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If this should blast in proof.


We'll make a solemn wager on your cun-
nings, t-

Soft ;-let me

I ha't:

When in your motion you are hot and dry,
(As make your bouts more violent to that end,)
And that he calls for drink, I'll have preferr'down death, shortens not his own life.


2 Clo. But is this law?

A chalice for the nonce: whereon but sipping,
If he chance escape your venom'd stuck, ||
Our purpose may hold there. But stay, what

Enter QUEEN.

How now, sweet queen?
Queen. One woe doth tread upon another's
So fast they follow :-Your sister's drown'd,
Laer. Drown'd! Oh! where ?


Queen. There is a willow grows ascant the

That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
Therewith fantastic garlands did she make
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long
purples, ¶

That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call

There on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies, and herself,
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread


And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time, she chaunted snatches of old
As one incapable tt of her own distress, [tunes,
Or like a creature native and indu'd,

Unto that element: but long it could not be,
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.

Laer. Alas then, she is drown'd ?
Queen. Drown'd, drown'd.

Laer. Too much of water bast thou,

1 Clo. Why, there thou say'st: And the more pity; that great folks shall have countenance in this world to drown or hang themselves, more than their even Christian. Come, my spade. [Laertes, There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers, and grave-makers; they hold up Adam's profession.

And therefore I forbid my tears: But yet
It is our trick; nature her custom holds,
Let shame say what it will: when these are



The woman will be ont. -Adien, my lord!
I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze,
But that this folly drowns it.

King. Let's follow, Gertrude :
How much I had to do to calm his rage!
Now fear 1, this will give it start again;
Therefore, let's follow.

+ Skill.

A cup for the purpose,
Orchis morio mas.
4+ Insensible.


2 Clo. Nay, but hear you, goodman deliver. 1 Clo. Give me leave. Here lies the water; good: here stauds the man; good: If the man go to this water, and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes; mark you that: but if the water come to him, and drown him, he drowns not himself: argal, he, that is not guilty of his

As fire arms sometimes burst in proving their strength.

t Presented. Thrust. Licentious. 11 Tears will flow. 11 A blunder for ergo.

1 Clo. Ay, marry is't;crowner's-quest law. 2 Clo. Will you ha' the truth on't? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out of Christian burial.

2 Clo. Was he a gentlemen? དཎྞཾ

1 Clo. He was the first that ever bore arms. 2 Clo. Why, he had none.

1 Clo. What, art a heathen? How dost thou understand the scripture? The scripture says, Adam digged; Could he dig without arms? I'll put another question to thee: If thou answerest me not to the purpose, confess thyself


SCENE I-A Church-Yard.

Enter Two CLOWNS, with Spades, &c.

1 Clo. Is she to be buried in Christian burial,
that wilfully seeks her own salvation?

2 Clo. I tell thee, she is; therefore make her
and finds it Christian burial.
mave straight: 55 the crowner hath set on her,ployment hath the daintier sense,

1 Co. How can that be, unless sire drowned
berself in her own defence?'

2 Clo. Go to.

1 Clo. What is he, that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?

2 Clo. The gallows maker; for that frame out-lives a thousand tenants.

1 Clo. I like thy wit well, in good faith; the gallows does well: But how does it well? it does well to those that do ill now thou dost ill, to say the gallows is built stronger than the church; argal, the gallows may do well to thee. To't again; come.

2 Clo. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?


I Clo. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke. † :),L
2 Clo. Marry, now I can tell,
1 Clo. To't.

2 Clo. Mass, I cannot tell.

Enter HAMLET and HORATIO, at a distance.

1 Clo. Cudgel thy brains no more about it; for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating and, when you are asked this question next, say, a grave-maker; the houses that he makes last till doomsday. Go, get thee to Yaughan, and fetch me a stoup of liquor. Exit 2 CLOWN. 1 CLOWN digs, and sings.

In youth, when I did love, did love,‡
Methought, it was very sweet,

To contract, O, the time, for, ah, my behove
O, methought, there was nothing meet.

2 Clo. Why 'tis found so

And hath shipped me into the lamt,
As if I had never been such.
[Throws up a Scull.
Ham. That scull had a tongue in it, and

1 Clo. It must be se offendendo; it cannot be
else. For here lies the point: If I drown my
Self wittingly, it argues an act: and an act could sing once: How the knave jowis it to
hath three branches; it is, to act, to do, and the ground, as if it were Cain's jaw-bone, that
to perforin; argal, she drowned herself wit-did the Brst murder! This might be the pate

of a politician, which this ass now o'er-reaches:
one that would circumvent God, might it not?

Ham. Has this fellow no feeling of his business? he sings at grave-making.

Hor. Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.

Ham. 'Tis e'en so: the hand, of little en

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Or I could make a prologue to my brains,
They had begun the play ;-I sat me down;
Devis'd a new commission; wrote it fair :
I once did hold it, as our statists + do,
A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much
How to forget that learning; but, Sir, pow.
It did me yeoman's service: Wilt thou know
The effect of what I wrote ?

Hor. Ay, good my lord.

Ham. Au earnest conjuration from king,

As England was his faithful tributary;
As love between them like the palm might

As peace should still ber wheaten garland wear,
And stand a comma 'tween their amities;
And many such like as's of great charge,-
That, on the view and knowing of these con-

Without debatement further, more, or less,
He should the bearers put to sudden death,
Not shriving 6-time allow'd.

Hor. How was this seal'd?

Ham. Why, even in that was heaven naut;


I had my father's signet in my purse,
Which was the model of that Danish seal:
Folded the writ up in form of the other;
Subscrib'd it; gave't the impression; plac'd it

The changeling never known: Now, the next day Was our sea-fight; and what to this was sequent ¶



Thon know'st already.
Hor. So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go


Ham. Why, man, they did make love to employment;


They are not near my conscience; their defeat
Does by their own insinuation grow:

'Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes
Between the pass and fell incensed points
Of mighty opposites.

Hor. Why, what a king is this !

Ham. Does it not, think thee, stand me now, upon?

Osr. Exceedingly, my lord; it is very sultry, as 'twere,-1 cannot tell how-My lord, his majesty bade me signify to you, that he has laid a great wager on your head: Sir, this is the matter,Ham. I beseech you, remember



[HAMLET moves him to put on his Hat. Osr. Nay, good my lord; for my ease, in good faith. Sir, here is newly come to court, Laertes: believe me, an absolute gentleman, full of most excellent differences, of very soft soordi-ciety, and great showing: Indeed, to speak feelingly of him, he is the card or calendar of geutry, for you shall find in him the coutinent of what part a gentleman would see.

Ham. Sir, this definement suffers no perdition in you;-thongh, I know, to divide him inventorially, would dizzy the arithmetic of memory; and yet but raw neither, in respect of his quick sail. But, in the verity of extolment, I take him to be a soul of great article; and his infusion of such dearth and rareness, as, to make true diction of him, his semblable is his mirror; and, who else would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.

Osr. Your lordship speaks most infallibly of him.

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Before. Confessing. Requite.

Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship, were at leisure, I should impart a thing to you from his majesty.

Ham. I will receive it, Sir, with all diligence of spirit: Your bonnet to its right use; 'us for the head.


Ham. I humbly thank you, Sir.-Dost know

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Osr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot. Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind is northerly.

He that hath kill'd my king and whor'd my mother,
Popp'd in between the election and my hopes;
Thrown out his angel for my proper life,
And with such cozenage; is't not perfect con-

To quit

him with this arm? and is't not to be damn'd, To let this canker of our nature come In further evil ?

Hor. It must be shortly known to him from Laertes is-


Osr. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed. Ham. But yet, methinks, it is very sultry and hot; or my complexion-

Ham. The concernancy, Sir ? why do we wrap the gentleman in our more rawer breath? Osr. Sir?

Hor, Is't not possible to understand in another tongne? You will do't, Sir, really." Ham. What imports the nomination ¶ of this gentleman ?

* 4*

Osr. Of Laertes ?

Hor. His purse is empty already; all his gol. den words are spent.

Ham. Of him, Sir.

Osr. I know, you are not ignorant

Ham. I would, you did, Sir; yet, in faith, if you did, it would not much approve me ;Well, Sir.

Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence

Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should compare with him in excellence; but, to know a man well, were to know himself.,

Osr. I mean, Sir, for his weapon; but in the imputation laid on him by them, in his meed it he's unfellowed.

this waterfly? I

Hor. No, my good lord.

Ham. Thy state is the more gracious; for 'tis a vice to know him: He hath much land, and fertile: let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the king's mess: 'Fis a chough, but, as I say, spacious in the possession

of dirt.


+ Statesmen.

The affected phrase of the time. **
Distinguishing excellencies.
Compass or chart.
The country and pattern for imitation.
This speech is a ridicule of the court jargon of that
A note of connection. time.
Following. tt Praise.
tt Imponed, put down, staked.
+ For count some Editors read That part of the belt by which the sword was s
tt Water flies are gnats.
$6 A bira like a jackdaw.

I Margin of a book which contains ex
planatory notes.

Ham. What's his weapon?

Osr. Rapier and dagger.

Ham. That's two of his weapons: but, well. Osr. The king, Sir, bath wagered with him six Barbary horses: against the which he has impawned, as I take it, six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hang ers, and so: Three of the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and of very liberal



Ham. What call you the carriages?
Hor. I knew, you must be edified by the
margent,|||| ere you had done.
Osr. The carriages, Sir, are the hangers.


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Ham. The phrase would be more gerinan
to the matter, if we could carry a cannon by
our sides; I would, it might be hangers till
then. But, on: Six Barbary horses against six
French swords, their assigns, and three liberal
conceited carriages; that's the French bet against
the Danish: Why is this impawned, as you call
it ?

Osr. The king, Sir, hath laid, that in a dozen passes between your self and him, he shall not exceed you three hits; he hath laid, on twelve for nine; and it would come to immediate trial, if your lordship would vouchsafe the an


Ham. How, if I answer, no?
Osr. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your
person in trial.

Ham. Sir, I will walk bere in the hall: If it
please his majesty, it is the breathing time of
day with me: let the foils be brought, the gen-
tleman willing, and the king hold his purpose,
will win for him, if I can; if not, I will gain
nothing but my shame, and the odd hits.
Osr. Shall I deliver you so?

Ham. To this effect, Sir; after what flourish your nature will.

Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship.

[Exit. Ham. Yours, yours. He does well to commend it himself; there are no tongues else for's turn.

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Enter a LORD.

Lord. My lord, his majesty commended him to you by young Osric, who brings back to bim, that you attend him in the hall: He sends to know, if your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that you will take longer time.

Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they follow the king's pleasure: if his fitness speaks, mine is ready; now, or whensoever, provided I be so able as now.

Lord. The king, and queen, and all are coming down.

Ham. In happy time.

Lord. The queen desires you to use some gentle entertainment to Laertes, before you fall to play.

Ham. She well instructs me. [Erit LORD. Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord. Ham. I do not think so; since he went into France, I have been in continual practice; I shall win at the odds. But thou wouldst not think, how ill all's here about my heart: but it

is no matter.

Hor. Nay, good my lord, Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gain-giving, as would, perhaps, trouble a



Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: I will forestal + their repair hither, and say, you

are not fit.

• A kin. 54 is hatched. Worthless. ** Misgiving.

Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is special providence in the fall of a sparrow, if it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now; yet it will come: the readiness is all: Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes?

Let be.

Enter KING, QUEEN, LAERTES, LORDS, OSRIC, and Attendants, with Foils, &c.

A bird which runs about immediately

1 Compliment.


For fond read funned. * Prevent,

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That might your nature, honour, and exception, Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes? Never, Ham



If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away,

And, when he is not himself, does wrong Laertes,



Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it.
Who does it then? His madness? If't be so,
Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong'd,
His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy.,
Sir, in this audience,

Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd évil
Free me so far in your most generous thoughts,
That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,
And hurt my brother.

Laer. I am satisfied in nature,

Whose motive, in this case, should stir me


To my revenge: but in my terms of honour,
Till by some elder masters, of known honour,
I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement,
have a voice and precedent of peace,
To keep my name ungor'd: + But till that time,
do receive your offer'd love like love,


And will not wrong it.

Ham. I embrace it freely;

And will this brother's wager frankly, play.-
Give us the foils; come on.
Laer. Come, one for me.

Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine ig

Ham. Very well, my lord';

Your grace hath laid the odds o'the weaker side.
King. I do not fear it: I have seen you
But since he's better'd, we have therefore pads.
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
Ham. This likes me well: These foils have all
a length? [They prepare to play.
Osr. Ay, my good lord.
King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that

If Hamlet gives the first or second hit,
Or quit in answer of the third exchange,
Let all the battleinents their ordnance fire;
And in the cup an union shall he throw,
The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath
Richer than that which four successive kings
In Denmark's crown have worn; Give me the
And let the kettle to the trumpet speak, *****
The trumpet to the cannoneer without,
heaven to
he cannons to the heavens, the
Now the King drinks to Hamlet. Come,
And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.
begin ;-
Ham. Come on, Sir.
Laer. Come, my lord.
Ham. One.



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THE story upon which this beautiful and instructive tragedy is founded, was taken, according to Mr. Pope, frem Cynthio's novels. It was probably written in the year 1611. Mustapha, Selymus's general, invaded Cyprus in May 1570, and conquered it in the following year. His fleet first sailed towards that island; but immediately changing its course for Rhodes, formed a junction with another squadron, and then returned to the attack of Cyprus thus the actual historical periods of the performance are satisfactorily determined. In addition to the admirable lesson set forth in this impressive tragedy, so well calculated to produce an excellent effect upon the human mind, by pourtraying that baneful passion, which, when once indulged, is the inevitable destroyer of conjugal happiness; it may justly be considered as one of the noblest efforts of dramatic genius, that has appeared in any age, or in any language. "The fiery openness of Othello, (says Dr. Johnson) magnanimous, artless, and credulous; boundless in his confidence, ardent in his affection, inflexible in his reselution, and obdurate in his revenge---the soft simplicity of Desdemona, confident of merit, and conscious of innocence; her artless perseverance in her suit, and her slowness to suspect that she can be suspected-the cool malignity of lago, silent in his resentment, subtle in his designs, and studious at once of his interest ami bis vengeance---are such proofs of Shakspeare's skill in human nature, as I suppose it is in vain to seek in any modern writer; whilst even the inferior characters would be very conspicuous in any other piece, not only for their justness, but their strength." In proportion to the enormity of such a crime as adultery, should be the caution with which a suspicion of it is permitted to be entertained; and our great dramatic moralist was no doubt desirous of enforcing this maxim, when he made it, as he has done, the subject of no less than four of his most finished productions.

BRABANTIO, a Senator.
Two other Senators.

GRATIANO, Brother to Brabantio.

LODOVICO, Kinsman to Brabantio.

OTHELLO, the Moor.

CASSIO, his Lieutenant.
JAGO, his Ancient.


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Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me :-
If ever I did dream of such a matter,
Abhor me.
Rod. Thou told'st me, thou didst hold him in

thy hate.

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RODERIGO, a Venetian Gentleman.

MONTANO, Othello's predecessor in the Go- Officers, Gentlemen, Messengers, Musicans, Sailors, Attendants, &c.

vernment of Cyprus.

SCENE, for the first Act, in Venice; during the rest of the Play, at a Sea-port in Cyprus.

Iago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the city,


My mediators; for, certes, says he,
I have already chose my officer.
And what was he?

SCENE I.-Venice.-A Street.


Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,

Rod. Tush, never tell me, I take it much un- A fellow almost dainn'd in a fair wife ; +
That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows


In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,
Oft capp'd to him;-and, by the faith of man,
I know my price, I am worth no worse a place:
But he, as loving his own,pride and purposes,
Evades them, with a borabast circumstance, t
Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war;
Aud, in conclusion, nonsuits

• Saluted.

CLOWN, Servant to Othello.

That thou, lago,-who hast had my purse,

As if the strings were thine,-shouldst know of More than a spiuster; unless the bookish the

+ Circumlocution.

DESDEMONA, Daughter to Brabantio, and
Wife to Othello.

EMILIA, Wife to lago.

BIANCA, a Courtezan, Mistress to Cassio.


Wherein the toged consuls can propose
As masterly as he mere prattle, without prac
Is all his soldiership. But he, Sir, had the elec-
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

By debitor and creditor; this counter-caster,
He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,

. Certainly.

For wife some read life, supposing it to allude to the
denunciation in the Gospel, Woe anto you when all
men shall speak well of you."
1 Theory.
It was anciently tha

6 Rulers of the state.
practice to reckon up sums with

Rod. My name is—Rodérigo.
Bra. The worse welcome :


I have charg'd thee, not to haunt about my
In honest plainness thou hast heard me say
My daughter is not for thee; and now, in mad-

Being full of supper and distempering draughts
Upon malicious bravery dost thou come
To start my quiet. Рой

Rod. Sir, Sir, Sir, Sir,——

Bra. But thou must needs be sure,

And 1, (God bless the mark!) his Moorship's an-

Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his



Iago. But there's no remedy; 'tis the curse of

Preferment goes by letter and affection,''
Not by the old gradation, where each second
Stood heir to the first. Now, Sir, be judge

Whether I in any just term am affin'dTM*
To love the Moor.

Rod. I would not follow him then.

Jago. O Sir, content you;
I follow hiut 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,

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Whip me such honest knaves Others there are,
Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of dɛty,
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


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; all
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
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
Rod. What a full fortune does the thick-lips
If he can carry't thus,!
[owe +
logo. Call up her father,
Rouse him; make after him, poison his delight,
Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kins-


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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




Jago. Do; with like timorous accent, and dire yell, As when, by night and negligence, the fire Is spied in populous cities. Rod. What, ho! Brabantio! signior Brabantio, ho!

Jago. Awake! what, ho! Brabantio 1 thieves
thieves! thieves !

Look to your house, your daughter, and your

Thieves! thieves !

+ Possess.

BRABANTIO, above, at a Window.

Bra. What is the reason of this terrible sum-
What is the matter there?

Red, Siguior, is all your family within?
Jago. Are your doors lock'd ?

Bra. Why? wherefore ask you this?
Jago. 'Zounds, Sir, you are robb'd; for shame,
put on your gown;
Your heart is burst, you have lost half your
Even now, very now, an old black ram
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


Bra. Not 1; What are you?

• Related.

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

My house is not a grange.

Rod. Most grave Brabantio,

In simple and pure soul I come to you.

Jago. 'Zounds, 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 ruffiaus: You'll have your daughter covered with a Barbaty horse; you'll have your nephews + neigh to you: you'il have coursers for cousins, and genuets for germans.

Bra. What profane wretch art, thou?

Jago. 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.

Jago. You are--a senator.

Bra. This thou shalt answer: I know thee

Rod. Sir, I will answer any thing. But I be-
seech you,

If't be your pleasure, and most wise consent,
(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 gondolier,
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,
If thus would play and trifle with your rever-
Your daughter, if you have not given her

I say again, hath made a gross revolt;
Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes,
In an extravagant ý and wheeling stranger, [self;
Of here and every where: Straight satisfy your
If she be in her chamber, or your house,
Let loose on me the justice of the state
For thus deluding you.

Bra. Strike on the tinder, ho!
Give me a taper ;-call up all my people :-
This accident is not unlike my dream,
Belief of it oppresses me already:
Light, I say! light!

[Exit from above.
lago. Farewell; for I must leave you:
It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place,
To be produc'd (as, if I stay, 1 shall,)
Against the Moor: For, I do know, the state,
However this may gall him with some check,
Cannot with safety cast him; for he's embark'd
With such loud reason to the Cyprus' wars,
(Which even now stand in act,) that, for their
Another of his fathom they have not,
To lead their business; in which regard,
Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,
Yet, for necessity of present life,

I must show out a flag and sign of love,
Which is indeed but sign. That you shall surely
find him,

Lead to the Sagittary the rais'd search;
And there will I be with him. So, farewell.


A lone farm house. + Nephews, here means grand-
A Spanish horse.



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