« PreviousContinue »
Rod. I am changed. I'll sell all my land.
Iago. Go to; farewell : put money enough in your purse.
Thus do I ever make my fool my purse:
For I mine own gain'd knowledge should profane,
If I would time expend with such a snipe,
But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor;
And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets
He has done my office: I know not if't be true;
But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
Will do, as if for surety. He holds * me well :
The better shall my purpose work on him.
Cassio 's a proper man: Let me see now;
To get his place, and to plume up my will;
A double knavery,–How? how ?- Let me see:
After some time, to abuse Othello's ear,
That he is too familiar with his wife :-
He hath a person, and a smooth dispose,
To be suspected ; framed to make women false.
The Moor is of a free and open nature,
That thinks men honest that but seem to be so;
And will as tenderly be led by the nose,
As asses are.
I have't-it is engender'd:-Hell and night
Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light. [Exit.
ACT II. SCENE I.-A Sea-port Town in CYPRUS. A Platform.
Enter MONTANO and Two GENTLEMEN. Mon. What from the cape can you discern at sea ?
1 Gent. Nothing at all: it is a high-wrought flood;
I cannot, 'twixt the heaven and the main,
Descry a sail.
Mon. Methinks, the wind hath spoke aloud at land :
A fuller blast ne'er shook our battlements :
If it hath ruffian'd so upon the sea,
What ribs of oak, when mountains melt on them,
Can hold the mortise ? what shall we hear of this?
2 Gent. A segregation of the Turkish fleet:
For do but stand upon the foaming shore,
The chiding billow seems to pelt the clouds;
The wind-shaked surge, with high and monstrous main,
Seems to cast water on the burning bear,
And quench the guards of the ever-fixed pole:
I never did like molestation view
On th' enchafed flood.
Mon. If that the Turkish fleet
Be not inshelter'd and embay'd, they are drown'd;
It is impossible they bear it out.
Enter a third GENTLEMAN.
3 Gent. News, lords ! our wars are done;
The desperate tempest hath so bang’d the Turks,
That there designment halts: A noble ship of Venice
Hath seen a grievous wreck and sufferance
On most part of their fleet.
Mon. How! is this true ?
3 Gent. The ship is here put in,
A Veronese; Michael Cassio,
Lieutenant to the warlike Moor, Othello,
Is come on shore: the Moor himsell's at sea,
And is in full commission here for Cyprus.
Mon. I am glad on’t; 'tis a worthy governor.
3 Gent. But this same Cassio, though he speak of comfort,
Touching the Turkish loss,-yet he looks sadly,
And prays the Moor be safe ; for they were parted
With foul and violent tempest.
Mon. 'Pray heaven he be;
For I have served him, and the man commands
Like a full* soldier. Let's to the sea-side, ho !
As weli to see the vessel that's come in,
As throw out our eyes for brave Othello;
Even till we make the main, and the aerial blue,
An indistinct regard.
3 Gent. Come, let's do so; For every minute is expectancy Of more arrivance.
Cas. Thanks to the valiant of this warlike isle,
That so approve the Moor; 0, let the heavens
Give him defence against the elements,
For I have lost him on a dangerous sea !
Mon. Is he well shipp'd ?
Cas. His bark is stoutly timber'd, and his pilot
Of very expert and approved allowance; t.
Therefore my hopes, not surfeited to death,
Stand in bold cure. I
[Within.] A sail, a sail, a sail !
Enter another GENTLEMAN.
Cas. What noise ?
4 Gent. The town is empty; on the brow o’the sea
Stand ranks of people, and they cry—a sail.
Cas. My hopes do shape him for the governor.
2 Gent. They do discharge their shot of courtesy :
[Guns heard. Our friends, at least.
Cas. I pray you, Sir, go forth, And give us truth who 'tis that is arrived. 2 Gent. I shall.
[Exit. * Complete.
† Allowed and approved expertness.
# Erect themselves in full confidence. VOL. IV.
Mon. But, good lieutenant, is your general wived ?
Cas. Most fortunately: he hath achieved a maid
That paragons description, and wild fame;
One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens,
And in the essential* vesture of creation,
Does bear all excellency.-How now? who has put in ?
Re-enter second GENTLEMAN. 2 Gent. 'Tis one Iago, ancient to the general.
Cas. He has had most favourable and happy speed:
Tempests themselves, high seas, and howling winds,
The gutter'd rocks, and congregated sands,
Traitors ensteep'd to clog the guiltless keel,-
As having sense of beauty, do omit
Their mortalt natures, letting go safely by
The divine Desdemona.
Mon. What is she ?
Cas. She that I spake of, our great captain's captain,
Left in the conduct of the bold Iago;
Whose footing here anticipates our thoughts,
A se'enight's speed. ---Great Jove, Othello guard,
And swell his sail with thine own powerful breath;
That he may bless this bay with his tall ship,
Make love's quick pants in Desdemona's arms,
Give renew'd fire to our extincted spirits,
And bring all Cyprus comfort !-0, behold,
Enter DESDEMONA, EMILIA, IAGO, RODERIGO, and
The riches of the ship is come on shore !
Ye men of Cyprus, let her have your knees;-
Hail to thee, lady! and the grace of heaven,
Before, behind thee, and on every hand,
Enwheel thee round.
Des. I thank you, valiant Cassio.
What tidings can you tell me of my lord ?
Cas. He is not yet arrived ; nor know I aught
But that he's well, and will be shortly here.
Des. O, but I fear;—How lost you company ?
Cas. The great contention of the sea and skies Parted our fellowship : But, hark! a sail
. [Cry within A sail, a sail! Then guns heard. 2. Gent. They give their greeting to the citadel: This likewise is a friend. Cas. See for the news.
[Exit GENTLEMAN, Good ancient, you are welcome ;-Welcome, mistress :
[To EMILIA. Let it not gall your patience, good Iago, That I extend my manners: 'tis my breeding That gives me this bold show of courtesy.
[Kissing her. Iago. Sir, would she give you so much of her lips, * Real.
† Deadly, destructive.
As of her tongue she oft bestows on me,
You'd have enough.
Des. Alas, she has no speech.
Iago. In faith, too much;
I find it still, when I have list* to sleep:
Marry, before your ladyship, I grant,
She puts her tongue a little in her heart,
And chides with thinking.
Emil. You have little cause to say so.
Iago. Come on, come on; you are pictures out of doors,
Bells in your parlours, wild cats in your kitchens,
Saints in your injuries, devils being offended,
Players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds.
Des. O, fie upon thee, slanderer!
Iago. Nay, it is true, or else I am a Turk;
You rise to play, and go to bed to work.
Emil. You shall not write my praise.
Iago. No, let me not.
Des. What wouldst thou writeof me, if thou shouldst praise me?
Iago. O gentle lady, do not put me to't;
For I am nothing, if not critical. †
Des. Come on, assay :-There's one gone to the harbour ?
Iago. Ay, Madam.
Des. I am not merry; but I do beguile
The thing I am, by seeming otherwise. -
Come, how wouldst thou praise me?
Iago. I am about it; but, indeed, my invention
Comes from my pate, as birdlime does from frize,
It plucks out brains and all : But my muse labours,
And thus she is deliver'd.
If she be fair and wise,-fairness, and wit,
The one's for use, the other useth it.
Des. Well praised! How if she be black and witty ?
Iago. If she be black, and thereto have a wit,
She'll find a white that shall her blackness fit.
Des. Worse and worse.
Emil. How, if fair and foolish ?
Iago. She never yet was foolish that was fair;
For even her folly help'd her to an heir.
Des. These are old fond I paradoxes, to make fools laugh i’ the alehouse. What miserable praise hast thou for her that's foul and foolish ?
Iago. There's none so foul, and foolish thereunto, But does foul pranks which fair and wise ones do.
Des. O heavy ignorance !--thou praisest the worst best. But what praise couldst thou bestow on a deserving woman indeed! one, that, in the authority of her merit, did justly put on the vouch of every malice itself?
Iago. She that was ever fair, and never proud; Had tongue at will, and yet was never loud ; Never lack'd gold, and yet went never gay ; * Desire. + Censorious.
Fled from her wish, and yet said,
,-now I may;
She that, being anger'd, her revenge being nigh,
Bade her wrong stay, and her displeasure fly;
She, that in wisdom never was so frail,
To change the cod's head for the salmon's tail;
She that could think, and ne'er disclose her mind,
See suitors following, and not look behind;
She was a wight,-if ever such wight were, -
Des. To do what ?
Iago. To suckle fools, and chronicle small beer.
Des. O most lame and impotent conclusion !-Do not learn of him, Emilia, though he be thy husband. -How say you, Cassio ? is he not a most profane and liberal* counsellor ?
Cas. He speaks home, Madam; you may relish him more in the soldier, than in the scholar.
Iago [aside). He takes her by the palm: Ay, well said ; whisper: with as little a web as this, will I ensnare as great a fly as Cassio. Ay, smilė upon her, do'; I will gyve thee in thine own courtship. You say truc; 'tis so indeed : if such tricks as these strip you out of your lieutenancy, it had been better you had not kissed your three fingers so oft, which now again you are most apt to play the Sir in.†. Very good; well kissed ! an excellent courtesy ! 'tis so, indeed. Yet again your fingers to your lips? would that they were clyster-pipes for your sake![Trumpet.] The Moor, I know his trumpet.
Cas. "Tis truly so.
Des. Let's meet him and receive him.
Cas. Lo, where he comes !
Enter OTHELLO, and Attendants.
Oth. O my fair warrior !
Des. My dear Othello!
Oth. It gives me wonder great as my content
To see you here before me. O my soul's joy!
If after every tempest come such calms,
May the winds blow till they have waken’d death !
And let the labouring bark climb hills of seas,
Olympus-high; and duck again as low
As hell's from heaven! If it were now to die,
"Twere now to be most happy; for, I fear,
My soul hath her content so absolute,
That not another comfort like to this
Succeeds in unknown fate.
Des. The heavens forbid,
But that our loves and comforts should increase,
Even as our days do grow !
Oth. Amen to that, sweet powers ! -
I cannot speak enough of this content,
It stops me here; it is too much of joy:
And this, and this, the greatest discords be, [Kissing her.
That e'er our hearts shall make!
* Licentious, free-spoken.
† Show off your gallantry.