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Clown. Marry, Sir, by many a wind instrument that I know. But, masters, here's money for you: and the general so likes your music, that he desires you, 3 of all loves, to make no more noise with it.
Muf. Well, Sir, we will not.
Clown. If you have any music that may not be heard, to't again : but, as they say, to hear music, the general does not greatly care.
Muf. We have none such, Sir.
Clown. Then put up your pipes in your bag, 4 for I'll away. Go; s vanish into air. Away.
[Exeunt Muf. Caf. Dost thou hear, my honest friend ?
Clown. No, I hear not your honcft friend; I hear you. Caf. Pr’ythee, keep up thy quillets
. There's a poor piece of gold for thee. If the gentlewoman, that attends the general's wife, be stirring, tell her, there's one Cassio entreats of her a little favour of speech. Wilt thou do this?
Clown. She is stirring, Sir; if she will stir hither, I shall seem to notify unto her.
[Exit Clown. Caf. Do, my good friend,
Enter Iago. In happy time, Iago.
Iago. You have not been a bed then ?
Caf. Why, no; the day had broke
3-of all loves, -] The folio reads-- for love's fake.
STEEVENS. - for I'll away.-) Hanmer reads, and bie away.
JOHNSON. -vanijh into air.) So the folio and one of the quartos. The elden quarto reads-Vanith awar. STEEVENS.
Iago. I'll send her presently :
[Exit, Caf. I humbly thank you for't. I never knew A Florentine more kind and honest.
To bim enter Æmilia.
Æmil. Good morrow, good lieutenant. I am sorry For your displeasure; but all will soon be well. The general and his wife are talking of it; And she speaks for you stoutly. The Moor replies, That he, you hurt, is of great fame in Cyprus, And great affinity; and that in wholsome wisdom He might not but refuse you. But, he protests, he And needs no other fuitor, but his likings, To take the safest occasion by the front To bring you in again.
Cas. Yet, I beseech youIf you think fit, or that it
be done Give me advantage of some brief discourse With Desdemona alone.
Æmil. Pray you, come in ;
Cal. [I am much bound to you.] [Exeunt.
A room in the castle.
Iago. Well, my good lord, I'll do't.
Oth. This fortification, gentlemen---shall we fee't?
Another room in the castle. Enter Desdemona, Caffio, and Æmilia. Def. Be thou assur'd, good Cassio, I will do All my abilities in thy behalf. Æmil. Good Madam, do. I know, it grieves my
husband As if the case were his. Des. Oh, that's an honeft fellow. Do not doubt,
Caf. Bounteous Madam,
Caf. Ay, but, lady,
Def. Do not doubt that; before Æmilia here,
6 That policy may either last so long,] He may either of himself think it politic to keep me out of office so long, or he may be fatisfied with such light reasons, or lo many accidents may make him think my re-admitlion at that time improper, hat I may be quite forgotten. JOHNSON
'If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it
Enter Othello and Iago at distance.
Caf. Madam, not now. I am very ill at ease,
Des. Well, do your discretion. [Exit Cafio.
Tago. Caffio, my lord ? No, sure, I cannot think it,
Otb. I do believe 'twas he.
Oth. Who is't you mean?
Def. Why, your lieutenant, Caffio. Good my lord, If I have any grace, or power to move you, 8 His present reconciliation take :
? I'll watch him tame, -] It is said, that the ferocity of beasts, insuperable and irreclaimable by any other means, is subdued by kceping them from tleep. Johnson,
$ His present reconciliation TAKE :] Cassio was to be reconciled to his general, not his general to him, therefore take cannot be right. We should read make. WARBURTON.
To take his reconciliation, may be to accept the submission which he makes in order to be reconciled. JOHNSON.
For if he be not one that truly loves you,
Oth. Went he hence now?
Def. Ay, footh, so humbled,
Oth. Not now, sweet Desdemona; some other time.
Oth. I shall not dine at home :
morn ; Or Tuesday noon, or night; or Wednesday morn; I pray thee, name the time ; but let it not Exceed three days : in faith, he's penitent; And yet his trespass, in our common reason, (Save that, they say, 'the wars must make examples Out of their best) is not almost a fault To incur a private check. When shall he come ? Tell me, Othello. I wonder in my soul, What you could ask me, that I would deny, Or stand so mammering on? What ! Michael Cassio, That came a wooing with you ; and many a time, When I have spoke of you dispraisingly, Hath ta’en your part ; to have so much to do To bring him in! Trust me, I could do much
-and not in cunning,] Cunning, for design, or purpose, simply. WARBURTON.
-the wars must make examples Out of their best,--] The severity of military discipline must not spare the best men of the army, when their punishment may afford a wholesome example. JOHNSON.