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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
Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago,
To send in for your wife: my suit to her
Is, that she will to virtuous Desdemona
Procure me some access.


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.

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Iago. I'll send her presently :
And I'll devise a mean to draw the Nioor
Out of the way, that your converse and business
May be more free.

[Exit, Caf. I humbly thank you for't. I never knew A Florentine more kind and honest.

To bim enter Æmilia.

loves you;

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 ;
I will bestow you where you shall have time
To speak your bösom freely.

Cal. [I am much bound to you.] [Exeunt.

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A room in the castle.
Enter Othello, lago, and Gentlemen.
Oth. These letters give, Iago, to the pilot ;
And by him do my duties to the state :
That done, I will be walking on the works.
Repair there to me.

Iago. Well, my good lord, I'll do't.


Oth. This fortification, gentlemen---shall we fee't?
Gent. We'll wait upon your lordship. [Exeunt.

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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,

But I will have my lord and you again
As friendly as you were.

Caf. Bounteous Madam,
Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,
He's never any thing but your true servant.
Def. Oh, Sir, I thank you. You do love my

lord ;
You have known him long; and, be you well affurid,
He shall in strangeness stand no farther off
Than in a politic distance.

Caf. Ay, but, lady,
6 That policy may either last so long,
Or feed upon such nice and waterilh diet,
Or breed itself so out of circumstance,
That I, being absent, and my place supplied,
My general will forget my love and service.

Def. Do not doubt that; before Æmilia here,
I give thee warrant of thy place. Afsure thee,

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
To the last article. My lord shall never rest;
7 I'll watch him tame, and talk him out of patience;
His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
I'll intermingle every thing he does
With Caffio's suit : therefore be merry, Cassio ;
For thy solicitor shall rather die,
Than give thy cause away.

Enter Othello and Iago at distance.
Æmil. Madam, here comes my lord.
Caf. Madam, I'll take my leave.
Des. Why, stay, and hear me speak.

Caf. Madam, not now. I am very ill at ease,
Unfit for mine own purposes.

Des. Well, do your discretion. [Exit Cafio.
Iago. Ha! I like not that.
Oih. What dost thou say?
Iago. Nothing, my lord: or if-I know not what.
Oih. Was not that Caffio parted from my wife?

Tago. Caffio, my lord ? No, sure, I cannot think it,
That he would steal away so guilty-like,
Seeing you coming.

Otb. I do believe 'twas he.
Des. How now, my lord ?
I have been talking with a suitor here,
A man that languishes in your displeasure.

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,
That errs in ignorance, 9 and not in cunning,
I have no judgment in an honest face.
I pr’ythee call him back.

Oth. Went he hence now?

Def. Ay, footh, so humbled,
That he hath left part of his grief with me,
To suffer with him. Good love, call him back.

Oth. Not now, sweet Desdemona; some other time.
Def. But shall't be shortly?
Oih. The sooner, sweet, for you.
Des. Shall’t be to-night at supper ?
Oth. No, not to-night.
Def. To-morrow dinner then ?

Oth. I shall not dine at home :
I meet the captains at the citadel.
Def. Why then, to-morrow night ; or Tuesday

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.


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