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Def. Tis meete I should be vsde so, very well ; How haue I bin behau'd, that he might sticke The smallest opinion, op my greatest abuse t.

Enter lago, and Emillia.
lag. What is your pleasure madam
How ist with you?

Def. I cannot tell : those that doe teach young babes
Doe it with gentle meanes, and easie taskes,
He might ha chid me so, for in good faith,
I am a child at $ chiding.

lag. What is the matter lady?

Em. Alas lago, my lord hath so bewhor'd her,
Throwne such despite, and heauy termes vpon her,
As true hearts cannot beare.

Def. Am I that name lago ?
lag. What name faire lady?
Des. Such as she sayes my lord did say I was?

Em. He call’d her whore: a begger in his drinke,
Could not haue layed such tearmes vpon his callet.

lag. Why did he fo?
Def. I doe not know, I am sure I am gone such.
lag. Doe not weepe, doe not weepe: alas the day.

Em. Has the forsooke so many noble matches,
Her father, and her country, all her friends,
To be cald whore ? would it not make one weepe?

Def. It is my wretched fortune.
lag. Beshrew him for it; how comes this tricke vpon him?
Def. Nay, heaven doth know.

Em. I will be hang'd, if some eternall villaine,
Some busie and insinuating rogue,
Some cogging, coufening Maue, to get some office,
Haue not deuisde this Nander, I'le be hang'd else.
lag. Fie, there is no such man, it is impollible.

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Des. If any such there be *, heauen pardon him.

Em. A halter pardon him, and hell gnaw his bones :
Why should he call her whore? who keepes her company?
What place, what time, what forme, what likelihood ?
The Moore's abus'd by some outragious knaue :
Some base notorious knaue, fome scuruy fellow,
Ohcauen, that such companions thou’dst vpfold,
And put in euery honest hand a whip,
To lash the rascall naked through the world,
Euen from the east to the west.

Iag. Speake within dores.

Em. O fie vpon him ; fome such fquire he was,
That turnd your wit, the seamy side without,
And made you to suspect me with the Moore.

lag. You are a foole, goe to.

Def. O good lago.
What shall I doe to win my lord againe?
Good friend goe to him, for by this light of heauen,
I know not how I lost him. +

lag. I pray you be content, tis but his humour,
The businesse of the state docs him offence,
And he does chide with you.

* are,

+ Here I kneele
If ere my will did trespalle 'gainf bis loue,
Eitber in discourse, or thought, er aktuell deed
Or tbat mine eyes, mine eares, or any sence
Delighted them in any orber forme ;
Or that I doe not yet, and euer dil,
And ever will thosgh he do sbake me off
To beggerly diuorcement, lous bim deerely :
Comfort forfweare me; unkindnife may do much,
And bis unkirdress may defeat my life,
But neuer taint my loue, I cannot say wbore,
1: dob abborre me, now I speake the word,
To do the aft, that might th'addition earre,
Not the worlds mase of vanity could make me,



Def. If t'were no other.

lag. Tis but so, I warrant you,
Harke how these instruments summon you to supper,

And the great messengers of Venice stay,
Goe in, and weepe not, all things shall be well.

Exit women,

Enter Roderigo.
How now Roderigo ?

Rod. I doe not finde that thou dealst iustly with me.
lag. What in the contrary?

Rod. Euery day, thou doffist me, with some deuise Iago ;
And rather, as it seemes to me, thou | keepest from me,
All conueniency, then suppliest me, with the least
Aduantage of hope: I will indeed no longer indure it,
Nor am I yet perswaded to put vp in peace, what already
I haue foolishly sufferd.

lag. Will you heare me Roderigo ?

Rod. Faith $ I haue heard too much, for your words,
And performance are no kin together.

lag. You charge me most vniustly.

Rod. I haue * wasted my felfe out of meanes : the iewels you haue had from me, to deliuer to Desdemona, would halfe haue corrupted a votarist: you haue told me she has receiu'd em, and return'd mee expectation, and comforts, of suddaine respect, and acquittance t, but I finde none.

lag. Well, goe to, very good !!.

Rod. Very well, goe to, I cannot goe to man, it is not very well, by this hand **, I say tis very scuruy, and begin to finde my felfe fopt in it.

lag. Very well.

Rod. I say it is not very well : I will make my selfe knowne to Desdemona, if she will returne me my iewels, I will giue 1 Tbe meate. l now.

* Wirb rought but trutb : I baue. facquaintance.

** by this band, omitted. VOL. IV.



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ouer my suite, and repent my volawfull sollicitation, if not, assure your felfe I'le seeke satisfaction of you.

lag. You haue said now.

Rod. I, and I haue said nothing, but what I protest entendment of doing.

lag. Why now I see there's mettle in thee, and euen from this time * 'doe build on thee, a better opinion then euer before, giue me thy hand Roderigo : thou hast taken against me a most iust conception, but yet I protest, I haue delt most directly in thy affaires +.

Rod. It hath not appeared.

lag. I grant indeed it hath not appear'd, and your fufpition is not without wit and iudgement : but Roderigo, if thou hast that within thee indeed, which I haue greater reason to beleeue now, then euer, I meane purpose, courage, and valour, this night shew it, if thou the next night following enioyest not Desdemona, take mee from this world with treachery, and deuise engines for my life.

Rod. Well, is it within reason and compasse ?

lag. Sir, there is especiall command come from Venice, To depute Cassio in Othello's place.

Rod. Is that true? why then Othello and Desdemona Returne againe to Venice. lag. O no, he goes into Mauritania, and takes away with

The faire Desdemona, volesse his abode be linger'd
Here by some accident, wherein none can be fo
Determinate, as the remouing of Caffio.

Rod. How doe you meane remouing of him?

lag. Why, by making him vncapable of Othello's place, Knocking out his braines.

Rod. And that you would haue me to doe.

lag. I, and if you dare doe your felfe a profit, and right, hee sups to night with a harlot #, and thither will I goe to

+ affaire, I barlotry,

him ;-he knowes not yet of his honourable fortune: if you will watch his going thence, which I will fashion to fall out betweene twelue and one, you may take him at your pleasure: I will be neere to second your attempt, and hee shall fall betweene vs : come, stand not amaz’d at it, but goe along with mee, I will shew you such a necessity in his death, that you fall thinke your selfe bound to put it on him. It is now high supper time, and the night growes to wast: about it.

Enter Othello, Desdemona, Lodouico, Emillia, and at.


Rod. I will heare further reason for this. lag. And you shall be satisfied.

Ex. Iag. and Rod. Lod. I do beseech you sir, trouble your selfe no further. Oth O pardon me, it shall doe me good to walke. Lod. Madame, good night, I humbly thanke your ladiship. Def. Your honour is most welcome. Oth. Will you walke fir:Desdemona: Def. My lord.

Oth. Get you to bed, o'the instant I will be return'd, forthwith, dispatch your attendant there,- looke it be done.

Def. I will my lord.
Em. How goes it now? he lookes gentler then he did.

Def. He faies he will returne incontinent:
He hath commanded me to goe to bed,
And bad me to dismisse you.

Em. Dismisse me?

Def. It was his bidding, therefore good Emillia,
Giue me my nightly wearing, and adiue,
We must not now displease him.

Em. If would you had neuer seene him.
Def. So would not I, my loue doth fo approue him,

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