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Cas. Something from Cyprus, as
I It is a business of some heat: the gallies Have sent a dozen sequent messengers This very night at one another's heels; And many of the consuls, rais’d, and met, Are at the duke's already: You have been hotly callid
When, being not at your lodging to be found,
Oth. "Tis well I am found by you.
[Exit. Cas. Ancient, what makes he here?
Iago. 'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land carack; If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.
Cas. I do not understand.
Enter BRABANTIO, RODERIGO, and Officers of night,
with torches and weapons.
Oth. Hola! stand there!
lago. You, Roderigo ! come, sir, I am for you.
. Oth. Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will
Oth. Hold your hands,
Bra. To prison : till fit time
Of law, and course of direct session,
Oth. What if I do obey ?
Off. "Tis true, most worthy signior,
Bra. How ! the duke in council !
SCENE IH.-The same.
The Duke and Senators, sitting at a table ; Officers at
tending. Duke. There is no composition in these news, That gives them credit.
1st Sen. Indeed, they are disproportion'd; My letters say, a hundred and seven gallies.
Duke. And mine, a hundred and forty.
2d Sen. And mine, two hundred : But though they jump not on a just account, (As in these cases, where the aim reports,
Tis oft with difference,) yet do they all confirm
Duke. Nay, it is possible enough to judgment;
Sailor. [Within.] What ho! what ho! what ho!
Enter an Officer, with a Sailor.
Sail. The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes;
Duke. How say you by this change?
1st Sen. This cannot be, By no assay of reason; 'tis a pageant, To keep us in false gaze: When we consider The importancy of Cyprus to the Turk; And let ourselves again but understand, That, as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes, So may he with more facile question bear it, For that it stands not in such warlike brace, But altogether lacks the abilities That Rhodes is dress’d in :-if we make thought of this, We must not think the Turk is so unskilful, To leave that latest which concerns himn first; Neglecting an attempt of ease, and gain, To wake, and wage, a danger profitless.
Duke. Nay, in all confidence, he's not for Rhodes. Off. Here is more news.
Enter a Messenger. Mess. The Ottomites, reverend and gracious, Steering with due course toward the isle of Rhodes, Have there injointed them with an after fleet.
1st Sen. Ay, so I thought:—How many, as you guess:
Mess. Of thirty sail : and now do they re-stem
toward Cyprus.—Signior Montano,
Duke. "Tis certain then for Cyprus.-
1st Sen. He's now in Florence. Duke. Write from us; wish him post-post-haste :
despatch. 1st Sen. Here comes Brabantio, and the valiant Moor.
Enter BRABANTIO, OTHELLO, Iago, RODERIGO, and
Officers. Duke. Valiant Othello, we must straight employ
you Against the general enemy Ottoman. I did not see you; welcome, gentle signior;
[To BRABANTIO. We lack’d your counsel and your help to-night.
Bra. So did I yours: Good your grace, pardon me; Neither my place, nor aught I heard of business, Hath rais’d ine from my bed; nor doth the general care Take hold on me; for my particular grief