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Though I do hate him as I do hell's pains,
(16) The constellation of the Sagittary is well known to be a Centaur; and if the north side of the moon be placed on the left hand, the shadows that compose the person of Othello, (fig. 98,) may be fancied 10 resemble such an imaginary animal, with its face, (which is the same as Orsin's in Hudibras, fig 15,) to the left, as drawn in
Enter BRABANTIO, and Servants with lighted
Torches. Brå. It is too true an evil. Gone she is ; And what's to come of my despised time, Is nought but bitterness. Now, Rodorigo, Where didst thou see her? Oh unhappy girl ! With the Moor, saidst thou? who would be a father? How didst thou know’twas she? oh, she deceives me, 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.
Bra. Oh heaven! how gat she out! Oh treason of my blood!
Rod. Yes, Sir, I have, indeed.
had Some one way, some another-Do Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?
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, hoa !
And raise some special officers of might:
[Exeunt. SCENE changes to another Street before the Sa
gittary. Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Attendants, with
Torches, Iago. Tho' in the trade of war I have slain men, Yet do I hold it very stuff o'th' conscience To do no contrived murder: I lack iniquity Sometimes to do me service.-Nine or ten times I thought to've jerked him here under the ribs.
Oth. It's better as it is.
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 or grievance The law (with all his might t' enforce it on) Will give himn cable. (17)
(17) This alludes to the streaks of light, like ropes, on Brabantio's
in the moon.
Oth. Let him do his spight; My services, which I have done the signory, 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 ;;(18) and my demerits May speak, and bonneted, (19) to as proud a fortune As this that I have reached. For know, Iago, But that I love the gentle Desdemona, I would not my unhoused free condition Put into circumscription and confine, (yonder. For the sea's worth. But look, what lights come
Enter Cassio, with Torches. Iago. Those are the raised father, and his friends: You were best
in. (18) Royal siege. In fact there is a likeness of a crown over Othello's head, and thence it was that the same space in the play of Hamlet was assigned to the person of the King. (19) Othello's cap or bonnet, is drawn in
such as it appears on his head in its profotype,
Oth. Not I; I must be found.
[nant. Oth. The servants of the duke and my lieuteThe goodness of the night upon you, friends! What is the news ?
Cas. The duke doth greet you, general ;
Oth. What is the matter, think you ?
called for, (20)
(20) I incline to think that this singular word (hotly) was intended to involve a pun upon the first part of Othello's name, as its latter part might offer occasion for a inore obvious pun, no less consistent with the diabolical fury with which he is hereafter seized,