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lago. Lend me a garter: So.-0, for a chair, SCENE II.-A Bedchamber : DESDEMONA in To bear him easily hence !

Bed usleep.-A. Light burning.
Bian. Alas, he faints :-0 Cassio ! Cassio !

Iago. Gentlemen all, I do suspect this trash
To be a party in this injury.

Oth. It is the cause, it is the cause, my Patience awhile, good Cassio.-Come, come;

soul,Lend me a light.-Know we this face, or no?

Let me not name it to yon, you chaste stars! Alas! my friend, and my dear countryman,

It is the cause. Yet I'll not shed her blood; Roderigo? no:-Yes, sure; O heaven, Rod-Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow,

And smooth as monumental alabaster,
Gra. What, of Venice?

(Takes off his Suord. lago. Even he, Sir; did you know him ?

Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men. Gru. Know him? ay.

Put out the light, and then put out the light :* lugo. Signior Gratiano? I cry you gentle If I quench thee, thou flaming minister, pardon;

(ners, Should I repent ine :—but once put out thine, These bloody accidents must excuse my man. That so neglected you.

Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature, Gru. I am glad to see you.

I know not where is that Promethean heat, Jugo. How do you, Cassio ?-0, a chair, a

That can thy light relume. When I have chair!

pluck'd thy rose, Gra. Roderigo!

I cannot give it vital life again, lugo. He, he, 'tis he:-0), that's well said; It needs must wither :-I'll smell it on the - the chair:

tree. [A Chair brought in.

(Kissing her. Some good man bear him carefully

from hence; Justice to break her sword !-One more, one

balmy breath, that dost almost persuade l'll fetch the general's surgeon.-For you, mistress,


[To Bianca. Save you your labour. He that lies slain here, Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill Cassio,

thee, Was my dear friend: What malice was be- And love thee after :-One more, and this the tween you?

last: Cas. None in the woild; nor do I know the So sweet was ne'er so fatal. I must weep,

But they are cruel tears: This sorrow's heavlago. (To Bian.) What, look you pale ?—

enly; o, bear him out o'the air.

It strikes, where it doth love. She wakes

Des. Who's there? Othello? (Cas, and Rod. are borne off. Stay you, good gentlemen :--Look you pale,

Oth. Ay, Desdemona. mistress ?

Des. Will you come to bed, my lord ? Do you perceive the gastness of her eye?

Oth. Have you pray'd to-night, Desdemona? Nay, if you stare, we shall bear more anon :

Des. Ay, my lord. Behold her well; I pray you, look upon her;

Oih. If you bethink yourself of any crime, Do you see, gentlemen? nay, guiltiness will Unreconcil'd as yet to heaven and grace, Though tongues were out of use. [speak,

Solicit for it straight.

Des. Alas, my lord, what may you mean by Enter EMILIA.

that ? Emil. ’Las, what's the matter ; what's the

Oth. Well, do it, and be brief; I will walk

by : matter, busband? Iago. Cassio hath here been set on in the Non-Heaven forfend! - I would not kill thy

I would not kill thy unprepared spirit; dark,

soul. By Roderigo, and fellows that are scap’d; He's almost slain, and Roderigo dead.

Des. Talk you of killing?
Emil. las, good gentleman! alas, good

Oth. Ay, I do.
Cassio !

Des. Then, heaven

Have mercy op me! Iago. This is the fruit of whoring.–Pr'y

Oth. Amen, with all my heart ! thee, Emilia, Go know of Cassio where he supp'd to

Des. If you say so, I hope you will not kiil night:What, do you shake at that?

Oth. Humph! Bian. He supp'd at my house, but I ther.:

Des. And yet I fear you: for you are fatal fore shake not.

then, lago. O, did he so? I charge you, go with When your eyes roll so: Why I should fear, I Emil. Fie, fie upon thee, strumpet!

Since guiltiness I know not; but yet, I feel,

I fear.
Bian. I am no strumpet; but of life as ho-
As you that thus abuse me.

Oth. Think on thy sins.

(nest, Emil. As I? fob! fie upon thee!

Des. They are loves I bear to you. Iugo. Kind gentlemen, let's go see poor Cas

Oth. Ay, and for that thou diest, sio dress'd :


Des. That death's uunatural, that kills for Come, mistress, you must tell us another Alas, why gnaw you so your nether lip?

loving:Emilia, run you to the citadel, And tell my lord and lady what has happ'd.— These are portents; but yet, I hope, I hope,

Some bloody passion shakes your very frame : Will you go on, I pray ?–This is the night,

They do not point on me.

[Aside. That either makes me, or fordoes* me quite.

Oth. Peace, and be still!

Des. I will so: What's the matter?

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Oth. That handkerchief, which I so lov’d, Still as the grave. Shall she come in? Were and gave thee,

good ?

[best Thou gav'st to Cassio.

I think, she stirs again :-No.- What's the Des. No, by my life and soul;

If she come in, she'll sure speak to my wife : Send for the man, and ask him.

My wife! my wife ! what wife? I have no Oth, Sweet soul, take heed,


wife : Take heed of perjury ; thou'rt on thy death-0, insupportable! O heavy hour! Des. Ay, but not yet to die.

Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse Oth. Yes, presently:

Of sun and moon; and that the affrighted Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin ; Should yawn at alteration.

(globe For to deny each article with oath, [tion, Emil. [Within.) I do beseech you way Cannot remove, nor choke, the strong concep

speak with you, That I do groan withal. Thou art tu die. 0, good my lord! Des. Then, Lord have mercy on me!

Oth. I had forgot thee: 0, come in, EmiOth. I say, amen.


{draw.Des. And have yon mercy too!-I never did Soft,-by and by :-Let me the curtains Offend you in my life; never lov'd Cassio,

Where art thou? What's the matter with thee But with such general warranty of heaven

now ?

(Unlocks the door. As I might love: I never gave hin, token. Oth. By heaven, I saw my haodkerchief in

Enter EMILIA. his hand. O perjur'd woman! thou dost stone my heart, Emil. O, good my lord, yonder's foul murAnd mak'st me call, what I intend to do,

der done. A murder, which I thought a sacrifice:*

Oth. What? now? I saw the randkerchief.

Emil. But now, my lord. Des. He found it then;

Oth. It is the very error of the moon; I never gave it him .-Send for hím bither, She comes more near the earth than she was And let him confess a truth.

And makes meo mad.

(wont; Oth, He hath confess'd.

Emil. Cassio, my lord, has kill'd a young Des. What, my lord ?

Venetian, Oth. That he hath-us'd thee.

Call’d-Roderigo. Des. How? unlawfully?

Oth. Roderigo kill'd! Oth. Ay:

And Cassio kill'd? Des. He'll not say so.

Emil. No, Cassio is not kill'd. Oth. No, his mouth is stopp'd ;

Oth. Not Cassio kill'd? Then murder's out Honest lago hath ta'en order for't.t

of tune, Des. My fear interprets then,- What, is he And sweet revenge grows harsh. dead?

Des. O, falsely, falsely murder'd! Oth. Had all his hairs been lives, my great Emil. Alas! what cry is that? revenge

Oth. That! what? Had stomach for them all.

Emil. Qut, aird alas! that was my lady's Des. Alas! he is betray'd, and I undone.

voice: Oth. Out, strumpet! Weep'st thou for him Help! help, ho! help!- lady, speak again! to iny face?

Sweet Desdcmuna! O, sweet mistress, speak! Des. O, banish me, my lord, but kill me Des. A guiltless death I die. not.

Emil. (), who hath done
Oth. Down, strumpet!

This deed ?
Des. Kill me to.morrow, let me live to-night. Des. Nobody ; I myself; farewell :
Oth. Nay, if you strive,

Commend me to my kind lord; 0, farewell.
Des. But half an hour.
Oth. Being done,

Oth. Why, how should she be murder'd? There is no pause.

Emil. Alas, who knows? Des. But while I say one prayer.

Oth. You heard her say herself, it was not l. Oth. It is too late. [He smothers her. Emil. She said so; I must needs report the Emil. [Within.) My lord, my lord! what,

truth. ho! my lord ! my lord !

Oth. She's, like a liar, gone to burning hell; Oth. What noise is this?-Not dead! not yet 'Twas I that kill'd her. quite dead ?

Emil. O, the more angel she, I, that am cruel, am yet merciful;

And you the blacker devil! I would not have thee linger in thy pain.- Oth. She turn’d to folly, and she was a So, so..

whore. Emil. [Within.] What ho! my lord, my Emil. Thou dost belie her, and thou art 2 lord !

devil. Oth. Who's there?

Oth. She was false as water. Ernil. [Within.] 0, good my lord, I would Emil. Thou art rash as fire, to say speak a word with you.

That she

was false ; 0, she was heavenly true Olh. Yes ;-'tis Emilia :-by and by.-She's Oth. Cassio did tup her; ask thy husband dead.

else. 'Tis like she comes to speak of Cassio's death: 0, I were damn'd beneath all depth in hell, The noise was high.-Ha! no more moving ? But that I did proceed upon just grounds

To this extremity; Thy husband knew it all. * A sacrifice atoning for thy crime.

Emil. My husband ?

Oth. Thy husband. 1 It is supposed that some theatrical direction has hein Emil. That she was false to wedlock! omitted, and that, when Othello says, “ So, so," he then Oth. Ay, with Cassio,

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I thought so then;-I'll kill myself for grief.-
I'd not have sold her for it.

O villany, villany!
Emil. My husband ?

lago. What, are you mad? I charge you, get Oth. Ay, 'twas he that told me first;

you home. An honest man he is, and bates the slime Emil. Good gentlemen, let me have leave to That sticks on filthy deeds.

speak; Emil. My husband?

'Tis proper I obey him, but not now :Oth. What needs this iterance,t woman? I Perchance, lago, I will ne'er go home. say, thy husband.

Oth. O!0!0! [Hanging over his wife. Emil. o mistress, villany hath made mocks Emil. Nay, lay thee down, and roar; with love !

For thou hast kill'd the sweetest innocent,
My husband say, that she was false ?

That e'er did lift up eye.
Oth. He, woman;

Oth. O, she was foul !

[Rising. I say, thy husband: Dost understand the word? I scarce did know you, uncle: There lies your My friend, thy husband, honest, honest Iago.

niece, Emil. If he say so, may his pernicious soul Whose breath, indeed, these hands have newRot half a grain a day! he lies to the heart;

ly stopp'd: She was too fond of her most filthy bargain. I know, this act shows horrible and grim. Oth. Ha!

Gra. Poor Desdemona! I am glad thy faEmil. Do thy worst :

ther's dead; This deed of thine is no more worthy heaven, Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief Than thou wast worthy her.

Shore his old thread in twain : did he live now, Oth. Peace, you were best.

This sight would make him do a desperate turn,
Emil. Thou hast not half the power to do Yea, curse bis better angel from his side,
me barm,

And fall to reprobation.
As I have to be hurt. O gull! O dolt! Oth. 'Tis pitiful: but yet Iago knows,
As ignorant as dirt! thou hast done a deed, That she with Cassio hath the act of shame
I care not for thy sword; I'll make thee A thousand times committed ; Cassio con-

fess'd it:
Though I lost twenty lives :-Help! help, ho! And she did gratify his amorous works

With that recognizance and pledge of love The Moor has kill'd my mistress; Murder! Which I first gave her ; I saw it in his hand; murder !

It was a handkerchief, an antique token

My father gave my mother.
Enter MONTANO, GRATIANO, and lago. Emil. O heaven! O heavenly powers!
Mon. What is the matter?--How now, ge- lago. Come, hold your peace.

Emil. 'Twill out, 'twill out;-I hold my
Emil. O, are you come, lago? you have done peace, Sir? no ;

No, I will speak as liberal* as the air; That men must lay their murders on your Let heaven, and men, and devils, let them all, neck.

All, all, cry shame against me, yet l'll speak. Gra. What is the matter ?

lago. Be wise, and get you home. Emil. Disprove this villain, if thou be'st a Emil. I will not.

[Iago offers to stab his Wife.
He says, thou told'st him that his wife was Gru. Fie!

Your sword upon a woman?
I know, thou didst not, thou’rt not such a vil- Emil. ( thou dull Moor! that handkerchief
Speak, for my heart is full.


thou speak'st of,
lago. I told him what I thought; and told I found by fortune, and did give my husband;

For often, with a solemn earnestness,
Than what he found himself was apt and true. (More than, iudeed, belong'd to such a trifle,)
Emil. But did you ever tell him, she was He begg'd of me to steal it.

Iago. Villanous whore!
Iago. I did.

Emil. She gave it Cassio! no, alas; I found
Emil. You told a lie; an odious, damned lie; And I did give't my husband.

[it, Upon my soul, a lie; a wicked lie:

lago. Filth, thou liest. She false with Cassio ?--Did you say, with Emil. By heaven, I do not; I do not, genCassio?

tlemen :
Iugo. With Cassio, mistress; Go to, charm o murd'rous coxcomb! what should such a
your tongue.

Emil. I will not charm my tongue; I am Do with so good a wife?
bound to speak;

(lago stnbs Emilia, then runs out.
My mistress here lies murder'd in her bed. Oth. Are there no stones in heaven,
Au. O heavens forfend!

But what serve for the thunder?-Precious Emil. And your reports have set the murder

villain! on.

Gra. The woman falls; sure, he has kill'd Oth. Nay, stare not, masters; it is true, in

his wife. deed.

Emil. Ay, ay; 0, lay me by my mistress' Gra. "Tis a strange truth.

Mon. O monstrous act!

Gra. He's gone, but his wife's kill'd.
Emil. Villany, villany, villany!-

Mon. 'Tis a notorious villain. Take you this
I think upon't, -I think, -I smellt;-0 vil-

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Which I have here recover'd from the Moor:

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But kill bim rather; I'll after that same vil- Oth. I am not sorry neither; I'd have thee lain,

live; For 'ois a damned slave.

For, in my sense, 'tis happiness to die. (Exeunt MONTANO and GRATIANO. Lod. O thou Othello, that was once so good, Oth. I am not valiant neither,

Fall’n in the practice of a cursed slave, But every puny whipster gets my sword :- What shall be said to thee? But why should hopour outlive honesty? Oth. Why, any thing: Let it go all.

An honourable murderer, if you will; Emil. What did thy song bode, lady? For nought I did in bate, but all in honour. Hark, canst thou hear me? I will play the Lod. This wretch bath' in part confess'd bis swan,

villany: And die in music;— Willow, willow, willow.- Did you and be consent in Cassio's death! Moor, she was chaste; she lov'd thee, cruel

Oth. Ay.

Cas. Dear general, I never gave you cause. So come my soul to bliss, as I speak true; Oth. I do believe it, and I ask your pardon. So speaking as I think, I die.--I die. [Dies. Will you, I pray you, demand that demi-devil,

oth. I have another weapon in this chamber, Why he hath thus ensnar'd my soul and body? It is a sword of Spain, the ice-brook's tem- lugo. Demand me nothing: What you know,

you know: O, here it is :-Uncle, I must come forth. From this time forth I never will speak word. Gra. [Within.) If thou attempt it, it will Lod. What? not to pray? cost thee dear;

Gra. Torments will ope your lips. Thou hast no weapon, and perforce must suffer. Oth. Well, thou dost best. Oth. Look in upon me then, and speak with Lod. Sir, you shall understand what hath me,

befall’n, Or, naked as I am, I will assault thee. Which, as I think, you know not: Here is a

letter, Re-enter GRATIANO.

Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo; Gra. What's the matter?

And here, another : the one of them imports Oth. Behold! I have a weapon;

The death of Cassio to be undertook A better never did itself sustain

By Roderigo. Upon a soldier's thigh: I have seen the day, Uch. O villain! That, with this little

arm, and this good sword, Cas. Most heathenish, and most gross ! I bave made my way through more impedi- Lod. Now here's another discontented paper, ments

Found in his pocket too; and this, it seems, Than twenty times your stop:-But, О vain Roderigo meant to have sent this damned vil.

boast ! Who can control his fate? 'tis not so now.- But that, belíke, lago in the interim Be not afraid, though you do see me weapon’d; Came in and satisfied him. Here is my journey's end, here is my butt, Oth. O the pernicious caitiffAnd very sea-mark of my utmost sail. How came you, Cassio, by that handkerchief Do you go back dismay'd ? 'tis a lost fear; That was my wife's? Man but a rush against Othello's breast, Cas. I found it in my chamber : And he retires :- Where should Othello go?- And he himself confess'd, but even now, Now, how dost thou look now? O ill-starr'a That there he dropp'd it, for a special purpose, wench!

Which wrought to his desire. Pale as thy smock! when we shall meet at Oth. ( fool! fool! fool ! compt,t

(ven, Cas. There is, besides, in Roderigo's letThis look of thine will hurl my soul from bea

ter, And fiends will snatch at it. Cold, cold, my How he upbraids Iago, that he made him girl?

Brave me on the watch; whereon it came Even like tlly chastity:

That I was cast: and even but now he spake, O cursed, cursed slave!-Whip me, ye devils, After long seeming dead,-Iago hurt him, From the possession of this heavenly sight! Iago set him on. Blow me abont in winds! roast me in sulphur! Lod. You must forsake this room, and go Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire !

with us; O Desdemona! Desdemona! dead ?

Your power and your command is taken off, Dead? O!0! O!

And Cassio rules in Cyprus. For this slave Enter LODOVICO, Montano, Cassio, carried in that can torment him much, and bold him

If there be any cunning cruelty, a Chair, and Officers, with Iago, prisoner.

long, Lod. Where is this rash and most unfortun-It shall be his : You shall close prisoner rest, ate man?

Till that the nature of your fault be known Oth. That's he, that was Othello; bere I To the Venetian state:- Come, bring him

away. Lod. Where is that viper? bring the villain

Oth. Soft you; a word or two, before you forth.

go. Oth. I look down towards his feet;t-but I have done the state some service, and they that's a fable :

know it; If that thou be’st a devil, I cannot kill thee.

No more of that:- I pray you, in your letters, [OTHELLO wounds lago. When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Lod. Wrench his sword from him.

Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, lago. I bleed, Sir; but not kill'd.

Nor set down aught in malice: then must you

speak Steel is hardened by being put red-hot into very cold of one, that lov'd not wisely, but too well; † Account. To see if his feet be cloven.

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Of one, not easily jealous, but, being wrought, Cas. This did I fear, bat thought he had no Perplex'd in the extreme; of one, whose hand,

weapon ; Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away, For he was great of heart. Richer than all his tribe; of one, whose sub- Lod. O Spartan dog, du'd eyes,

More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea ! Albeit unused to the melting mood,

Look on the tragic loading of this bed ; Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees

[To lago. Their medicínal gum: Set you down this: This is thy work : the object poisons sight;And say, besides,--that in Aleppo once, Let it be hid.-Gratiano, keep the house, Where a malignant and a turban'a Turk And seize upon the fortunes of the Moor, Beat a Venetian, and traduc'd the state, For they succeed to you.—To you, lord goverI took by the throat the circumcised dog,

nor, And smote him-thus. (Stabs himself. Remains the censure of this hellish villain; Lod. O bloody period !

The time, the place, the torture,-0 enforce Gra. All, that's spoke, is marr'd. Oth. I kiss'd thee, ere I kill'd thee ;-No Myself will straight aboard; and, to the state, way but this,

This heavy act with heavy heart relate. {Falling upon DESDEMONA.

(Ereunt. Killing myself, to die upon a kiss. [Dies.




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