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And Cassio high in oath; which, till to-night,
I ne'er might say before : when I came back
(For this was brief,) I found them close together,
At blow, and thrust; even as again they were,
When you yourself did part them.
More of this matter can I not report :-
But men are men; the best sometimes forget:-
Though Cassio did some little wrong to him,
As men in rage strike those that wish them best,-
Yet, surely, Cassio, I believe, receiv'd,
From him that fled, some strange indignity,
Which patience could not pass.
Oth.

I know, lago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassig :-Cassio, I love thee ; But never more be officer of mine.

Enter Desdemona, attended.
Look, if my gentle love be not rais'd up;-
I'll make thee an example.
Des.

What's the matter, dear? Oth. All's well now, sweeting; Come away

to bed. Sir, for your hurts, Myself will be your surgeon : Lead him off.

(To Montano, who is led of Iago, look with care about the town; And silence those whom this vile brasi distractedCome, Desdemona; 'tis the soldier's life, To have their balmy slumbers wak'd with strife.

[Exeunt all but lago and Cassio. lago. What, are you hurt, lieutenant ? Cas. Ay, past all surgery.. lago. Marry, heaven forbid !

Cas. Reputation, reputation, reputation! 0,1 have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part, sir, of myself, and what remains is bestial.My reputation, lago, my reputation.

Tago. As I am an honest man, I thought you had received some bodily wound; there is more offence

in that, than in reputation. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving : You have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser. What, man! there are ways to recover the general again : You are but now cast in his mood, a punishment more in policy than in malice; even so as one would beat his offenceless dog, to affright an imperious lion : sue to him again, and he's yours.

Cas. I will rather sue to be despised, than to deceive so good a commander, with so slight, so drunken, and so indiscreet an officer. Drunk? and speak parrot ?2 and squabble ? swagger? swear? and discourse fustian with one's own shadow ?-O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee-devil !

Iago. What was he that you followed with your sword? What had he done to you?

Cas. I know not.
Iago. Is it possible?

Cas. I remember a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore.-0, that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains ! that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts !

Iago. Why, but you are now well enough : How came you thus recovered ?

Cas. It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, to give place to the devil, wrath : one unperfectness shows me another, to make me frankly despise myself.

lago. Come, you are too severe a moraler: As the time, the place, and the condition of this country stands, I could heartily wish this had not befallen ; but, since it is as it is, mend it for your own good.

Cas. I will ask him for my place again ; he shall (1) Dismissed in his anger. (2) Talk idly

I love you.

tell me, I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! O strange !- Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil.

lago. Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used; exclaiin no more against it. And, good lieutenant, I think, you think

Cas. I have well approved it, sir.— I drunk!

lago. You, or any man living, may be drunk at some time, man. I'll tell you what you shall do. Our general's wife is now the general ;– I may say so in this respect, for that he hath devoted, and given up himself to the contemplation, mark, and denotement of her parts and graces :--confess yourself freely to her; importune her; she'll help to put you in your place again : she is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition, that she holds it a vice in her goodness, not to do more than she is requested: This broken joint, between you and her husband, entreat her to splinter; and, my fortunes against any lay? worth naming, this crack of your love shall grow stronger than it was before.

Cas. You advise me well.

Iago. I protest, in the sincerity of love, and honest kindness.

Cas. I think it freely; and, betimes in the morning, I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to undertake for me: I am desperate of my fortunes, if they check me here.

lago. You are in the right. Good night, lieutenant; I must to the watch. Cas. Good night, honest lago.

(Exit Cassio. lago. And what's he then, that says, I play the

villain? When this advice is free, I give, and honest, Probal to thinking, and (indeed) the course

(1) Bet or wager.

To win the Moor again? For, 'tis most easy
The inclining Desdemona to subdue
In any honest suit; she's fram'd as fruitfull
As the free elements. And then for her
To win the Moor,—were't to renounce his baptism,
All seals and symbols of redeemed sin,-
His soul is so enfetter'd to her love,
That she may make, unmake, do what she list,
Even as her appetite shall play the god
With his weak function. How am I then a villain,
To counsel Cassio to this parallel2 course,
Directly to his good ? Divinity of hell !
When devils will their blackest sins put on,
They do suggests at first with heavenly shows,
As I do now: For while this honest fool
Plies Desdemona to repair his fortunes,
And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor,
I'll pour this pestilence into his ear,-
That she repeals4 him for her body's lust;
And, by how much she strives to do him good,
She shall undo her credit with the Moor.
So will I turn her virtue into pitch;
And out of her own goodness make the net,
That shall enmesh them all.—How now, Roderigo?

Enter Roderigo. Rod. I do follow here in the chace, not like a hound that hunts, but one that fills up the cry. My money is almost spent; I have been to-night exceedingly well cudgelled; and, I think, the issue will be I shall have so much experience for my pains : and so, with no money at all, and a little more wit, return to Venice. Iago. How poor are they, that have not pa

tience What wound did ever heal, but by degrees ? Thou know'st we work by wit, and not by witch

craft;
(1) Liberal, bountiful. (2) Even.
(3) Tempt. (4) Recalls.

And wit depends on dilatory time.
Does't not go well? Cassio hath beaten thee,
And thou, by that small hurt, hast cashier'd Cassio :
Though other things grow fair against the sun,
Yet fruits, that blossom first, will first be ripe :
Content thyself a while. --By the mass, 'tis morning;
Pleasure, and action, make the hours seem short-
Retire thee; go where thou art billeted :
Away, I say; thou shalt know more hereafter:
Nay, get thee gone. (Exit Rod.] Two things are

to be done, -
My wife must move for Cassio to her mistress;
l'll set her on;
Myself, the while, to draw the Moor apart,
And bring him jump? when he may Cassio find
Soliciting his wife :-Ay, that's the way ;
Dull not device by coldness and delay. (Erit.

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SCENE I.-Before the castle. Enter Cassio,

and some Musicians. Cas. Masters, play here, I will content your pains. Something that's brief; and bid-good-morrow, general.

(Music Enter Clown. Clo. Why, masters, have your instruments been at Naples, that they speak i'the nose thus?

1 Mus. How, sir, how?

Clo. Are these, I pray you, called wind instru: ments?

1 Mus. Ay, marry, are they, sir.
Clo. O, thereby hangs a tail.
1 Mus. Whereby bangs a tale, sir ?

(1) Just at the time.

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