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I never did like molestation view
Mont. If that the Turkish fleet
Enter a third Gentleman.
3 Gent. News, Lords, our wars are done: The defperate tempeft hath so bang'd the Turks, That their defignment halts. A noble ship of Venice (14) Hath seen a grievous wreck and sufferance On most part of the feet.
Mont. How! is this true?
3 Gent. The ship is here put in,
Mønt. I'm glad on't; 'tis a worthy Governor.
3 Gent. But this fame Caffia, though he speak of comfort,
Mont. Pray heav'ns, he be:
(14) Another Ship of Venice
Hath seen a grievous wreck, &c.] But no Ship, before this, has arrived, or brought any Account of the Turkish Fleet's Diftress: How then can this be called another Ship? Oh, but the eldeft Quarto has called it so; and, if there be a various Reading, Mr. Pope is pretty good at taking the wrong one. The two elder Folio's and the Quarto in 1630 read, as I have restored to the Text;
A noble Sbit of Venice,
Ev'n till we make the main and th' aerial blue
Gent. Come, let's do so;
Mont. Is he well-shipp'd ?
Caf. His bark is toutly timber’d, and his pilot
Within.) A fail, a fail, a fait!
Gent. The town is empty; on the brow o'th' Sea
Caf. My hopes do shape him for the Governor,
Gent. They do discharge their thot of courtefy: Our friends, at least.
Caf. I pray you, Sir, go forth,
Enter Gentleman. How now ? who has
in ? Gent. 'Tis one lago, Ancient to the General.
Caf. H'as had most favourable and happy speed; Tempests themselves, high seas, and howling winds ; The gutter'd rocks, and congregated fands, (Traitors enfteep'd to clog the guitless keel:) As having fense of beauty, do omit
Their mortal natures, letting safe go by
Mont. What is she?
Caf. She that I'spake of, our great Captain's Captain,
Enter Desdemona, Iago, Rodorigo, and Æmilia.
Def. I thank you, valiant Caffio,
Def. O, but I fear--how loft you company
Caf. The great contention of the sea and skies Parted our fellowship. But, hark, a fail!
Within.) A fail, a fail!
Gent. They give this greeting to the citadel:
Cas. See for the news:
lago. Sir, would she give you so much of her lips,
lago. In faith, too much; I find it still, when I have list to fleep; Marry, before your ladyship, I grant,
tongue a little in her heart, And chides with thinking.
Æmil. You have little cause to say so.
lago. Come on, come on; you're pičtures out of doors, Bells in your parlours, wild-cats in your kitchens, Saints in your injuries, devils being offended, Players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds!
Def. O, fy upon thee, slanderer!
lago. Nay, it is true, or else I am a Turk; You rise to play, and go to bed to work.
Æmil. You shall not write my praise. lago. No, let me not. Des. What wouldft thou write of me, if thou shou’dft
lago. I am about it; but, indeed, my invention comes from my pate, as birdlime does from freeze, it plucks out brains and all. But my muse labours, and thus fre is delivered.
If he be fair and wise, fairness and wit,"
She'll find a white that shall ber blackness fit.
Iago. She never yet was foolish, that was fair;
For ev'n her folly helpt her to an heir: Des. These are old fond paradoxes, to make fools laugh i'th'alehouse. What miserable praise haft thou for her that's foul and foolish ?
Iago. There's none to foul and foolish thereunto,
But does foul pranks, which fair and wise ones do Def. Oh heavy ignorance! thou praisest the worft beft. But what praise couldit thou bestow on a deserving woman indeed ? (14) one, that in the authority of her merit, did justly put down the vouch of very malice itself? Iago. She that was ever fair, and never proud,
Had tongue at will, and yet was never loud';
She was a wight, (if ever fuch wight were)
(14) One, that in the Authoriry of ber Meril, did jusly put on the Vouch of very Malice itself. ] Though all the printed Copies agree in this Reading, I cannot help suspecting it. If the Text should be genuine, I confess, it is above my Understanding. In what Sense can Merit be said to put on the Vouch of Malice? I hould rather think, Mesit was so fafe in itself, as to repel and put off all-that Malice and Envy could advance and affirm to its Prejudice. I have ventured to reform the Text to this Construction, by a very flight Change that makes it intelligible.