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Rod. I think, I can discover him; if you please To get good guard, and go along with me.
Bra. Pray you, lead on. At every house I'll call; I may command at most;-Get weapons, ho! And raise some special officers of night. On, good Roderigo;-I'll deserve your pains.
The same. Another Street.
Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Attendants. Iago. Though in the trade of war I have slain men, Yet do I hold it very stuff o'the conscience, To do no contriv'd murder; I lack iniquity Sometimes, to do me service: Nine or ten times I had thought to have yerk'd him here under the
Nay, but he prated,
stuff o'the conscience,] This expression to common readers appears harsh. Stuff of the conscience is, substance or es. sence of the conscience. Stuff is a word of great force in the Teutonick languages. The elements are called in Dutch, Hoefd stoffen, or head stuffs. JOHNSON.
the magnificom] “ The chief men of Venice are by a peculiar name called Magnifici, i. e, magnificoes.”
The law (with all his might, to enforce it on)
Let him do his spite:
demerits May speak, unbonneted,4 to as proud a fortune As this that I have reach'd: For know, Iago, But that I love the gentle Desdemona, I would not my unhoused free condition Put into circumscription and confine For the sea's worth. But, look! what lights come
Enter Cassio, at a distance, and certain Officers
Not I: I must be found;
lago. By Janus, I think no.
men of royal siege;] Men who have sat upon royal thrones. Siege is used for seat by other authors.
ту demerits-] Demerits has the same meaning in our author, and many others of that age, as merits.
May speak, unbonneted,] Mr. Fuseli (and who is better acquainted with the sense and spirit of our author?) explains this contested passage as follows :
“ I am his equal or superior in rank; and were it not so, such are my demerits, that, unbonneted, without the addition of patrician or senatorial dignity, they may speak to as proud a fortune, &c.
unhoused) Free from domestick cares. A thought natural to an adventurer.
The goodness of the night upon you, friends!
The duke does greet you, general;
What is the matter, think you?
'Tis well I am found by you. I will but spend a word here in the house, And
Ancient, what makes he here? Iago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land
Cas. I do not understand.
Have with you.
three several quests,] Quests are, on this occasion, searches. 7
a land carack ;] A carack is a ship of great bulk, and commonly of great value; perhaps what we now call a galleon.
Enter BRABANTIO, RODERIGO, and Oficers of
night, with Torches und Weapons.
Hola! stand there!
Down with him, thief!
[They draw on both sides. lago. You, Roderigo! come, sir, I am for
you. Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew
will rust them.Good signior, you shall more command with years, Than with your weapons. Bra. O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow'd
my daughter? Damn'd as thou art, thou hast enchanted her: For I'll refer me to all things of sense, If she in chains of magick were not bound, Whether a maid-so tender, fair, and happy; So opposite to marriage, that she shunn'd The wealthy curled darlings of our nation, Would ever have, to incur a general mock, Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom Of such a thing as thou: to fear, not to delight." Judge me the world, if 'tis not gross in sense, That thou hast practis'd on her with foul charms; Abus'd her delicate youth with drugs, or minerals, That waken motion: _I'll have it disputed on; 'Tis probable, and palpable to thinking. I therefore apprehend and do attach thee,
be advis'd;] That is, be cool; be cautious; be discreet. 9 The wealthy curled darlings of our nation,] Curled is elegantly and ostentatiously dressed.
1 Of such a thing as thou; to fear, not to delight.) To fear, in the present instance, may mean--to terrify.
2 That waken motion:] Excite desires.
For an abuser of the world, a practiser
Hold your hands,
my inclining, and the rest: Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it Without a prompter.-Where will you that I go To answer this your charge? Bra.
To prison: till fit time Of law, and course of direct session, Call thee to answer. Oth.
What if I do obey?
may the duke be therewith satisfied;
'Tis true, most worthy signior,
How ! the duke in council! In this time of the night!-Bring him away: Mine's not an idle cause: the duke himself, Or any of my brothers of the state, Cannot but feel this wrong, as 'twere their own: For if such actions may have passage free, Bond-slaves, and pagans, shall our statesmen be.
* Bond-slaves and pagans,] i. e, if this Moor is now suffered to escape with impunity, it will be such an encouragement to his black countrymen, that we may expect to see all the first offices of our state filled up by the pagans and bond-slaves of Africa.