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Would Desdemona seriously incline:
But still the house affairs would draw her thence ;
Which ever as she could with haste despatch,
She'd come again, and with a greedy ear
Devour up my discourse: Which I observing,
Took once a pliant hour ; and found good means
To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart,
That I would all my pilgrimage dilate,
Whereof by parcels she had something heard,
But not intentively :' I did consent;
And often did beguile her of her tears,
When I did speak of some distressful stroke,
That my youth suffer’d. My story being done,
She gave me for my pains a world of sighs :
She swore.--In faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing

strange ; 'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful She wish'd, she had not heard it; yet she wish'd That heaven had made her such a man : she thank'd

me; And bade me, if I had a friend that loy'd her, I should but teach him how to tell my story, And that would woo her. Upon this hint, I spake : She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd ; And I lov'd her, that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have us'd; Here comes the lady, let her witness it.


Enter DESDEMQNA, Iago, and Attendants. Duke. I think, this tale would win my daughter

too. Good Brabrantio,

time. Raleigh also has given an account of men whose heads do grow beneath their shoulders, in his Description of Guiana, published in 1596, a book that without doubt Shakspeare had read. ? But not intentively:] i. e. with attention to all its parts.

To you,

Take up this mangled matter at the best :
Men do their broken weapons rather use,
Than their bare hands.

I pray you, hear her speak;
If she confess, that she was half the wooer,
Destruction on my head, if my bad blame
Light on the man !Come hither, gentle mistress ;
Do you perceive in all this noble company,
Where most you owe obedience ?

My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty :

I am bound for life, and education ; My life, and education, both do learn me How to respect you; you are the lord of duty, I amhitherto your daughter: But here's my husband; And so much duty as my mother show'd To you, preferring you before her father, So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor, my lord.

Bra. God be with you !-I have done :Please it your grace, on to the state affairs ; I had rather to adopt a child, than get it. Come hither, Moor: I here do give thee that with all my heart, Which, but thou hast already, with all my

heart I would keep from thee.--For your sake, jewel, I am glad at soul I have no other child ; For thy escape would teach me tyranny, To hang clogs on them.--I have done, my lord. Duke. Let me speak like yourself;' and lay a sen

tence, Which, as a grise," or step, may help these lovers Into your favour.

3 Let me speak like yourself;] i. e. let me speak as yourself. would speak, were you not too much heated with passion.. as a grise,] Grize from degrees. A grize is a step.

When remedies are past, the griefs are ended,
By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended.
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone,
Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
What cannot be preserv'd wlien fortune takes,
Patience her injury a mockery makes.
The robb’d, that smiles, steals something from the

He robs himself, that spends a bootless grief.

Bra. So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile ; We lose it not, so long as we can smile. He bears the sentence well, that nothing bears But the free comfort which from thence he hears :5 But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow, That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow. These sentences, to sugar, or to gall, Being strong on both sides, are equivocal : But words are words; I never yet did hear, That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the ear. I humbly beseech you, proceed to the affairs of state.

Duke. The Turk with a most mighty preparation makes for Cyprus :-Othello, the fortitude of the place is best known to you: And though we have there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer voice on you : you must therefore be content to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes?

s But the free comfort which from thence he hears: ] But the moral precepts of consolation, which are liberally bestowed on occasion of the sentence. Johnson. But words are words ; I never yet did hear

That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the ear.] These moral precepts, says Brabantio, may perhaps be founded in wisdom, but they are of no avail. Words after all are but words; and I never yet heard that consolatory speeches could reach and penetrate the afflicted heart, through the medium of the ear.

1to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes-] To slubber, on this occasion, is to obscure.

with this more stubborn and boisterous expedition.

Oth. The tyrant custom, most grave senators,
Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war
My thrice-driven bed of down:: 1 do agnize
A 'natural and prompt alacrity,
I find in hardness; and do undertake
These present wars against the Ottomites.
Most humbly therefore bending to your state,
I crave fit disposition for my wife;
Due reference of place, and exhibition ;'
With such accommodation, and besort,
As levels with her breeding.

If you please,
Be't at her father's.

I'll not have it so.
Oth. Nor I.

Nor I; I would not there reside,
To put my father in impatient thoughts,
By being in his eye. Most gracious duke,
To my unfolding lend a gracious ear;
And let me find a charter in your voice,
To assist my simpleness.

Duke. What would you, Desdemona?

Des. That I did love the Moor to live with him, My downright violence and storm of fortunes 3


thrice driven bed of down :] A driven bed, is a bed for which the feathers are selected, by driving with a fan, which separates the light from the heavy.

'- I do agnize ---] i.e. acknowledge, confess, avow. "I crave fit disposition for my wife ;

Due reference of place, and exhibition ; &c.] I desire, that proper disposition be made for my wife, that she may have precedercy and revenue, accommodation and company, suitable to her rank. Exhibition is allowance.

a charter in your voice,] Let your favour privilege me. 3 My downright violence and storm of fortunes -) Violence is not violence suffered, but violence acted. Breach of common rules and obligations

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May trumpet to the world ; my heart's subdued
Even to the very quality of my lord :*
I saw Othello's visage in his mind;'
And to his honours, and his valiant parts,
Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate.
So that, dear lords, if I be left behind,
A moth of peace, and he go to the war,
The rites, for which I love him, are bereft me,
And I a heavy interim shall support
By his dear absence : Let me go with him.
Oth. Your voices, lords :-"beseech you, let her

Have a free way.
Vouch with me, heaven ; I therefore beg it not,
To please the palate of my appetite;
Nor to comply with heat, the young affects,

distinct and proper satisfaction; But to be free and bounteous to her mind : And heaven defend your good souls, that you think I will your serious and great business scant, For stie is with me: No, when light-wing’d toys Of feather'd Cupid seel with wanton dulness My speculative and active instruments, That my disports corrupt and taint my business, Let housewives make a skillet of my helm, And all indign and base adversities

4 Even to, &c.] Quality here means profession. “I am so much enamoured of Othello, tbat I am even willing to endure all the inconveniencies incident to a military life, and to attend him to the wars.”

s I saw Othello's visage in his mind ;) It must raise no wonder, that I loved a man of an appearance so little engaging; I saw his. face only in his mind; the greatness of his character reconciled me to his form.

defend, &c.] To defend, is to forbid. 7 My speculative and active instruments,] Speculative instruments, in Shakspeare's language, are the eyes; and active instruments, the hands and fect.

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