Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Donald L. Bailey
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Othello (Quarto 1, 1622)


The Moore of Venice.
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1165To Desdemona, hath to night caroust
Potations pottle deepe, and hee's to watch
Three lads of Cypres, noble swelling spirits,
That hold their honour, in a wary distance,
The very Elements of this warlike Isle,
1170Haue I to night flustred with flowing cups,
And the watch too: now mongst this flocke of drunkards,
I am to put our Cassio in some action,
That may offend the Isle;
Enter Montanio, Cassio,
But here they come:
If consequence doe but approoue my dreame,
My boate sailes freely, both with winde and streame.
Cas. Fore God they haue giuen me a rouse already.
Mon. Good faith a little one, not past a pint,
As I am a souldier.
Iag. Some wine ho:
And let me the Cannikin clinke, clinke,
And let me the Cannikin clinke, clinke:
A Souldier's a man, a life's but a span,
1185Why then let a souldier drinke. ---Some wine boyes,
Cas. Fore God an excellent song.
Iag. I learn'd it in England, where indeed they are most potent
in potting: your Dane, your Germaine, and your swag-bellied Hol-
1190lander; drinke ho, are nothing to your English.
Cas. Is your English man so expert in his drinking?
Iag. Why he drinkes you with facillity, your Dane dead drunke:
1195he sweats not to ouerthrow your Almaine; he giues your Hollander
a vomit, ere the next pottle can be fild.
Cas. To the health of our Generall.
Mon. I am for it Leiutenant, and I will doe you iustice.
1200Iag. O sweete England, ---King Stephen was a worthy peere,
His breeches cost him but a crowne,
He held'em sixpence all too deere,
With that he cald the Taylor lowne,
1205He was a wight of high renowne,
And thou art but of low degree,
Tis pride that puls the Countrey downe,
Then take thine owd cloke about thee. ---Some wine ho.
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