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  • Title: Othello (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Donald Bailey
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-466-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Donald Bailey
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    Othello (Folio 1, 1623)

    the Moore of Venice.
    600May trumpet to the world. My heart's subdu'd
    Euen 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 soule and Fortunes consecrate.
    605So that (deere Lords) if I be left behind
    A Moth of Peace, and he go to the Warre,
    The Rites for why I loue him, are bereft me:
    And I a heauie interim shall support
    By his deere absence. Let me go with him.
    610Othe. Let her haue your voice.
    Vouch with me Heauen, I therefore beg it not
    To please the pallate of my Appetite:
    Nor to comply with heat the yong affects
    In my defunct, and proper satisfaction.
    615But to be free, and bounteous to her minde:
    And Heauen defend your good soules, that you thinke
    I will your serious and great businesse scant
    When she is with me. No, when light wing'd Toyes
    Of feather'd Cupid, seele with wanton dulnesse
    620My speculatiue, and offic'd Instrument:
    That my Disports corrupt, and taint my businesse:
    Let House-wiues make a Skillet of my Helme,
    And all indigne, and base aduersities,
    Make head against my Estimation.
    625Duke. Be it as you shall priuately determine,
    Either for her stay, or going: th'Affaire cries hast:
    And speed must answer it.
    Sen. You must away to night.
    Othe. With all my heart.
    630Duke. At nine i'th'morning, here wee'l meete againe.
    Othello, leaue some Officer behind
    And he shall our Commission bring to you:
    And such things else of qualitie and respect
    As doth import you.
    635Othe. So please your Grace, my Ancient,
    A man he is of honesty and trust:
    To his conueyance I assigne my wife,
    With what else needfull, your good Grace shall think
    To be sent after me.
    640Duke. Let it be so:
    Good night to euery one. And Noble Signior,
    If Vertue no delighted Beautie lacke,
    Your Son-in-law is farre more Faire then Blacke.
    Sen. Adieu braue Moore, vse Desdemona well.
    645Bra. Looke to her (Moore) if thou hast eies to see:
    She ha's deceiu'd her Father, and may thee.
    Ot-he. My life vpon her faith. Honest Iago,
    My Desdemona must I leaue to thee:
    I prythee let thy wife attend on her,
    650And bring them after in the best aduantage.
    ComeDesdemona, I haue but an houre
    Of Loue, of wordly matter, and direction
    To spend with thee. We must obey the the time.
    Rod. Iago.
    655Iago. What saist thou Noble heart?
    Rod. What will I do, think'st thou?
    Iago. Why go to bed and sleepe.
    Rod. I will incontinently drowne my selfe.
    Iago. If thou do'st, I shall neuer loue thee after. Why
    660thou silly Gentleman?
    Rod. It is sillynesse to liue, when to liue is torment:
    and then haue we a prescription to dye, when death is
    our Physition.
    Iago. Oh villanous: I haue look'd vpon the world
    665for foure times seuen yeares, and since I could distinguish

    betwixt a Benefit, and an Iniurie: I neuer found man that
    knew how to loue himselfe. Ere I would say, I would
    drowne my selfe for the loue of a Gynney Hen, I would
    change my Humanity with a Baboone.
    670Rod. What should I do? I confesse it is my shame
    to be so fond, but it is not in my vertue to amend it.
    Iago. Vertue? A figge, 'tis in our selues that we are
    thus, or thus. Our Bodies are our Gardens, to the which,
    our Wills are Gardiners. So that if we will plant Net-
    675tels, or sowe Lettice: Set Hisope, and weede vp Time:
    Supplie it with one gender of Hearbes, or distract it with
    many: either to haue it sterrill with idlenesse, or manu-
    red with Industry, why the power, and Corrigeable au-
    thoritie of this lies in our Wills. If the braine of our liues
    680had not one Scale of Reason, to poize another of Sensu-
    alitie, the blood, and basenesse of our Natures would
    conduct vs to most prepostrous Conclusions. But we
    haue Reason to coole our raging Motions, our carnall
    Stings, or vnbitted Lusts: whereof I take this, that you
    685call Loue, to be a Sect, or Seyen.
    Rod. It cannot be.
    Iago. It is meerly a Lust of the blood, and a permission
    of the will. Come, be a man: drowne thy selfe? Drown
    Cats, and blind Puppies. I haue profest me thy Friend,
    690and I confesse me knit to thy deseruing, with Cables of
    perdurable toughnesse. I could neuer better steed thee
    then now. Put Money in thy purse: follow thou the
    Warres, defeate thy fauour, with an vsurp'd Beard. I say
    put Money in thy purse. It cannot be long that Desdemona
    695should continue her loue to the Moore. Put Money in
    thy purse: nor he his to her. It was a violent Commence-
    ment in her, and thou shalt see an answerable Seque-
    stration, put but Money in thy purse. These Moores
    are changeable in their wils: fill thy purse with Money.
    700The Food that to him now is as lushious as Locusts,
    shalbe to him shortly, as bitter as Coloquintida. She
    must change for youth: when she is sated with his body
    she will find the errors of her choice. Therefore, put Mo-
    ney in thy purse. If thou wilt needs damne thy selfe, do
    705it a more delicate way then drowning. Make all the Mo-
    ney thou canst: If Sanctimonie, and a fraile vow, be-
    twixt an erring Barbarian, and super-subtle Venetian be
    not too hard for my wits, and all the Tribe of hell, thou
    shalt enioy her: therefore make Money: a pox of drow-
    710ning thy selfe, it is cleane out of the way. Seeke thou ra-
    ther to be hang'd in Compassing thy ioy, then to be
    drown'd, and go without her.
    Rodo. Wilt thou be fast to my hopes, if I depend on
    the issue?
    715Iago. Thou art sure of me: Go make Money: I haue
    told thee often, and I re-tell thee againe, and againe, I
    hate the Moore. My cause is hearted; thine hath no lesse
    reason. Let vs be coniunctiue in our reuenge, against
    him. If thou canst Cuckold him, thou dost thy selfe a
    720pleasure, me a sport. There are many Euents in the
    Wombe of Time, which wilbe deliuered. Trauerse, go,
    prouide thy Money. We will haue more of this to mor-
    row. Adieu.
    Rod. Where shall we meete i'th'morning?
    725Iago. At my Lodging.
    Rod. Ile be with thee betimes.
    Iago. Go too, farewell. Do you heare Rodorigo?
    Rod. Ile sell all my Land.
    Iago. Thus do I euer make my Foole, my purse:
    730For I mine owne gain'd knowledge should prophane
    If I would time expend with such Snpe ,