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Bra. Thou art a villain. ago. You are a senator.

[dorigo. Bra. This thou shalt answer. I know thee, Ro.

Rod. Sir, I will answer any thing. But I beseech
If 't be your pleasure and most wife confent (you,
(As partly, I find, it is) that your fair daughter,
At this odd even and dull watch of the night,
Transported with no worse nor better guard,
But with a knave of hire, a Gondelier,
To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor;
If this be known to you, and your allowance,
We then have done you bold and saucy wrongs.
But if you know not this, my manners tell me,
We have your wrong rebuke. . Do not believe,
That from the sense of all civility
I thus would play, and trifle with your reverence.
Your daughter, if you have not given her leave,
I say again, hath made a gross revolt;
Tying her duty, beauty, wit and fortunes
To an extravagant and wheeling stranger,
Of here and every where. Straight satisfy yourself;
If the be in her chamber, or your house,
Let loose on me the justice of the State
For thus deluding you.

Bra Strike on tlie tinder, ho!
Give me a taper ;-call up all my people;---
This accident is not unlike my dream,
Belief of it oppresses me already.
Light, I fay, light!

lago. Farewel; for I must leave you.
It fecms not meet, nor wholsome to my place,
To be produc'd (as, if I stay, I fhall)
Against the Moor. For I do know, the State,
However this may gall him with some check,
Cannot with safety cast him. For he's embark'd
With such loud reason to the Cyprus' wars;
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Which even now stand in act, that for their fonis,
Another of his fadom they have none,
To lead their bulinefs. In which regard,
Though I do hate him as I do hell's

pais, Yet, for necessity of present life, I must shew out a flag and sign of love : [find him, (Which is, indeed, but fign.) That you may furely Lead to the Sagittary the raised fearch; And there will I be with him. So, farewel. [Exit. Enter BRABANTI0, and Servants with lighted

Torches. Bra. It is too true an evil, Gone she is; And what's to come of my despised time, Is nought but bitterness. Now, Rodorigo, Where didit thou see her? Oh unhappy girl! With the Moor, faidst thou? who would be a father? How didst thou know'twas she? oh, she deceives me, Palt thoughtWhat said she to you? get more

tapers Raife all my kindred---are they married, think you?

Rod. Truly, I think, they are.

Bra. Oh Heaven! how gat The-out !
Oh treason of my blood!
Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds,
By what you see them act. Are there not charms,
By which the property of youth and maidhood
May be abused? have you not read, Rodorigo,
Of some such thing?

Rod. Yes, Sir, I have, indeed.
Bra. Call up my brother. Oh, 'would

you

had Some one way, some another-Do you know Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?

Rod. I think I can discover him, if you please To get good guard, and go along with me.

Bra. Pray you, lead on. At every house I'll call,

[had her,

I may command at most; get weapons, hoa !
And raise fome special officers of might:
On, good Rodorigo, I'll deserve your pains. [Exer
SCENE changes to another Street before the Sa-

gittary.
Enter OTHELLO, IAGO, and Attendants, with

Torches. lago. Tho' in the trade of war'l have flain men, Yet do I hold it very stuff o'th' conscience To do no contrived murder: I lack iniquity Sometimes to do me service.-.-.-Nine or ten times I thought to've jerked him here under the ribs.

Oib. It's better as it is.

lago. Nay, but he prated,
And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms
Against your honour;
That with the little godliness I have,
1 did full hard forbear him. But I pray, Sir,
Are

you fast married ? for be sure of this,
That the magnifico is much beloved,
And hath in his effect a voice potential (6)
As double as the Duke's: he will divorce you,
Or put upon you what restraint or grievance
The law (with all his might t' enforce it on)
Will give him cable.

Oih. Let him do his spight:
(0) And hath in his effet a voice potential,

As double as the Duke's ] Rymer seems to have had his eye on this patrage amongst others, when he talks so much : of the impropriety and barbarity in the style of this play. But it is, in truth, a very elegant grecism. As double, fignifies as large, as extesive.' So the Greeks used sitais, for, latus, grandis, as well as duplex; and, in the same manner and constructions, the Latins sometimes used their duplex.

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My services, which I have done the signory,
Shall out-tongue his complaints, 'Tis yet to knoir,
(Which, when I know that boasting is an honour,
į shall promulgate) ! fetch my life and being (7)
From inen of royal siege ; and my demerits
May speak, and bonneted, to as proud a fortune
As this that I have reached. For, know, Iago,
But that I love the gentle Desdemona,
I would not my unhoused free condition
Put into circumscription and confine, (yonder.
For the sea's worth. But look, what lights come

(7) I fetch my life and being

From men of royal siege; and my demerits
May speak unbonneted to as.proud a fortune

As this that I have reached.) Thus all the copies read this passage. But to speak unbonneted, is to speak with the cap off, which is directly opposite to the Puer's meaning. So, in King Lear ;

This night, in which the cub-drawn bear would couch,
The lion, and the belly.pinched wolf,
Keep their furr dry, unbonneted he runs,

And bids what will take all. Othello means to say, that his birth and services set him upon such a rank, that he may speak to a senator of Venice. with his hat on; i. e. without shewing any marks of deference, or inequality. I, therefore, am inclined to think. Shakespeare wrote;

May speak, and bonneted, &c. Or, if any like better the change of the negative un, ia. the corrupted reading, iato tbe epitatic im, we may thus re.. form it;

May speak imbonneted, &c. I proposed the correction this passage in my Shake.. speare Restored; upon which Mr Pope, in his last edition, has found out another expedient, and would read;

May fpeak u..boni eting, &c. i. e. as he says, without pulling off the bonnett. But the.. sense thus is equivocal and obscure; and antonneting more Daturally signities fulling of the bonnet, than the contrary:

Enter CASSIO with Torches. lago. Those are the raised father, and his friends:You were best

go

in. Oth. Not 1; I must be found. My parts, my title, and my perfect foul : Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they? lago. By Janus, I think no.

(nant, Oth. The servants of the Duke and my LieuteThe goodness of the night upon you, friends! What is the news ?

Caf. The Duke doth greet you, General; And he requires your halte, poft-hafte appearance, Even on the instant.

Oth. What is the matter, think you?

Caf. Something from Cyprus, as I may divine ;
It is a business of some heat. The gallies -
Have sent a dozen -sequent messengers
This very night at one another's heels :
And many of the counsellors raised and met, (8)
Are at the Duke's already. You have been hotly.

called for,
When, being not at your lodging to be found,
The Senate Tent above three feveral quests,
To search you out.

Oth. 'Tis well I am found by you :
I will but spend a word here in the house,
And.
1.go
with
you.

[Exit Othello, Caf. Ancient, what makes he here? (8) And many of the consuls, raise and mel,

Are at the Duke's alreauin] Thus all the editions concur in reading; but there is no such character as a cunjit ar-pears in any part of the play. I change it to counseliers; i e. the grandees that constituie the great council at. Venice, The reason I bare already given above, in the close of abusa fith note.

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