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civil and humane seeming, for the better compassing of bis salt and most hidden loose affection? why, none; why, none : A slippery and subtle knave; a finder out of occasions; that has an eye can stamp and counterfeit advantages, though true advantage never present itself: A devilish knave! besides, the knave is handsome, young; and hath all those requisites in him, that folly and green mindsl look after : A pestilent complete knave; and the woman hath found him already.

Rod. I cannot believe that in her; she is full of most blessed condition.2

lago. Blessed fig's end! the wine she drinks is made of grapes: if she had been blessed, she would never have loved the Moor: Blessed pudding! Didst thou not see her paddle with the palm of his hand? didst not mark that?

Rod. Yes, that I did; but that was but courtesy

Iago. Lechery, by this hand; an index, and ob scure prologue to the history of lust and foul thoughts. They met so near with their lips, that their breathsembraced together. Villanous thoughts

, Roderigo! when these mutualities so marshal the way, hard at hand comes the master and main es. ercise, the incorporate conclusion :-Pish!-But, sir, be you ruled by me: I have brought you from Venice. Watch you to-night; for the command, I'll lay't upon you: Cassio knows you not;—I'll not be far from you : Do you find some occasion to anger Cassio, either by speaking too loud, or tainting3 his discipline; or from what other course you please, which the time shall more favourably minister.

Rod. Well.

Jago. Sir, he is rash, and very sudden in choler; and, haply, a with his truncheon, may strike at you:

(1) Minds unripe.
(2) Qualities, disposition of mind.
(3) Throwing a slur upon his discipline.
(4) Perhaps.

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Provoke him, that he may: for, even out of that, will I cause these of Cyprus to mutiny; whose qualification shall come into no true taste again, but by the displanting of Cassio. So shall you have a shorter journey to your desires, by the means I shall then have to prefer them; and the impediment most profitably removed, without the which there were no expectation of our prosperity.

Rod. I will do this, if I can bring it to any opportunity.

lago. I warrant thee. Meet me by and by at the
citadel : I must fetch his necessaries ashore. Fare-
Rod. Adieu.

Jago. That Cassio loves her, I do well believe it;
That she loves him, 'tis apt, and of great credit:
The Moor-howbeit that I endure him not-
Is of a constant, loving, noble nature;
And, I dare think, he'll prove to Desdemona
A most dear husband. Now I do love her too;
Not out of absolute lust (though, peradventure,
I stand accountant for as great a sin,)
But partly led to diet my revenge,
For that I do suspect the lusty Moor
Hath leap'd into my seat: the thought whereof
Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards ;

can or shall content my soul,
Till I am even with him, wife for wife;
Or, failing so, yet that I put the Moor
At least into a jealousy so strong
That judgment cannot cure. Which thing to do,-
If this poor trash2 of Venice, whom I trash;
For his quick hunting, stand the putting on,
I'll have our Michael Cassio on the hip;
Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb, 4—
(1) To advance them.

(2) Worthless hound. (3) The term for a clog put on a hound, to hinder bis running.

(4) In the grossest manner.

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For I fear Cassio with my night-cap too;
Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me,
For making him egregiously an ass,
And practising upon his peace and quiet
Even to madness. 'Tis here, but yet confus'd;
Knavery's plain face is never seen, till us'd. (Exil

. SCENE II.-A street. Enter a Herald, with a

proclamation ; people following. Her. It is Othello's pleasure, our noble and valiant general, that, upon certain tidings now arrived, importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet, every man put himself into triumpb; some to dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what sport and revel his addiction leads him; for, besides these beneficial news, it is the celebration of his nuptials: So much was his pleasure should be proclaimed. All offices are open; and there is full liberty of feasting, from this present hour of five, till the bell hath told eleven. Heaven bless the isle of Cyprus, and our noble general, Othello. (Ereunt

. SCENE III.-A hall in the castle.

Enter Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, and Attendants. Oth. Good Michael, look you to the guard to

Let's teach ourselves that honourable stop,
Not to out-sport discretion.

Cas. Iago bath direction what to do;
But, notwithstanding, with my personal eye
Will I look to't.

lago is most honest. Michael, good night: To-morrow, with our earliest, Let me have speech with you.-Come, my dear

love, The purchase made, the fruits are to ensue ;

(To Desdemona That profit's yet to come 'twixt me and you. (1) Entire. (2) Rooms, or places in the castle.

Good night.

[Exeunt Oth. Des. and Attend.

Enter Iago.
Cas. Welcome, lago : We must to the watch.

lago. Not this hour, lieutenant; 'tis not yet ten o'clock: Our general castl us thus early, for the love of his Desdemona; whom let us not therefore blare ; he hath not yet made wanton the night with her: and she is sport for Jove.

Cas. She's a most exquisite lady:
Iago. And, I'll warrant ber, full of game.

Cas. Indeed, she is a most fresh and delicate creature.

Iago. What an eye she has ! methinks it sounds a parley of provocation.

Cas. An inviting eye; and yet methinks right modest.

Iago. And, when she speaks, is it not an alarm to love?

Cas. She is, indeed, perfection.
lago. Well

, happiness to their sheets! Come, lieutenant, I have a stoup of wine; and here with out are a brace of Cyprus gallants, that would fain bave a measure to the health of the black Othello.

Cas. Not to-night, good lago; I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking: I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.

lago. O, they are our friends; but one cup; I'll drink for you.

Cas. I have drunk but one cup to-night, and that was craftily qualified2 too, and, behold, what innovation it makes here: I am unfortunate in the infirmity, and dare not task my weakness with any

Tago. What, man! 'tis a night of revels; the gallants desire it.

Cas. Where are they?
(1) Dismissed. (2) Slily mixed with water.


lago. Here at the door; I pray you, call them in.
Cas. I'll do't; but it dislikes me. (Exit Cassio.
Iago. If I can fasten but one cup upon him,
With that which he hath drunk to-night already,
He'll be as full of quarrel and offence
As my young mistress' dog. Now, my sick fool,

Whom love has turn'd almost the wrong side out-

To Desdemona hath to-night carous'd
Potations pottle-deep; and he's to watch:
Three lads of Cyprus,-noble swelling spirits,
That hold their honours in a wary distance,
The very elements of this warlike isle,-
Have I to-night fluster'd with flowing cups,
And they watch too. Now, 'mongst this flock of

Am I to put our Cassio in some action
That may offend the isle :-But here they come :
If consequence do but approve my dream,
My boat sails freely, both with wind and stream.
Re-enter Cassio; with him Montano, and Gentle-

Cas. 'Fore heaven, they have given me a rouse!

Mon. Good faith, a little one ; not past a pint,
as I am a soldier.
lago. Some wine, ho!

And let me the canakin clink, clink; (Sings.
And let me the canakin clink :

A soldier's a man ;

A life's but a span; Why then, let a soldier drink. Some wine, boys!

(Wine brought in Cas. 'Fore heaven, an excellent song. lago. I learned it in England, where indeed)

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(1) A little more than enough.

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