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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

lage. It is Brabantió: General, be advised;
He comes to bad intent.

Orh. Holla! stand there.
Rod. Signior, it is the Moor.
Bra. Down with him, thief!

[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,
Good Signior, you shall more command with years
Than with your weapons.
Bra. O thou foul thief! where haft thou stowed.

my daughter;
Damned as thou art, thou haft enchanted her;
For l’ll refer me to all things of fense,
If she in chains of magic were not bound,
Whether a maid, fo tender, fair, and happy,
So opposite to marriage, that she shunned (9)

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,
Would ever have, t' incur angereral mock,
Run from her guardage to the footy bosom
Of such a thing as thoil, to fear, not to delight?
Judge me the world, if it is not grofs in fenfe, (10)

i. e. picked, select, chosen from the common suitors. For
the epithec curled, as he observes, was no mark of diftince
tion or difference betyveen a Venetian and a Moor; which
latter people are remarkably urled by Nature. And though
cul.ed now, when our ears are nicer than our understand.
ings, may not to frequently find a place in the drama, the
fame objection did not ly to the found of it in Shak.Ipeare's
Of all complexions the culled sovereignty.

Lüve's Labour Loft.
Call for our chiefest men of difcipline
To cull the plots of her advantages. King John.
Then in a moment Fortune fliall rull forth
Out of one side her happy minion.

Before I drew this gallant head of war,
And culled these fiery spirits from the world
To out-look conquelt.

For who is he, whose chin is- but enriched
With one appearing hair, that will not follow
These culled and choice drawn cavaliers to France ?

Henry V.
Now ye familiar spirits, that are culled
Out of the powerful regions under carth. · Henry VI.
And here's a lord, come kiights from east to west,
And cull their flower, Ajax thalt cope the best.

Troilus and Crelildo
No, Madam, we have culled such necessaries
As are behoveful for our state to-morrow,

Romeo and Juliet.
It tattered weeds, with overwhelming brows,
Culling of imples.

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,
Abused her delicate youth with drugs, or minerals,

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 ?
Either his notien weakens, bis difcernings
Are lethargicd, &c.

King Lear. -
- Your judgments, my grave Lords,
Must give this cur the lie; and his own notion,
Who wears my stripes, &c.

And all things else, that might
To half a foul, and to a notion craz
Say, thus did Banquo.

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
And cordial to me, have I not found it

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
"Tis probable, and palpable to thinking.
I therefore apprehend and do attach thee
For an abuser of the world, a. practiser
Of arts inhibited and out of warrant:
Lay hold upon him; if he do refift,
Subdue himn at his peril.

Oth. Hold your hands,
Both you of my inclining, and the rest.
Were it !ny cue to fight, I should have known it
Without a prompter. Where will you I go
To answer this your charge?

Bra. To prison, 'till fit time
Of law, and course of direct sellion
Call thee to answer.

Oth. What if I do obey ?
How may the Duke be therewith fatisfied,
Whose messengers are here about my fide,
Upon forne present business of the State,
To bring me to him?

Ofi. True, most worthy Signior.
The Duke's in council; and your noble felf,
I'm sure, is sent for.,

Bra. How ! the Duke in council ?
In this tiine of the night? bring him away;
Mine's not an idle cause. The Duke himself,

of my brothers of the State,
Cannot but feel this wrong as 'twere their own;
For if such actions may have passage free, (11)
Bond-flaves and pageants shall our statesmen be.


(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,
To fine the faults, whose fine stands in record,

And let go by the actor.
And so, in King Henry VIII.

-if we stand still in fear,
Our motion will be mocked or carped at:
We thould take root here where we fit;
Or fit jlate-jtatrcs only

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