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Not only take away, but let your sentence
Fetch Desdemona hither. Oth. Ancient, conduct them; you best know the - place. .
[Exeunt Iago and Attendants. And, till she come, as truly as to heaven I do confess the vices of my blood, So justly to your grave ears I'll present How I did thrive in this fair lady's love, And she in mine.
Duke. Say it, Othello.
Oth. Her father lov'd me; oft invited me; Still question'd me the story of my life, From year to year; the battles, sieges, fortunes, That I have pass'd. I ran it through, even from my boyish days, To the very moment that he bade me tell it. Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances, Of moving accidents, by flood, and field; Of hair-breadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach;
Of being taken by the insolent foe,
And portance in my travel's history:
. And portance] and behaviour.
men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders,] Of these men there is an account in the interpolated travels of Mandeville, a book of that
Would Desdemona seriously incline:
strange; 'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful: She wish'd, she had not heard it; yet she wish'd : That heaven had made her such a man: she thank'd
Enter DESDEMONA, Iago, and Attendants. Duke. I think, this tale would win my daughter
too. Good Brabantio,
time. Raleigh also has given an account of men whose heads de grow beneath their shoulders, in his Description of Guiana, published in 1596, a book that without doubt Shakspeare had read...
2 But not intentively:] i. e. with attention to all its parts. .
Take up this mangled matter at the best:
. I pray you, hear her speak;
My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty: To you, I am bound for life, and education; My life, and education, both do learn me How to respect you; you are the lord of duty, I am hitherto your daughter: But here's my husband; And so much duty as iny mother show'd To you, preferring you before her father, So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor, my lord.
Bra. God be with you! I have done: Please it your grace, on to the state affairs; I had rather to adopt a child, than get it. Come hither, Moor: I here do give thee that with all my heart, Which, but thou hast already, with all my heart I would keep from thee. For your sake, jewel, I am glad at soul I have no other child; to For thy escape would teach me tyranny, To hang clogs on them. I have done, my lord. Duke. Let me speak like yourself;) and lay a sen
tence, Which, as a grise, or step, may help these lovers Into your favour.
Let me speak like yourself;] i. e. let me speak as yourself would speak, were you not too much heated with passion. - as a grise,] Grize from degrees. A grize is a step. .
When remedies are past, the griefs are ended, : '
thief; ... '
Bra. So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile; We lose it not, so long as we can smile. He bears the sentence well, that nothing bears But the free comfort which from thence he hears :: But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow, That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow. These sentences, to sugar, or to gall, Being strong on both sides, are equivocal: . But words are words; I never yet did hear, That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the ear. I humbly beseech you, proceed to the affairs of state.
Duke. The Turk with a most mighty preparation makes for Cyprus:-Othello, the fortitude of the place is best known to you: And though we have
there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency, yet - opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer voice on you: you must therefore be content to slubber the gloss of your new, fortunes?
5 But the free comfort which from thence he hears :] But the mo-ral precepts of consolation, which are liberally bestowed on occasion of the sentence. Johnson.
6 But words are words; I never yet did hear - That the bruis'd heart was pierced through the ear.] These moral precepts, says Brabantio, may perhaps be founded in wisdom, but they are of no avail. Words after all are but words; and I never yet heard that consolatory speeches could reach and penetrate the afflicted heart, through the medium of the ear. .
i to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes--] To slubler, on this occasion, is to obscure. La roue is a
with this more stubborn and boisterous expedition.
Oth. The tyrant custom, most grave senators,
If you please,
I'll not have it so.
Des. Nor I; I would not there reside, To put my father in impatient thoughts, By being in his eye. Most gracious duke, To my unfolding lend a gracious ear; And let me find a charter in your voice, To assist my simpleness.
Duke. What would you, Desdemona?
Des. That I did love the Moor to live with him, My downright violence and storm of fortunes 3. .
8 t hrice driven bed of down :] A driven bed, is a bed for which the feathers are selected, by driving with a fan, which separates the light from the heavy. 9- I do agnize-] i. e. acknowledge, confess, avow.
I crave fit disposition for my wife;
Due reference of place, and exhibition ; &c.] I desire, that proper disposition be made for my wife, that she may have prerea dency and revenue, accommodation and company, suitable to her rank, Exhibition is allowance.
2 a charter in your voice,] Let your favour privilege me.
3.My downright violence and storm of fortunes --] Violence is not violence suffered, but violence acted. Breach of common rules and obligations.