know 'twas she?-0, thou deceiv'st
Past thought!—What said she to you?-Get more
tapers; Raise all my kindred.—Are they married think you?
Rod. Truly, I think, they are.
of the blood! Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds
you see them act.-Are there not charms, By which the property of youth and maidhood May be abus’d? Have you not read, Roderigo, Of some such thing? Rod.
Yes, sir; I have indeed. Bra. Call up my brother.-0, that you
had had her! Some one way, some another.-Do you know Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?
Å And what's to come of my despised time,] Despised time, is time of no ralue.
Rod. I think, I can discover him ; if you please To get good guard, and go along with me.
Bra. Pray you, lead on. At every house I'll call; I may command at most;-Get weapons, ho! And raise some special officers of night.On, good Roderigo;—I'll deserve your pains.
Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Attendants. Iago. Though in the trade of war I have slain men, Yet do I hold it very stuff o'the conscience, To do no contriv'd murder; I lack iniquity Sometimes, to do me service: Nine or ten times I had thought to have yerk'd him here under the
Nay, but he prated,
stuff o'the conscience,] This expression to common readers appears harsh. Stuff of the conscience is, substance or cs. sence of the conscience. Stuff is a word of great force in the Teutonick languages. The elements are called in Dutch, Hoefd stoffen, or head stuffs. Johnson.
the magnifico-] “ The chief men of Venice are by a peculiar name called Magnifici, i. e, magnificoes."
The law (with all his might, to enforce it on,)
Let him do his spite:
life and being
Enter Cassio, at a distance, and certain Officers
with Torches. lago. These are the raised father, and his friends: You were best go in. Oth.
Not I: I must be found;
lago. By Janus, I think no.
men of royal siege ;] Men who have sat upon royal thrones. Sicge is used for seat by other authors.
and demerits-] Demerits has the same meaning in our author, and many others of that age, as merits.
4. May speak, unbonneted,] Mr. Fuseli (and who is better acsuainted with the sense and spirit of our author?) explains this contested passage as follows:
“ I am his equal or superior in rank; and were it not so, such are my demerits, that, unbonneted, without the addition of patrician or senatorial dignity, they may speak to as proud a fortune, &c.
unhoused-] Free from domestick cares. A thought natural to an adventurer.
The goodness of the night upon you, friends!
The duke does greet you, general;
What is the matter, think you?
'Tis well I am found by you. I will but spend a word here in the house, And you.
Ancient, what makes he here? Iago. ’Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land
Cas. I do not understand.
Jago. Marry, to—Come, captain, will you go?
Have with you.
three several quests,] Quests are, on this occasion, searches.
- a land carack;] A curack is a ship of great bulk, and commonly of great value; perhaps what we now call a galleon.
Enter BRABANTIO, RODERIGO, and Officers of
night, with Torches and Weapons.
Hola! stand there!
Down with him, thief!
[They draw on both sides. lago. 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; 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,
be advis'd;] That is, be cool; be cautious; be discreet. • The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,] Curled is elegantly and ostentatiously dressed.
"Of such a thing as thou; to fear, not to delight.] To fear, in the present instance, may mean—to terrify.
. That waken motion :] Excite desires.