"A Divided Duty"
Context: Desdemona, daughter of a Venetian senator, Brabantio, elopes with a Moor, Othello, a military commander in the service of Venice. Her father, incensed, brings his grievance and Othello before the duke who is sitting late in council. The senator accuses Othello of using charms, potions, magic, and witchcraft in his courtship. Othello denies the charges and sends for his bride. He then relates to the duke, Brabantio, and the council how he courted the lady. He concludes as Desdemona arrives. Brabantio immediately puts her to a test: to choose "in all this noble company where most you owe obedience."
DESDEMONAMy noble father,I do perceive here a divided duty.To you I am bound for life and education;My life and education both do learn meHow to respect you; you are the lord of duty,I am hitherto your daughter. But here's my husband;And so much duty as my mother showedTo you, preferring you before her father,So much I challenge that I may professDue to the Moor my lord.