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  • Title: Othello (Quarto 1, 1622)
  • Editor: Donald Bailey
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-466-0

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

    The Tragedy of Othello

    And tis thought abroad, that twixt my sheetes
    Ha's done my office; I know not, if't be true ---
    735Yet I, for meere suspition in that kind,
    Will doe, as if for surety: he holds me well,
    The better shall my purpose worke on him.
    Cassio's a proper man, let me see now,
    To get this place, and to make vp my will,
    740A double knauery --- how, how, --- let me see,
    After some time, to abuse Othelloe's eare,
    That he is too familiar with his wife:
    He has a person and a smooth dispose,
    To be suspected, fram'd to make women false:
    745The Moore a free and open nature too,
    That thinkes men honest, that but seemes to be so:
    And will as tenderly be led bit'h nose --- as Asses are:
    I ha't, it is ingender'd: Hell and night
    750Must bring this monstrous birth to the worlds light.

    Actus 2.

    Scœna 1.

    Enter Montanio, Gouernor of Cypres, with
    two other Gent#lemen.


    VVhat from the Cape can you discerne at Sea?
    Gent. Nothing at all, it is a high wrought flood,
    755I cannot twixt the hauen and the mayne
    Descry a saile.
    Mon. Me thinkes the wind does speake aloud at land,
    A fuller blast ne're shooke our Battlements:
    If ic ha ruffiand so vpon the sea.
    760What ribbes of Oake, when the huge mountaine mes lt,