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Desde. Oh heauy ignorance: thou praisest the worst best. But what praise could’st thou bestow on a deseruing woman indeed? One, that in the authorithy of her merit, did iustly put on the vouch of very malice it selfe

Iago. She that was euer faire, and neuer proud, Had Tongue at will, and yet was neuer loud: Neuer lackt Gold, and yet went neuer gay, Fled from her wish, and yet said now I may.

She that being angred, her reuenge being nie, Bad her wrong stay, and her displeasure flie: She that in wisedome neuer was so fraile, To change the Cods-head for the Salmons taile: She that could thinke, and neu’r disclose her mind, See Suitors following, and not looke behind: She was a wight, (if euer such wightes were) Des. To do what?

Iago. To suckle Fooles, and chronicle small Beere

Desde. Oh most lame and impotent conclusion. Do not learne of him aemillia, though he be thy husband.

How say you (Ca.s.sio) is he not a most prophane, and liberall Counsailor?

Ca.s.sio. He speakes home (Madam) you may rellish him more in the Souldier, then in the Scholler

Iago. He takes her by the palme: I, well said, whisper.

With as little a web as this, will I ensnare as great a Fly as Ca.s.sio. I smile vpon her, do: I will giue thee in thine owne Courtship. You say true, ’tis so indeed.

If such tricks as these strip you out of your Lieutenantrie, it had beene better you had not kiss’d your three fingers so oft, which now againe you are most apt to play the Sir, in. Very good: well kiss’d, and excellent Curtsie: ’tis so indeed. Yet againe, your fingers to your lippes? Would they were Cl.u.s.ter-pipes for your sake.

The Moore I know his Trumpet

Ca.s.sio. ‘Tis truely so

Des. Let’s meete him, and recieue him

Ca.s.sio. Loe, where he comes.

Enter Oth.e.l.lo, and Attendants.

Oth. O, my faire Warriour

Des. My deere Oth.e.l.lo

Othe. It giues me wonder great, as my content To see you heere before me.

Oh my Soules Ioy: If after euery Tempest, come such Calmes, May the windes blow, till they haue waken’d death: And let the labouring Barke climbe hills of Seas Olympus high: and duck againe as low, As h.e.l.l’s from Heauen. If it were now to dye, ‘Twere now to be most happy. For I feare, My Soule hath her content so absolute, That not another comfort like to this, Succeedes in vnknowne Fate

Des. The Heauens forbid But that our Loues And Comforts should encrease Euen as our dayes do grow

Othe. Amen to that (sweet Powers) I cannot speake enough of this content, It stoppes me heere: it is too much of ioy.

And this, and this the greatest discords be That ere our hearts shall make

Iago. Oh you are well tun’d now: But Ile set downe the peggs that make this Musicke, as honest as I am

Othe. Come: let vs to the Castle.

Newes (Friends) our Warres are done: The Turkes are drown’d.

How do’s my old Acquaintance of this Isle?

(Hony) you shall be well desir’d in Cyprus, I haue found great loue among’st them. Oh my Sweet, I prattle out of fashion, and I doate In mine owne comforts. I prythee, good Iago, Go to the Bay, and disimbarke my Coffers: Bring thou the Master to the Cittadell, He is a good one, and his worthynesse Do’s challenge much respect. Come Desdemona, Once more well met at Cyprus.

Exit Oth.e.l.lo and Desdemona.

Iago. Do thou meet me presently at the Harbour.

Come thither, if thou be’st Valiant, (as they say base men being in Loue, haue then a n.o.bilitie in their Natures, more then is natiue to them) list-me; the Lieutenant to night watches on the Court of Guard. First, I must tell thee this: Desdemona, is directly in loue with him

Rod. With him? Why, ’tis not possible

Iago. Lay thy finger thus: and let thy soule be instructed.

Marke me with what violence she first lou’d the Moore, but for bragging, and telling her fantasticall lies. To loue him still for prating, let not thy discreet heart thinke it. Her eye must be fed. And what delight shall she haue to looke on the diuell? When the Blood is made dull with the Act of Sport, there should be a game to enflame it, and to giue Satiety a fresh appet.i.te.

Louelinesse in fauour, simpathy in yeares, Manners, and Beauties: all which the Moore is defectiue in. Now for want of these requir’d Conueniences, her delicate tendernesse wil finde it selfe abus’d, begin to heaue the, gorge, disrellish and abhorre the Moore, very Nature wil instruct her in it, and compell her to some second choice.

Now Sir, this granted (as it is a most pregnant and vnforc’d position) who stands so eminent in the degree of this Fortune, as Ca.s.sio do’s: a knaue very voluble: no further conscionable, then in putting on the meere forme of Ciuill, and Humaine seeming, for the better compa.s.se of his salt, and most hidden loose Affection? Why none, why none: A slipper, and subtle knaue, a finder of occasion: that he’s an eye can stampe, and counterfeit Aduantages, though true Aduantage neuer present it selfe.

A diuelish knaue: besides, the knaue is handsome, young: and hath all those requisites in him, that folly and greene mindes looke after. A pestilent compleat knaue, and the woman hath found him already

Rodo. I cannot beleeue that in her, she’s full of most bless’d condition

Iago. Bless’d figges-end. The Wine she drinkes is made of grapes. If shee had beene bless’d, shee would neuer haue lou’d the Moore: Bless’d pudding. Didst thou not see her paddle with the palme of his hand? Didst not marke that?

Rod. Yes, that I did: but that was but curtesie

Iago . Leacherie by this hand: an Index, and obscure prologue to the History of l.u.s.t and foule Thoughts.

They met so neere with their lippes, that their breathes embrac’d together. Villanous thoughts Rodorigo, when these mutabilities so marshall the way, hard at hand comes the Master, and maine exercise, th’ incorporate conclusion: Pish. But Sir, be you rul’d by me. I haue brought you from Venice. Watch you to night: for the Command, Ile lay’t vpon you. Ca.s.sio knowes you not: Ile not be farre from you. Do you finde some occasion to anger Ca.s.sio, either by speaking too loud, or tainting his discipline, or from what other course you please, which the time shall more fauorably minister

Rod. Well

Iago. Sir, he’s rash, and very sodaine in Choller: and happely may strike at you, prouoke him that he may: for euen out of that will I cause these of Cyprus to Mutiny.

Whose qualification shall come into no true taste againe, but by the displanting of Ca.s.sio. So shall you haue a shorter iourney to your desires, by the meanes I shall then haue to preferre them. And the impediment most profitably remoued, without the which there were no expectation of our prosperitie

Rodo. I will do this, if you can bring it to any opportunity

Iago. I warrant thee. Meete me by and by at the Cittadell. I must fetch his Necessaries a Sh.o.r.e. Farewell

Rodo. Adieu.

Enter.

Iago. That Ca.s.sio loues her, I do well beleeu’t: That she loues him, ’tis apt, and of great Credite.

The Moore (howbeit that I endure him not) Is of a constant, louing, n.o.ble Nature, And I dare thinke, he’le proue to Desdemona A most deere husband. Now I do loue her too, Not out of absolute l.u.s.t, (though peraduenture I stand accomptant for as great a sin) But partely led to dyet my Reuenge, For that I do suspect the l.u.s.tie Moore Hath leap’d into my Seate. The thought whereof, Doth (like a poysonous Minerall) gnaw my Inwardes: And nothing can, or shall content my Soule Till I am eeuen’d with him, wife, for wife.

Or fayling so, yet that I put the Moore, At least into a Ielouzie so strong That iudgement cannot cure. Which thing to do, If this poore Trash of Venice, whom I trace For his quicke hunting, stand the putting on, Ile haue our Michael Ca.s.sio on the hip, Abuse him to the Moore, in the right garbe (For I feare Ca.s.sio with my Night-Cape too) Make the Moore thanke me, loue me, and reward me, For making him egregiously an a.s.se, And practising vpon his peace, and quiet, Euen to madnesse. ‘Tis heere: but yet confus’d, Knaueries plaine face, is neuer seene, till vs’d.

Enter.

Scena Secunda.

Enter Oth.e.l.lo’s Herald with a Proclamation.

Herald. It is Oth.e.l.lo’s pleasure, our n.o.ble and Valiant Generall. That vpon certaine tydings now arriu’d, importing the meere perdition of the Turkish Fleete: euery man put himselfe into Triumph. Some to daunce, some to make Bonfires, each man, to what Sport and Reuels his addition leads him. For besides these beneficiall Newes, it is the Celebration of his Nuptiall. So much was his pleasure should be proclaimed. All offices are open, & there is full libertie of Feasting from this present houre of fiue, till the Bell haue told eleuen.

Blesse the Isle of Cyprus, and our n.o.ble Generall Oth.e.l.lo.

Enter.

Enter Oth.e.l.lo, Desdemona, Ca.s.sio, and Attendants.

Othe. Good Michael, looke you to the guard to night.

Let’s teach our selues that Honourable stop, Not to out-sport discretion

Cas. Iago, hath direction what to do.

But notwithstanding with my personall eye Will I looke to’t

Othe. Iago, is most honest: Michael, goodnight. To morrow with your earliest, Let me haue speech with you. Come my deere Loue, The purchase made, the fruites are to ensue, That profit’s yet to come ‘tweene me, and you.

Goodnight.

Enter.

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