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Cas. Masters, play here, I will content your pains,

Something that 's brief; and bid, Good-morrow, general.


Enter Clown. Clo. Why, masters, have your instruments been in Naples, that they speak

i' th' nose thus ? 1 Mus. How, sir, how? Clo. Are these, I pray you, wind instruments a ? 1 Mus. Ay, marry, are they, sir. CLO. O, thereby hangs a tail. 1 Mus. Whereby hangs a tale, sir?

a The quarto reads, “ callid wind instruments."

CLo. Marry, sir, by many a wind instrument that I know. But, masters, here 's money for you: and the general so likes your music that he desires you, for love's sake", to make no more noise with it. 1 MUs. Well, sir, we will not. CLo. If you have any music that may not be heard, to 't again: but, as they say, to hear music the general does not greatly care. 1 MUs. We have none such, sir. CLo. Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll away: Go; vanish into air”; away. [Eaceunt Musicians. CAs. Dost thou hear, my honest friend? CLo. No, I hear not your honest friend; I hear you. CAs. Prithee, keep up thy quillets. There's a poor piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman that attends the general's wife be stirring, tell her, there's one Cassio entreats her a little favour of speech: Wilt thou do this? CLo. She is stirring, sir; if she will stir hither I shall seem to notify unto her. [Exit. Enter IAgo.

CAs. [Do, good my friend. “J–In happy time, Iago.

IAgo. You have not been a-bed then?

CAs. Why, no; the day had broke
Before we parted. I have made bold, Iago,
To send in to your wife: My suit to her
Is, that she will to virtuous Desdemona
Procure me some access.

IAGo. I'll send her to you presently;
And I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor
Out of the way, that your converse and business
May be more free. [Erit.

CAs. I humbly thank you for 't. I never knew
A Florentine more kind and honest".


EMIL. Good morrow, good lieutenant: I am sorry
For your displeasure; but all will sure be well.
The general and his wife are talking of it,
And she speaks for you stoutly: The Moor replies,
That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus,
And great affinity; and that, in wholesome wisdom,
He might not but refuse you: but he protests he loves you;
And needs no other suitor, but his likings,

* For love's sake. The quarto has the prettier phrase, of all loves. * The quarto, vanish away. * The words in brackets are not found in the folio. * See Illustration to Act I., Scene 1.

[To take the safest occasion by the fronta,]

To bring you in again. Cas.

Yet, I beseech you, — If you think fit, or that it may be done,Give me advantage of some brief discourse

With Desdemona alone. EMIL.

Pray you, come in; I will bestow you where you shall have time

To speak your bosom freely. CAS.

I am much bound to you.


SCENE II.-A Room in the Castle.

Enter OTHELLO, Iago, and Gentlemen.
OTH. These letters give, Iago, to the pilot;

And, by him, do my duties to the senateb:
That done, I will be walking on the works, --

Repair there to me.
Iago. Well, my good lord, I'll do 't.
OTH. This fortification, gentlemen, shall we see 't?
GENT. We 'll wait upon your lordship.


SCENE III.-Before the Castle.


Des. Be thou assur’d, good Cassio, I will do

All my abilities in thy behalf.
EMIL. Good madam, do; I warrant it grieves my husband,

As if the caused were his.
DES. O, that 's an honest fellow.-Do not doubt, Cassio,

But I will have my lord and you again

As friendly as you were. Cas.

Bounteous madam,
Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,

He's never any thing but your true servant.
Des. I know 't, -I thank youe : You do love my lord :

You have known him long; and be you well assur'd
He shall in strangeness stand no farther off

a The words in brackets are not found in the folio. The quarto, state. • The quarto, know.

The quarto, case. • The quarto, 0! sir, I thank you.



Than in a politic distance.

Ay, but, lady,
That policy may either last so long,
Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
Or breed itself so out of circumstance,
That, I being absent, and my place supplied,

My general will forget my love and service.
Des. Do not doubt that; before Emilia here,

I give thee warrant of thy place : assure thee,
If I do vow a friendship I 'll perform it
To the last article: my lord shall never rest;
I 'll watch him tame, and talk him out of patience ;
His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
I 'll intermingle every thing he does
With Cassio's suit: Therefore be merry, Cassio,
For thy solicitor shall rather die
Than give thy cause away.

Enter OTHELLO and Iago at a distance.

Madam, here comes my lord.
Cas. Madam, I 'll take my leave.

Why, stay,
And hear me speak.
Cas. Madam, not now; I am very ill at ease,

Unfit for mine own purposes.
Des. Well; do your discretion.

[Exit Cassio. Iago. Ha! I like not that. OTH.

What dost thou say? Iago. Nothing, my lord: or if— I know not what. OTH. Was not that Cassio parted from my wife? Iago. Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it,

That he would steal away so guilty-like,

Seeing your coming Отн. .

I do believe 't was he. Des. How now, my lord ?

I have been talking with a suitor here,

A man that languishes in your displeasure.
OTH. Who is 't you mean?
Des. Why, your lieutenant, Cassio. Good my lord,

If I have any grace, or power to move you,

His present reconciliation take;
• Hawks were tamed by being kept from sleep. Thus in Cartwright's · Lady Errant'-

* We 'll keep you,
As they do hawks, watching, until you leave
Your wildness."

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