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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Donald L. Bailey
Peer Reviewed

Othello (Quarto 1, 1622)


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The Tragedy of Othello the Moore
of Venice.

Enter Iago and Roderigo.
Roderigo.
TVsh, neuer tell me, I take it much vnkindly
5That you Iago, who has had my purse,
As ifthe strings were thine, should'st know of this.
Iag. S'blood, but you will not heare me,
If euer I did dreame ofsuch a matter, abhorre me.
Rod. Thou toldst me, thou didst hold him in thy hate.
Iag. Despise me if I doe not: three great ones of the Citty
In personall suite to make me his Leiutenant,
Oft capt to him, and by the faith of man,
15I know my price, I am worth no worse a place.
But he, as louing his owne pride and purposes,
Euades them, with a bumbast circumstance,
Horribly stuft with Epithites of warre:
18.1And in conclusion,
Non-suits my mediators: for certes, sayes he,
20I haue already chosen my officer, and what was he?
Forsooth, a great Arithmetition,
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
A fellow almost dambd in a faire wife,
That neuer set a squadron in the field,
25Nor the deuision of a Battell knowes,
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