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lago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a landa
carrack; If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.
Gaf. I do not understand. lago. He's married. Caf. To whom? lago. Marry, to----Come, Captain, will you go?
Enter OTHELLO. Oth. Have with you. Gaf. Here comes another troop to seek for you.. Enter BRABANTIO, RODORIGO, with Oficers and
Orh. Holla! stand there.
[They draw on both sides. lago. You, Rodorigo ! come, Sir, I am for youOth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew
will rust 'em,
that she shanned The 7: eolthy curled darlings of our natior.) Though I have not disturbed the text, here, I ought to subjoin a very probable conjecture which Mr Warburton proposed ine
The wealthy culles darlings of our nation.
The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,
i. e. picked, select, chosen from the common suitors. For
Lüve's Labour Loft.
Troilus and Crelildo
Romeo and Juliet.
Ibid. &c. &c &c, (10) Fudge me the world, if 't's not grofs in sense,
That ihou har prattised on her with foul charms,
That weaken motion.} Brabantio is here acculing Othello of having ufed fome foul play, and in:oxicated Desdemona by
, That thou haft practised on her with foul charms, Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals, drugs and potions to win-her over to his love. But why drugs to weaken motion? How then could the have run away with him voluntarily from her father's house? Had the been averse co chufing Othello, though he had given her medicines that took away the use of her limbs, might she not still have retained her fenfes, and opposed the marriage !-Her father, 'tis evident, from several of his speeches, is pofitive that the must have been abuíed in her rational faculties, or the could not have made fo preposterous a choice as to wed with a Moor, a.black, and refuse the finest young gentlemen in Venice. Whatthen have we to do with her motion being weakened? If I understand anything of the Poet's meaning here, I caonot but think he must have wrote;
Abused her delicate youth with drugs, or minerals,
That wcaken notion : i. e. her apprehension, right conception and idea of things, understanding, judgment, &c. 'Tis usual with us to say, we have no notion of a thing, when we would mean, we don't very clearly understand it. The Roman claslics used the word in the fame manner; and Cicero has thus defined it for us. Notionem appello, quod Græci ium ivvorav tum wspóantivo Die notionem nullum animal eft quod habeat præler hominem. Idem 1. de Legibus. Cujus rei rationem notionemque eodem volumine tradidit. Plin. lib. 17. cap. 28. &c. Nor is oar Author infrequent in the usage of this term.
Does Lear walk thus? speak thus ? Where are bis eyes ?
King Lear. -
Mache:h. And, in Cyn:beline he has expressed the fame idea by an equivalent term:
The drug he gave me, which he faid was precious
Murderous to the senses? I made this emendation in the appendix to my Shakefpeare Restored, and Mr Pope has adopted it in his lak edis
That weaken notion.---I'll have't disputed on i
Oth. Hold your hands,
Bra. To prison, 'till fit time
Oth. What if I do obey ?
Ofi. True, most worthy Signior.
Bra. How ! the Duke in council ?
of my brothers of the State,
(11) For if such axions may have partage free,
Bonifaves and pagans fall our statefnien be.] I have long. bad a suspicion of pagans here. Would Brabantio infer, if his private injury were not redrefied, the fepate should no. longer pretend to call theinselves Christians? But pagans are as strict and moral:we tind all the world ever, as the most regulas.
SCENE changes to the Senate-house. Duke and Senators, set at a Table, with Lights,
and Attendants. Duke. There is no composition in these newsj. That gives them credit.
i Ser. Indeed they're disproportioned ; My letters fay, a hundred and seven gallies,
Duke. And mine a hundred and forty.
2 Sen. And mine two hundred: But though they jump not on a just account, (As in these cases, where the aiın reports,
Tis oft with difference ;) yet do they all confirm. A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus.
Duke. Nay, it is possible enough to judgment; I do not fo fecure me in the error, But the main article I do approve In fearful sense.
Sailors within.] What hoa! what hoa! what hoa! Christians, in the preservation of private property. The difference of faith is not at all concerned, but mere haman policy, in ascertaining the right of meum and tuum. I have ventured to imagine that our Author wrote;
Bondhaves and pageants fhalt our statesmen be: i. e. if we'll let such' injurious actions go unpunished, our Statesmen must be slaves, cyphers in "ffice, and have no power of redresing;. be things of more show, and gaudy apo pearance only. So, in Measure for Measure;
Mine were the very cyplier of a function,
And let go by the actor.
-if we stand still in fear,