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That gives me this bold shew of courtesy,

lago. Sir, would she give you so much of her lips, As of her tongue she oft beitows on me, You'd have enough.

Def. Alas, she has no speech.

lago. In faith, too much ;
I find it still, when I have list to sleep;
Marry, before your Ladythip, I grant,
She

puts tongue a little in her heart And chides with thinking.

Æmil. You have little cause to say so.. lago. Come on, come on; you're pictures out of

doors, Bells in your parlours, wild cats in your kitchens, Saints in your injuries, devils being offended, Players in your housewifery, and housewives in

your beds! Def. 0, fy upon thee, flanderer!

lago. Nay, it is true, or else I am a Turk; You rise to play, and go to bed to work.

Æmil. You Thall not write my praise. lugo. No, let me not. Def. What wouldit thou write of me, if thou

shouldīt praise me? Iago. Oh, gentle Lady, do not put me to't, For I am nothing, if not critical. Def. Ceme, one affay. There's one gone to the

harbour---lago. Ay, Madam. Def. I ain not merry; but I do beguile The thing I am, by fceming otherwile ;----Come, how wouldlt thou praise me?

lago. I am about it; but indeed my invention comes from my pate, as birdlime does from frieze, it plucks out brains and all. But my muse labours, and thus the.is deliverede

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• If she be fair and wise, fairness and wit,
5. The one's for use, the other uleth it."
Def. Well praised; how if the be black and witty?.
lago: “ If she be black, and thereto have a wit,
66 She'll find a white that Thall her black-

co ness fit.”
Def. Worse and worfe.
#mil. How, if fair and foolish?
lago. “ She never yet was foolish, that was fair;

• For even her folly helped her to an heir.” Def. These are old fond paradoxes, to make fools laugh,i' th’alehouse. What miserable praise haft thou for her that's foul and foolish? lago." There's none so foul and foolish thereunto,

But, does foul pranks, which fair and

66 wife ones do,” Def. Oh, heavy ignorance! thou praisest the world best. But what praise couldst thou bestow on a deserving woman indeed ? (23) one that, in

(23) One that, in the authority of her merit, did juftly tut on te vouch of very malice il felf.] 'Though all the printed copies agree in this reading, I cannot help fufpecting it. If the text should be genuine, I confess it is above my undersarding In what sense can merit be faid to put on the vouch of malice? I should rather think, inerit was so fafe in itself, as to repel and put off all that malice and envy could advance and affirm to its prejudice; was upon its guard again every attack of calumny, and defied it. I have ventured to reform the text to this construction, by a very slight change that makes it intelligible. To the same purpose ihe Duke says in Measure for ivicafure;

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the authority of her merit, did justly put down the
vouch of very malice itself?
Iago. “ She that was ever fair and never proud,

“ Hadtongue at will, and yet was never loud;
“ Never lack'd gold, and yet went never gay,
-“ Fled from her with, and yet said, now !

may;
“ She that when angered, her revenge be-

“ing nigh,
“ Bade her wrong stay, and her displea-

- sure fly;
--6 She that in wisdom never was so frail
To change the cod's head for the fal.

6 mon's tail ;
6. She that could think, and ne'er disclose

** her mind,
" See suitors following, and not look behind;
“ She was a wight, (if ever such wight

“ were) ----
Def. To do what?
lago. “ To suckle fools, and chronicle small beer."

Def. Oh most lame and impotent conclufion! Do not Icarn of him, Æmilia, though he be thy husband. (24) How fay you, Caflio, is he not a most profane and liberal censurer!

So Queen Catharine, speaking of herself and the clearnels of her life and conduct,

My Lords, I care not (so much I am happy
Above a number) if my

actions
Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw them,
Envy and bale opinion set again i them ;
I know my life so even.

K, Henry VIII. And much to the tenor of our Poet's sentiment, as I have corrected it, Aufonius speaks of chastity.

Que casa est ? De quâ mentiri fama veretur. (24) How say you, Callio? Is be not a most profane and li

Caf. He speaks home, Madam; you may relilk him inore in the soldier than in the scholar.

lago. [-44de.] He takes her by the palm; ay, well laid----whisper----With as little a web as this, will I ensnare as great a fly as Caffio. Ay, smile upon her, do; I will gyve thee in thine own courtThip. You lay true, 'tis so indeed. If such tricks as these strip you out of your lieutenancy, it had been better you had not kissed your three fingers 'fo oft, which now again you are most apt to play the Sir in. Very good---well kissed, and excellent courtesy — 'tis fo indeed —Yet again------your fingers to your lips? 'would they were clister-pipes for your fake.

- [Trumpet.
The Moor, I know his trumpet.
Caf. 'Tis truly fo
Def. Let's meet him, and receive him.
Caf. Lo, where he comes !

Enter OTHELLO, and Attendants.
Oth. Oh my fair warrior!
Def. My dear Othello !

Oih. It gives me wonder, great as my content, To see you here before me. O my soul's joy! If after every tempest come such calms, May the winds blow till they have wakened death; And let the labouring bark climb hills of feas Olympus high, and deck again as low As hell's from lieaven ! if I were now to die, 'Twere now to be most happy; for I fear, My soul hath her content fo absolute, beral counsellor :] But in what respect was Jago a counsellor ? 'He caps fentences, indeed; but ihey are not by way of adrice, but description : what he fays, is, reflections on chaTacter and conduct in life. For this reason, I ain very art to think our Author wrote ce feres VOL. XII.

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am.

That not another comfort like to this
Succeeds in unknown fate.

Def. The Heavens forbid,
But that our loves and comforts should increase,
Even as our days do grow !

Oth. Amen to that, sweet powers !
I cannet speak enough of this content,
It stops me here; it is too much of joy.
And this, and this, the greatest discords be

[Kifing her. That e'er our hearts shall make !

lago. Oh, you are well-tuned now; but I'll let down the pegs that make this music, as honest as I

[ Afide. Oth. Come, let's to the castle. [drowned. Now, friends, our wars are done ; the Turks are How do our old acquaintance of this ifle ? Honey, you shall be well desired in Cyprus, I've found great love amongst them. Oh, my sweet, I prattle out of fashion, and I doat In mine own comfort. Prythee, good lago, Go to the bay, and disembark my coffers : Bring thou the master to the citadel, He is a good one, and his worthiness Does challenge much respect. Come, Desdemona, Once more well met at Cyprus.

[Exeunt Othello and Desdemona. Manent IAGO and RODORIGO. lago. Do you meet me presently at the harbour. Come thither, if thou be'lt valiant ; (as, they say, base men, being in love, have then a nobility in their natures more than is native to them)----- lift me; the Lieutenant to-night watches on the court of Guard. First, I must tell thee, this Desdemona is directly in love with him.

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