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Oth." Lie with her ! on her !-We say,
lie “ On her, when they belie her: Lie with
her! “ That's fulsome.—Handkerchief,—confes
sions, -han'dkerchief. “ That-to confess, and be háng'd for his
labour. “ First to be hang’d-confess :- I tremble
at it. “ Nature would not invest herself in such “Shadowing passion, without some instruc
[Enter Cassio.] Cas. “ What's the matter ?»
“ (This is) his second fit.”“ This is” useless, and should be ejected:
“ His second fit; he had one yesterday.”
“ And many a civil monster.” We might add
There you'll find."
438. “Which they dare swear peculiar; your
case is better." The reduction of this line to its due quantity will reform those that follow : ; “ Which they dare swear peculiar ; your case “ Is better. O, it is the spite of heil, ~ The fiend's arch-mock, to lip a wanton in “ A secure couch, and to suppose her chaste ! “No, let me know; and, knowing what I am, “ I know what I shall be.” Oth. "
(), thou art wise ; 66 Tis certain.” lag.“- Stand, my lord, a while apart.”
" A sécure couch.” The same accent is given in Hamlet to “ secure :”
“Upon my sécure hour thy uncle stole.” 440.“ — - All in all in spleen.”
I am persuaded that Dr. Johnson has pointed out the true reading, which seems to be confirmed by the context
66 All in all a spleen,
" Dost thou hear ?" As this expression occurs in the very next sentence, I am persuaded it has slipped in improperly here. We might read,
“And nothing of a man.” Oth. “
I tell thee, lago, “I will be found most cunning in my pa
“ But yet most bloody." lag. “ Well, that's not amiss.”
“Whose want even kills me.” Something has been lost-perhaps, like this:
“ How shall I regain it.” 441. “ Look, how he laughs already !”
Here a foot and a half is wanting. I would read,
“How quickly should you speed.” Cas. “ Alas! poor caitiff! " I think I should.”
(Laugh.) Oth. “ Look, how he laughs already."
“ I marry her !” &q This is out of measure. We might read, “I marry her?-ha! ha! a customer ! “I pr’ythee, bear some charity to my wit; " Don't think it so unwholesome. Ha! ha! ha!”
“So, so,” &c. We might read, with due quantity, “So, so, so, so ! 'tis well! they laugh that win.”
“ A very villain else.” “Very” has unnecessarily intruded into this hemistic.
“ Have you scored me? The metre might thus be repaired : “What, have you scor'd me? say you so! 'tis
well.” Of the prose that follows, until the entrance of Lodovico, little, perhaps, if any of it, can reasonably be ascribed to Shakspeare.
[Enter Lodovico, Desdemona, &c.] 447. “ Save you,” &c.
The first quarto will assist in repairing the metre here:
“God save you, general.” Otk. “ With all my heart.”
“ I kiss the instrument of their pleasures.” We might read, “ I kiss the instrument of their good pleasures.”
“ I am very glad,” &c. The metre here is sadly deranged. I would propose,
“I am glad to see you, sir—welcome to
Cyprus.” Lod. “Thanks, sir; how does lieutenant Cassyo?" Iag. “ . Lives.” 448. “ Are you sure of that ?”. Perhaps, we should read,
" Ay, madam ! are you sure of that?” Desd. “ My lord !”
“ Fire and brimstone !" , Fire should be spelled as it is here pronounced, and was written, a dissyllable, “fiér.”
“ By my troth, I am glad on’t.” I would read, “ Now, by my troth, I am right glad of it.”
And then the rest proceeds---
I'm glad to see you mad.”
I've not deséry'd this.” “ Truly, an obedient lady." We might read,
“ Truly, she is a most obedient lady." 450. “Who, I, my lord ?” I would propose,
“Who, I, my lord?”
“ That I would make her turn ? sir, she can
Mr. Malone seems to have gone out of the way to find the force and application of these words, which seem no more than the immediate result of the speaker's reflections upon inconti. nence and lust.
“ The shot of accident, nor dart of chance,
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