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Evades them with a bombast circumstance,
Horribly stuffd with epithets of war;
And, in conclusion,
Non-suits my mediators; for, certes, says he,
I have already chosen my officer,
And what was he?
Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife;
That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows
More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,
Wherein the toged consuls can propose
As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practice,
Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had the election :
And I,--of whom his eyes had seen the proof,
At Rhodes, at Cyprus; and on other grounds
Christian and Heathen,-must be be-lee'd and calm'd
By debtor and creditor, this counter-caster; 30
He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,
And I, sir, (bless the mark!) his Moor-ship's an-

cient. Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his

hangman. lago. But there's no remedy, 'tis the curse of ser.

vice;

Preferment goes by letter, and affection,
Not by the old gradation, where each second
Stood heir to the first. Now, sir, be judge yourself,
Whether I in any just term am affin'd

To

To love the Moor.

Rod. I would not follow him then.

lago. O, sir, content you; I follow him to serve my turn upon him : We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly follow'd. You shall mark Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave, That, doting on his own obsequious bondage, Wears out his time, much like his master's ass, For nought but provender, and, when he's old, ca

shier'd; Whip me such honest knaves : Others there are, Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty, Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves; And, throwing but shows of service on their lords, Do well thrive by them, and, when they have lin’d

their coats, Do themselves homage : these fellows have some

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soul :

And such a one do I profess myself,
For, sir,
It is as sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago :
In following him, I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end :
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

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For

For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

Rod. What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe, If he can carry't thus !

lago. Call up her father, Rouse him: make after him, poison his delight, 70 Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kinsmen, And, though he in a fertile climate dwell, Plague him with flies: though that his joy be joy, Yet throw such changes of vexation on't, As it may lose some colour.

Rod. Here is her father's house; I'll call aloud.

lago. Do; with like timorous accent, and dire yell, As when, by night and negligence, the fire Is spy'd in populous cities.

Rod. What ho! Brabantio! signior Brabantio, ho! lago. Awake! what, ho! Brabantio! thieves !

thieves ! Look to your house, your daughter, and your bags ! Thieves ! thieves !

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BRABANTIO, above, at a Window.
Bra. What is the reason of this terrible summons ?
What is the matter there?

Rod. Signior, is all your family within?
lago. Are your doors lock'd ?
Bra. Why? wherefore ask you

this? lago. Sir, you are robb’d; for shame, put on your

gown; Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul; Even now, very now, an old black ram

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Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise !
Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,
Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you:
Arise, I say.

Bra. What, have you lost your wits ?
Rod. Most reverend signior, do you know my

voice ?
Bra. Not I; What are you?
Rod. My name is-Roderigo.

Bra. The worse welcome :
I have charg'd thee, not to haunt about my

doors :
In honest plainness thou hast heard me say,
My daughter is not for thee; and now, in madness,
Being full of supper, and distempering draughts,
Upon malicious bravery, dost thou come
To start my quiet.

Rod. Sir, sir, sir

Bra. But thou must needs be sure,
My spirit, and my place, have in them power
To make this bitter to thee.

Rod. Patience, good sir.
Bra. What tell'st thou me of robbing? this is

Venice;
My house is not a grange.

Rod. Most grave Brabantio,
In simple and pure soul I come to you.

lago. Sir, you are one of those, that will not serve God, if the devil bid you. Because we come to do you service, you think we are ruffians : You'll have your daughter cover'd with a Barbary horse ; you'll

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Bra. What profane wretch art thou ?

lago. I am one, sir, that comes to tell you, your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.

Bra. Thou art a villain.
lago. You are—a senator.
Bra. This thou shalt answer; I know thee, Rode-

rigo.
Rod. Sir, I will answer any thing. But I beseech

you, [If't be your pleasure, and most wise consent

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(As partly, I find, it is) that your fair daughter,
At this odd even and dull watch o’the night,
Transported—with no worse nor better guard,
But with a knave of common hire, a gondalier,-
To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor:-
If this be known to

you,
and
your

allowance,
We then have done you bold and saucy wrongs;
But, if you know not this, my manners tell me,
We have your wrong rebuke. Do not believe,
That, from the sense of all civility,

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I thus would play and trifle with your reverence:
Your daughter,-if you have not given her leave,-
I say again, hath made a gross revolt;
Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes,
To an extravagant and wheeling stranger,
Of here and every where : Straight satisfy yourself :)
If she be in her chamber, or your house,

Let

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