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Enter Sailor, Offi

. A messenger from the b Gallies, Duke, Now-what's the business?

Sail, The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes,
So was I bid, report here to the state,
By Signior Angelo.
Duke. How say you by this change?

į Sen. This cannot be,
By no assay of reason. 'Tis a pageant,
To keep us in false gaze! when we consider
*Th' importancy of Cyprus to the Turk,
And let ourselves again but understand,
That as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes,
So may he with more • facile question bear it;

For that it stands not in fuch warlike brace,
& But altogether lacks th' abilities
That Rhodes is drejt in. If we make thought of this,
We must not think the Turk is so unskilful,
To leave that latest which concerns him firf;
Neglecting an attempt of ease and gain,
To wake and wage a danger profitless.

Duke. i Nay, in * all confidence he's not for Rhodes,
Ofi, Here is more news,

Þ Firft q. Galley,

f The lines in Italic are not in the © The qu's and C. read, Now, ibe but if q. fineffe?

& The 2d q. Wbo for But, So the 2d q. the fo's, R. and C; ń S. gives neugbe for tbought, as the the rest omit this hemitich.

reading of q. 1630. • Pi seads fertile for facile,

The ist q. And for Nay.


Enter a Messenger.
Mef. The Ottomites, Reverend and Gracious,
Steering with due course toward the ifle of Rhodes,
Have there ' injointed them with an after-feet-

1 Sen. Ay, so I thought; how many, as you guess ?
Mes. Of thirty fail; and now they do restem
Their backward course, bearing with frank appearance
Their purposes P toward Cyprus. Signior Montano,
Your trusty and most valiant Servitor,
With 9 his free duty recommends you thus, ,
And prays you to believe him.

Duke. 'Tis certain then for Cyprus.
Marcus . Luccicos, is not he in town?

I Sen. He's now in Florence.
Duke. "Write from us to him, "post, post-hafte, dis-

I Sen. Here comes Brabantio, and the * valiant Moor.


k R. omits all.

+ So the ad g. and if and 2d fo's, 1 So all before R. who reads injoin'd; and C; the ift q. reads, is not bere in follow'd by all but J. and C.

town; the 3d and 4th fo's, R. P. and m The ift q. omits ebem.

H. is be not in town? T. W. and J. is . This speech not in ift q.

be not bere in town. • First q. refterine; 2d, rejerne, u The ift q. and C. Write from uso. P Qu's, lowards.

wish bim poft, &c. 9 C. Tbir for bis,

w P. and H. omit pol. r 7. tells us that Mr. Thomas Clark * The three laft fo's and R. omit va. of Lincoln's Inn reads relieve for believe, liane,

s C. reads Luccbest.

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To them, Enter Brabantio, Othello, Caffio, lago, Roderigo,

and officers.

Duke. Valiant Othello, we must straight einploy you,
Against the general enemy Ottoman.
I did not see you; welcome, gentle Signior, [To Brabant.
We y lack'd your counsel, and your help to-night,

Bra. So did I yours. Good your Grace, pardon me;
Neither my place, ? nor aught I heard of business,
Hath rais’d me from my bed; nor doth the general • caro
Take b hold on me, for my particular grief
Is of fo flood-gate and o’er-bearing nature,
That it ingluts and swallows other forrows,
And yet is still itself.

Duke. Why, what's the matter?
Bra, My daughter! oh, my daughter!
Sen. Dead ? -

Bra. Ay, to me;
She is abus'd, stoln from me, and corrupted

y First q. lacke.

c Qu's, of for on. z The ift f. had blunder'd nor into d The Ist q. griefes. bor, which the other fo’s alter to for. e All before R. read it for get ; to

a So all before P. who omits care; does C. followed by all but 7. and C.

f So all before P. who omits, Ay, b Before bold the aft q. inserts any. followed by the rett, except C.

& By

3 By spells and medicines, bought of mountebanks;
For nature so preposterously to err,
► Being 'not deficient, blind, or lame of sense, ,
· Sans witchcraft could m not -

Duke. Who-e'er he be that in this foul proceeding
Hath thus beguild your daughter of herself,
And, you of her, the bloody book of law
You shall yourself read in the bitter letter,
* After your own sense; "yea, though our proper son
Stood in


Bra. Humbly I thank your Grace.
Here is the man, this Moor, whom now it seems,
Your special mandate for the state-affairs
Hath hither brought.
Al. We are very sorry for 't.
Duke. What in your own part can you say to this ?

[ To Othello.

& Rymer has ridiculed this circum- se diamandano vulgarmente amatorie, Aance as unbecoming (both for its o veramente alcuni altri maleficii, che weakness and superstition) the gravity alcun bomo o femina se bavelon in odio, of the accuser, and dignity of the tri- fia fruftra et bollado, et che bara consebunal : But his criticism only exposes his gliado parisca fimile pena. And thereown ignorance. The circumftance was fore in the preceding Scene, Brabantia not only exactly in character, but urg- calls them, Arts inbibited and out of ed with the greatest address, as the warrant. W. thing chiefly to be infifted on. For, h This linc is omitted in ift q. by the Venetian law, the giving love

i The 2d omits not. potions was very criminal, as Sbake. k 7. reads nor for or. speare well understood. Thus the law, | First q. Saunce. De i maleficii et berbarie, cap. 17. of the m C, adds be after not. Code, intitled, Della promiffion del male n The qu's, After its own fenje, &c. ficto. Statnimo etiamdio, cbe-se alcun bo. • The ift g. and P. omit yea. Mio, o femina barra fatto maleficii, i quali p This direction first put in by T.


Bra. Nothing, but this is fo.

Oth. Most potent, grave, and reverend figniors,
My very noble and approved good masters;
That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter,
It is most true; true, I have married her;
The very head and front of my offending
Hath this extent; no more. Rude 9 am I in my speech,
And little bleft with the ' fet phrase of peace;
For fince these arms of mine had seven years pith,
'Till now, some nine moons wasted, they have us’d
Their dearest action in the tented field;
And little of this great world can I speak,
More than pertains to feats of broils and battle ;
And therefore little shall I grace my cause,
In speaking for myself. Yęt by your gracious patience,
I * will a round y unvarnish'd tale deliver
Of my whole course of love; what drugs, what charms,
What conjuration, and what mighty magic,
(For such a proceeding am I charg'd withal)
I won his daughter with.

Bra. A maiden, never bold;
Of spirit so still and quiet, that her motion
Blush'd at itself; and she, in spight of nature,
Of years, of country, credit, every thing,

9 The ad q. I am for am I.

* Second q. would for will. r So the qu's and W; the rest, soft y Second 9. unravifb'd. for set.

z The qu’s read proceedings. s First q. feate,

a So the qu's; the rest, I an. • Firft q. and C, broil.

• The qu's and ift f. omit witb. u Second q. of for for.

c This is Pe's emendation; all bew So all before P. who omits gra- fore read berself for itself. cimus ; followed by T. H. and W,


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