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Iago. I pray you, be content; 'tis but his humour ;
If 'twere no other,
Iago. It is but so, I warrant you. [Trumpets. Hark, how these instruments summon to supper! And the great messengers of Venice stay: Go in, and weep not: all things shall be well. [Exeunt DESDEMONA and EMILIA.
How now, Roderigo?
Rod. I do not find, that thou deal'st justly with me. Iago. What in the contrary?
Rod. Every day thou doff'st me with some device, Iago; and rather (as it seems to me now,) keep'st from me all conveniency, than suppliest me with the least advantage of hope. I will, indeed, no longer endure it: Nor am I yet persuaded, to put up in peace what already I have foolishly suffered.
Iago. Will you hear me, Roderigo?
Rod. 'Faith, I have heard too much; for your words, and performances, are no kin together.
Iago. You charge me most unjustly.
Rod. With nought but truth. I have wasted myself out of my means. The jewels you have had from me, to deliver to Desdemona, would half have corrupted a votarist: You have told me-she has received them, and returned me expectations and comforts of sudden respect and acquittance 1; but I find none.
Iago. Well; go to; very well.
Rod. Very well! go to! I cannot go to, man; nor 'tis not very well: By this hand, I say, it is very scurvy; and begin to find myself fobbed in it.
1- and acquittance;] Acquittance is requital.
Iago. Very well.
Rod. I tell you, 'tis not very well. I will make myself known to Desdemona: If she will return me my jewels, I will give over my suit, and repent my unlawful solicitation; if not, assure yourself, I will seek satisfaction of you.
Iago. You have said now.
Rod. Ay, and I have said nothing, but what I protest intendment of doing.
Iago. Why, now I see there's mettle in thee; and even, from this instant, do build on thee a better opinion than ever before. Give me thy hand, Roderigo : Thou hast taken against me a most just exception; but, yet, I protest, I have dealt most directly in thy
Rod. It hath not appeared.
Iago. I grant, indeed, it hath not appeared; and your suspicion is not without wit and judgment. But, Roderigo, if thou hast that within thee indeed, which I have greater reason to believe now than ever, I mean, purpose, courage, and valour, this night show it: if thou the next night following enjoyest not Desdemona, take me from this world with treachery, and devise engines for my life. 2
Rod. Well, what is it? is it within reason, and compass?
Iago. Sir, there is especial commission come from Venice, to depute Cassio in Othello's place.
Rod. Is that true? why, then Othello and Desdemona return again to Venice.
Iago. O, no; he goes into Mauritania, and takes away with him the fair Desdemona, unless his abode be lingered here by some accident; wherein none can be so determinate, as the removing of Cassio.
Rod. How do you mean - removing of him?
devise engines for my life, &c.] To devise engines, seems to mean, to contrive racks, tortures, &c.
Iago. Why, by making him uncapable of Othello's place; knocking out his brains.
Rod. And that you would have me do?
Iago. Ay; if you dare do yourself a profit, and a right. He sups to-night with a harlot, and thither will I go to him; he knows not yet of his honourable fortune; if you will watch his going thence, (which I will fashion to fall out between twelve and one,) you may take him at your pleasure; I will be near to second Come, your attempt, and he shall fall between us. stand not amazed at it, but go along with me; I will show you such a necessity in his death, that you shall think yourself bound to put it on him. It is now high supper-time, and the night grows to waste: about it. Rod. I will hear further reason for this. Iago. And you shall be satisfied.
Another Room in the Castle.
Enter OTHELLO, LODOVICO, DESDEMONA, EMILIA, and
Lod. I do beseech you, sir, trouble yourself no further.
Des. Your honour is most welcome.
Des. I will, my lord.
Will you walk, sir?—
Oth. Get you to bed on the instant; I will be returned forthwith: dismiss your attendant there; look, it be done.
[Exeunt OTHELLO, LODOVICO, and Attendants.
Emil. How goes it now? he looks gentler than he did. Des. He says, he will return incontinent; He hath commanded me to go to bed, And bade me to dismiss you.
Des. It was his bidding; therefore, good Emilia,
Emil. I would, you had never seen him!
Des. So would not I; my love doth so approve him, That even his stubbornness, his checks, and frowns, Pr'ythee, unpin me, have grace and favour in them. Emil. I have laid those sheets you bade me on the bed. Des. All's one: Good father! how foolish are our minds ! If I do die before thee, pr'ythee, shroud me In one of those same sheets.
Come, come, you talk. Des. My mother had a maid call'd — Barbara ; She was in love; and he, she lov'd, prov'd mad, 3 And did forsake her: she had a song of-willow, An old thing 'twas, but it express'd her fortune, And she died singing it: That song, to-night, Will not go from my mind; I have much to do, But to go hang my head all at one side, And sing it, like poor Barbara. Pr'ythee, despatch. Emil. Shall I go fetch your night-gown?
No, unpin me here.-
And he speaks well.
Emil. I know a lady in Venice, who would have
ought to mean
and he, she lov'd, prov'd mad,] Mad, in the present instance,
I have much to do,
But to go hang my head —] I have much ado to do any thing but hang my head.
walked barefoot to Palestine, for a touch of his nether lip.
Des. The poor soul' sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
The fresh streams ran by her, and murmur'd her moans; Sing willow, &c.
Her salt tears fell from her, and soften'd the stones; Lay by these:
Sing willow, willow, willow;
Pr'ythee, hie thee; he'll come anon. —
Sing all a green willow must be my garland.
Let nobody blame him, his scorn I approve,
Nay, that's not next. Hark! who is it that knocks? Emil. It is the wind.
Des. I call'd my love, false love; but what said he
Sing willow, &c.
If I court mo women, you'll couch with mo men.
5 The poor soul, &c.] This song, in two parts, is printed in Dr. Percy's collection of old ballads; the lines preserved here differ somewhat from the copy discovered by the ingenious collector.
6 I call'd my love, false love ;] This couplet is not in the ballad, which is the complaint, not of a woman forsaken, but of a man rejected. These lines were properly added when it was accommodated
to a woman.