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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
 
1782
    Egregiously an ass.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 1.
1783
    I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1784
    Potations pottle-deep.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1785
    King Stephen was a worthy peer,
  His breeches cost him but a crown;
He held them sixpence all too dear,—
  With that he called the tailor lown. 1
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1786
    Silence that dreadful bell: it frights the isle
From her propriety.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1787
    Your name is great
In mouths of wisest censure.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1788
    Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1789
    Cassio, I love thee;
But never more be officer of mine.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1790
    Iago. What, are you hurt, lieutenant?
Cas. Ay, past all surgery.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1791
    Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1792
    O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1793
    O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1794
    Cas. Every inordinate cup is unbless’d, and the ingredient is a devil.
Iago. Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
1795
    How poor are they that have not patience!
          Othello. Act ii. Sc. 3.
 
Note 1.
Though these lines are from an old ballad given in Perry’s Reliques, they are much altered by Shakespeare, and it is his version we sing in the nursery. [back]
 

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