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This is fome token from a newer friend :
Of tlıy felt absence now I feel a cause:
Is't come to this? well, well.

Caf. Go to, woman :
Throw your vile guelfes in the devil's teeth,
From whence you have them. You are jealous now,
That this is from some mistress, some remembrance?
No, in good troth, Bianca.

Bian. Why, whose is it?

Caf. I know not neither; I found it in my chamI like the work well : ere it be demanded, [ber; As like enough it will, I'd have it copied: Take it and do't, and leave me for this time,

Bian. Leave you? wherefore?

Caf. I do attend here on the General,
And think it no addition, nor my wish,
To have him see me womaned.

Bian. Why, I pray you?
Caf. Not that I love you not.

Bian. But that you do not love me;
I pray you, bring me on the way a little;
And say if I shall see you soon at night?

Caf. 'Tis but a little way that I can bring you, For I attend here. But I'll see


foon. Bian. 'Tis very good, I must be circumstanced.

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SCENE, 4 Court before the Palace.



Will you think so?

Oth. Think fe, Iago ?
Lago. What, to kiss in private?

Oth. An unauthorised kiss?

lago. Or to be naked with her friend in bed, An hour or more, not meaning any harm?

Oth. Naked in bed, Iago, and not mean harm? It is hypocrisy againit the devil : (43) They that mean virtuously, and yet do so, The devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt

Heaven. lage. If they do nothing, 'tis a venial lip: But if I give my wife a handkerchief:

Oth. What then?

lago. Why then, 'tis hers, my Lord; and being She may, I think, beltow't on any man. (hers,

Oth. She is protectress of her honour too;, May she give that?

lago. Her honour is an essence that's not seen;: They have it very oft, that have it not: But for the handkerchiefOth. By Heaven, I would most gladly have for

got it ; Thou faidit-oh, it comes o'er my memory, (43) Naked in bed, Tago, and mean no harm?

It is hapocrisy gain the devil.] This paffage puts me in mind of a fingular set of devotees in the primitive church of both sexes, (whom S. Cyprian condemns in one of his epistles) and which had continued a considerable time, as we may fee from Dodwell's Cyprianic Di Pertations, where we have a full account of them. There were several of both sexes, who had made their vows and professions of chastity ;and, as the extremelt trial of their virtue, scrupled not to Iy naked together in bed. Some had been excommunicated for it of the female sex, who yet stuck to their innocence, and offered to undergo any trials of their virginity. Whether our Author had these diffembling devotees in his mind or no, I dare not pretend to say: but some of the sect, if I rernember right, were detected and brought to punishment in his time,

Mr Wariurion.

As doth the raven o'er th' infected house,
Boding to ill ----- he had my handkerchief.

lago. Ay, what of that?
oil. That's not so good now.

lago. What if I said, I'd seen him do you wrong? Or hcard him fay, (as knaves be such abroad, (44)


-as kazes be such abroa's ho having by their own importunate Juit, Or viluntary cotage of fime nifirefs, Convinced or supplied them, cannot chule

B::t they mu? blab. ] I altered this, as I have now reformed the text, in the Appendix to my Shakespeare Resosed.

I cannot understand the vulgar reading, which posses les the copies. My emendation makes the lense of the parë fage easy and intelligible: that there are fome such logo tongued knaves in the world, who, if they through the force of importunity, extort a favour from their mistress, or if through her own fondness they make her pliant to their defires, cannot help boasting of their success. To convince, here, is not, as in the common acceptation, to make fenfible of the truth of any thing by rcalens and a guments ; but to overcome, get the better of, &c. So in Macbeth;

his two chamberlains Will I with wine and waffel fo convince, &c. And, again;

--iheir malady convinces

The great affay of art. And so in Cyinbeline;

Your Italy contains none fo accomplished a courtier ta convince the honour of my miltrefs.

To supple, (a verb forined from the adjective, 'tis well known, fignifies, to make pliant and flexible : and is, parricularly, a teria in furgery, when any part fivoln and Niff is, by fomentations, &c. reduced, and made foft and pliable. I find the word used in our Author's time, in the fense that I here make it bear. Fit.

-And you, mas broker,
Shall have a feeling.

so it füppie, Sir,
The perves

Staple of New

Who having by their own importunate fuit,
Cr voluntary dotage of some mistress,
Convinced or suppled them, they cannot chuse
But they must blab)

Oth. Hath be faid any thing?

lago. He hath, my Lord; but be you well af. No inore than helt unswear.

Oih. What hath he said ?
Iugo. Why, that he did know not what he.

Orh. What? what?
lago. Ly-
vih. With her ?
lago. With her, on her,----what you will.---

Oth. Ly with lier! ly on: her! ly with her! that's fulsome: handkerchief.--confeffions -- handkerchief_handkerchief---to confess and be hanged for his labour.--Firit to be hanged, and then---to confess !----| tremble at it---Nature .. would not in- . velt herself in such shadowing without fome in- {truction. It is not words that shake me thus-d.. piin---noses, ears, and lips---is't pofie!---contess!-.'. handkerchief !----Oh devil -.-- [Falls in a Trance.

lazo. Work on,
My medicine, work! thus credulous fools are caught;
And many worthy and chaste dames even thus,
All guiltless, ineet reproach. What, boa! my Lord!
My Lord, I say, Othello,-----

How now,

He's monstrous vexed, and musiy at my.chess-play,
But this shall supp!• him, when be has read is.

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Cypr. Thought and all ction cannot be controlled
Phili. Yet may't be bent and suppled with extremes.

Dumb Knighs.

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Caf. What's the matter?

logo. My Lord is fell into an epilepsy, This is the second fit; he had one yelterday.

Caf. Rub him about the temples.

lago. No, forbear, The lethargy mult bave his quiet course.; If not, he foams at mouth, and by and by Breaks out to favage madness: look, he stirs. Do yoll

withdraw yourself a little while, : He will recover straight; when he is gone, I would on great occasion speak with you.

[Exit Caffio. How is it, General? have you not hurt your head?

Oth. Dost thou mock me? lago. I mock you not, by Heaven; Would you would bear


fortunes like a man. Oth. A horned man's á monster, and a beast.

Iago. There's many a beast then in a populous And many a civil monster.

[city, Oth. Did he confefs it?. lago. Good Sir, be a man; Think, every bearded fellow, that's but yoked, May draw with your Millions are now alive, That nightly ly in those unproper beds, Wl.ich they dare swear peculiar Your cafe is better. Oh, 'tis the fpight of hell, 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 the shall be..

Oth. Oh, thou art wife; 'tis certain.

lago. Stand you a while apart, Confine yourself. but in a patient list. Whilst you were here, o’erwhelmed with your grief (A passion most unsuiting such a man) Callio come hither. I shifted him away, And laid good 'cuses on your ecstacy;

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