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Probal to thinking', and (indeed) the course
I Probal to thinking,] Mr. Steevens observes, that " the old editions concur in reading probal. There may be such a contraction of the word, (probable] but I have not met with it in any other book. Yet, abbreviations as violent occur in our ancient writers." He, however, reads-probable. MALONE. 3 Tbe inclining Defdemonam ] Inclining here signifies compliant.
MALONE. 3 - as fruitful as the free elements :] Liberal, bountiful, as the ele. ments, out of which all things are produced. JOHNSON.
to this parallel course,] Parallel, for even, because parallel lines run even and equidiftant." WARBURTON, So, in our authour's 70th Sonnet:
“ Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth,
“ And delves the parallels in beauty's brow." MALONE. Parallel course; i. e. a course level, and even with his design.
JOHNSON sWben devils will obeir blackest fins put on,
They do fuggeft--] When devils mean to inftigate men to commit the most atrocious crimes. So, in Hamlet:
“ Of deaths put on by cunning and forc'd cause." To put on, has already occurred twice in the present play, in this sense. To suggest in old language is to tempi. See Vol. I. p. 139, n. 6.
MALONE. 6 I'll pour ibis peftilence -- ) Pekilence, for poison. WARBURTON.
That she repeals him ? for her body's lust;
Enter RODERICO. Rod. I do follow here in the chace, not like a hound that hunts, but one that fills up the cry. My money is almost spent; I have been to-night exceedingly well cudgell'd; and, I think, the issue will be I shall have so much experience for my pains: and so, with no money at all, and a little more wit", return to Venice,
lago. How poor are they, that have not patience! What wound did ever heal, but by degrees ? Thou know'st, we work by wit, and not by witchcraft And wit depends on dilatory time. Does't not go well? Callio hath beaten thee, And thou, by that small hurt, hait cathier'd Callio: Though other things grow fair against the sun,
1 Tbat she repeals bim-] That is, recalls him. Johnson.
8 Tbat snall enmesh ibem all.-) A metaphor from taking birds in merhes. Popi.
Why not from taking fish, for which purpose nets are more free quently used. MASON.
9--clirsle more wir,] Thus the folio. The first quarto reads And with i bar wir. STEEVENS. 1 I bougb orber ibings grow fair against be fun,
Yu fruits, ebar biojim forf, will first be ripe :] Of many different things, all planned with the same art, and promoted with the same diligence, some must succeed sooner than others, by the order of naiure. Every thing cannot be done at once; we must proceed by the necell'ary gradation. We are not to despair of Now events any more than of tardy fruits, while the causes are in regular progress, and the fruits grow fair againft the sun. Hanmer has not, I think, rightly conceived the sentiment; for he reads,
Tbose fruits wbub blossom forf, are not first ripe. I have therefore drawn it out at length, for there are few to whom that will be easy which was difficult to Hanmer. JOHNSON.
The blofjoming, or fair appearance of things, to which Iago alludes, js, the removal of Cailio. As their plan had alieady bloomed, so there was good ground for expecling that it would soon be ripe. Iago does
Yet fruits, that bloffom firft, will first be ripe':
ACT III. SCENE I.
Before the Caple. Enter Cassio, and some Musicians, Cas. Masters, play here, I will content your pains, Something that's brief; and bid-good-morrow, general.
Mufick. Enter Clown. Clown. Why, masters, have your instruments been at Naples, that they speak i' the nose thus?
1. Muf. How, fir, how!
Clown. Are these, I pray you, call’d wind instruments ? not, I think, mean to compare obeir scheme to tardy fruits, as Dr.Johafon seems to have supposed. MALONE.
2 By the mass, ’ris morning ;] Here we have one of the numerous arbitrary alterations made by the Matter of the Revels in the play house copies, from which a great part of the folio was printed. It reads-In troub, 'tis morning. See Tbe Hiftorical Account of tbe English Stage, Vol. 1. Part II. MALONE.
3 Myself, the wbile, to draw-] The old copies have awbile. Mr. Theobald made the correction.
The modern editors read-Myself, the while, will draw. But the old copies are undoubtedly right. An imperfect sentence was intended. Jago is ruminating on his plan. MALONE.
4 Wby, masers, bave your inflruments been at Naples, tbar i bey Speak i'rbe noje tbus?] The venereal disease first appeared at the siege of Naples. JOHNSON
1. Muf. Ay, marry, are they, fir.
Clown. Marry, fir, by many a wind instrument that I know. But, masters, here's money for you: and the general so likes your musick, that he desires you, of all loves", to make no more noise with it.
1. Muf. Well, sir, we will not.
Clown. If you have any musick that may not be heard, to't again : but, as they say, to hear musick, the general does not greatly care.
1. Muf. We have none such, fir.
Clown. Then put up your pipes in your bag, for I'll away®: Go; vanih into air?; away. [Exeunt Muf.
Caf. Dost thou hear, my honest friend!
Caf. Pr’ythee, keep up thy quillets 8. There's a poor piece of gold for thee: if the gentlewoman that attends the general's wife, be stirring, tell her, there's one Casio entreats her a little favour of speech: Wilt thou do this?
Clown. She is stirring, fir; if she will ftir hither, I ihall seem to notify unto her.
Caf. Why, no; the day had broke
lago. I'll send her to you presently;
(Exit, Cal. I humbly thank you for't. I never knew
of all loves,] The folio reads - for love's fake. STEEVEN S.
vanish into air ;] So the folio and one of the quartos. The
A Florentine more kind and honeft.
Cap. Yet, I beleech you,-
Emil. Pray you, come in ;
I never knew A Florentine more kind and bonefi.] In consequence of this line, a doubt has been entertained concerning the country of lago. Cassio was undoubtedly a Florentine, as appears by the first scene of the play, where he is expreisly called one. That Jago was a Venetian, is proved by a speech in the third scene of this act, and by what he says in the fifth act, after having ftabbed Roderigo :
Jago. Alas, my dear friend and countryman, Roderigo!
lago. Yes. All that Caffio means to say in the passage before us is, I never experienced more honetty and kindness even in one of my own country, men, than in this man. Mr. Steevens has made the same observation in another place.
MALONE. ! To take obe safeff occafion by tbe front,] This line is wanting in the folio. STEEVENS. 2 I am mucb bound to you.] This speech is omitted in the first quarto.
STLEVENS. Vol. IX.