- First official record: revels accounts refer to the play having been performed in November 1604
- First published: version of the play published in quarto in 1622 as The Tragedy of Othello, the Moore of Venice
- First recorded performance: revels accounts indicate the play was performed at Whitehall on 1 November 1604.
SCENE I. Venice. A street.
Enter RODERIGO and IAGORODERIGO
Tush! never tell me; I take it much unkindlyIAGO RODERIGO IAGO
That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse
As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.
Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the city,
In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,
Off-capp'd to him: and, by the faith of man,
I know my price, I am worth no worse a place:
But he; as loving his own pride and purposes,
Evades them, with a bombast circumstance
Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war;
And, in conclusion,
Nonsuits my mediators; for, 'Certes,' says he,
'I have already chose my officer.'