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Let's teach ourselves that honourable stop,
Cas. Iago hath direction what to do ;
Iago is most honest.
[T. DESDEMONA [Exeunt Oth. Des. and Attend.
Cas. Welcome, Iago: We must to the watch.
Iago. Not this hour, lieutenant; 'tis not yet ten o'clock: Our general cast' us thus early, for the love of his Desdemona; whom let us not therefore blame.
Cas. She 's a most exquisite lady.
Iago. Come, lieutenant, I have a stoop of wine; and here without are a brace of Cyprus gallants, that would fain have a measure to the health of the black Othello,
Cas. Not to-night, good lago; I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking: I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment,
Iago. O, they are our friends; but one cup; I'll
Cas. I have drunk but one cup to-night, and that was craftily qualified’ too, and, behold, what innovation it makes here: I am unfortunate in the infirmity, and dare not task my weakness with any
Iago. What, man! tis a night of revels; the gallants desire it.
Cas. Where are they?
drink for you.
2 Slily mixed with water.
Cas. I'll do 't; but it dislikes me. [Exit Cassio. Iago. If I can fasten but one cup upon him, With that which he hath drunk to-night already, He'll be as full of quarrel and offence As my young mistress' dog. Now, my sick fool,
very elements of this warlike isle, Have I to-night fluster'd with flowing cups, And they watch too. Now, 'mongst this flock of
drunkards, Am I to put our Cassio in some action That may
offend the isle: - But here they come : If
consequence do but approve my dream, My boat sails freely, both with wind and stream. Re-enter Cassio, with him MONTANO, and
Gentlemen. Cas. 'Fore heaven, they have given me a rouse already.
Mon. Good faith, a little one; not past a pint, as I am a soldier. lago. Some wine, ho !
And let me the canakin clink, clink; [Sings.
A soldier's a man ;
A life's but a span; Why then, let a soldier drink. Some wine, boys!
[Wine brought int. Cas. That's an excellent
3 A little more than enougli.
Iago. I learned it in England, where (indeed) they are most potent in potting: your Dane, your German, and your Hollander, Drink, ho! --are nothing to your English.
Cas. Is your Englishman so expert in his drinking?
Tago. Why, he drinks you, with facility, your Dane dead drunk; and can overthrow both your Almain and your Hollander.
Cus. To the health of our general.
Mon. I am for it, lieutenant; and I'll do you justice. lago. O sweet England ! King Stephen was a worthy peers,
His breeches cost him but a crown ;
With that he calld-the tailor - lown's,
And thou art but of low degree :
Then taice thine auld cloak about thee.
Cas. Why, this is a more exquisite song than the 'other.
Iago. Will you hear it again?
Cas. No; for I hold him to be unworthy of his place, that does those things. — Well, -- Heaven's above all ; and there be souls that must be saved, and there be souls must not be saved.
Iago. It's true, good lieutenant.
Cas. For mine own part, no offence to the general, or any man of quality, — I hope to be saved.
Iago. And so do I too, lieutenant.
Cas. Ay, but, by your leave, not before 'me; the lieutenant is to be saved before the ancient. Let's
4 Drink as much as you do.
SA worthy fellow.
have no more of this ; let's to our affairs. Forgive us our sins!
Gentlemen, let's look to our busiDo not think, gentlemen, I am drunk; this is my ancient ; this is my right hand, and this is my left hand: - I am not drunk now; I can stand well enough, and speak well enough.
All. Excellent well.
Cas.. Why, very well, then : you must not think then that I am drunk.
But is he often thus?
It were well,
[Aside. I pray you, after the lieutenant; go.
[Exit RODERIGO. Mon. And 'tis great pity, that the noble Moor Should hazard such a place, as his own second,
- While the clock strikes two rounds, or four-and-twenty hours.
With one of an ingraft infirmity :
Not I, for this fair island :
[Cry within. - Help! help!
Re-enter Cassio, driving in RODERIGO.
Cas. You rogue ! you rascal !
What's the matter, lieutenant?
Rod. Beat me!
Dost thou prate, rogue ?
[Striking RODERIGO. Mon.
Nay, good lieutenant;
[Staying him. I pray you, sir, hold your hand. Cas.
Let me go, sir, Or I'll knock you o'er the mazzard. Mon.
Come, come, you 're drunk. Cas. Drunk!
[They fight. Iag, Away, I say ! go out, and cry - a mutiny.
| Aside to Rod. who goes out. Nay, good lieutenant, - alas, gentlemen, Help, ho! Lieutenant,
Montano, Help, masters ! - Here's a goodly watch, indeed!
[Bell rings. Who's that that rings the bell? — The town will
rise. Lieutenant hold, you will be sham'd for ever.
8 Rooted, settled.
9 A wicker'd bottle.