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And, on the proof, there is no more but this, Oth.

Farewell, farewell. Away at once with love, or jealousy.

If more thon dost perceive, let me know more; lago. I am glad of this, for now I shall Set on thy wife to observe: Leave me, Iago. have reason

Iago. My lord, I take my leave. (Going. To show the love and duty that I bear you Oth. Why did I marry?

- This honest creaWith franker spirit: therefore, as I am bound, ture, doubtless,

[unfolds. Receive it from me:-I speak not yet of Sees and knows more, much more, than he proof.

(Cassio; lago. My lord, I would I might entreat Look to your wife; observe her well with

your honour
Wear your eye-thus, not jealous, nor secure; To scan this thing no further; leave it to time:
I would not have your free and noble nature, And, though it be fit that Cassio have his place,
Out of self-bounty, be abused ; look to't: (For, sure, he fills it up with great ability,)
I know our country disposition well;

Yet, if you please to hold him off a while,
In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks You shall by that perceive him and his means :
They dare not show their husbands; their best Note if your lady strain bis entertainment 8

With any strong or vehement opportunity;
Is-aprut to leave undone, but keep unknown. Much will be seen in that. In the mean time,
Oth. Dost thou say so?

(you; Let me be thought too busy in my fears,
lago. She did deceive her father, marrying (As worthy cause I have, to fear-I am,)
And, when she seem'd to shake, and fear your and hold her free, I do beseech your honour.
She loved them most.

(looks, Oth. Fear not my government.
And so she did.

Iago. I once more take my leave. (Exit.

Why, go to, then; oth. This fellow's of exceeding honesty, She that, so young, could give out such a And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, seeming

Of human dealings : If I do prove her hag. To seel + her father seyes up, close as oak,

gard II,

(strings, He thought, 'twas witchcraft:—But I am Though that her jesses I were my dear heart much to blame;

I'd whistle her off, and let her down the wind, Ibumbly do beseech you of your pardon, To prey at fortune. Haply, for I am black ; For too much loving you.

And have not those soft parts of conversation

I am bound to toee for ever. That chamberers ** ve :-Or, for I am de.
lago. I see, this hath a little dash'd your clined
Oth. Not a jot, not a jot. (spirits. Into the vale of years ;-yet that's not much; -

Trust me, I fear it has. She's gone; I am abused; and my relief
I hope, you will consider, what is spoke Must be--to loath her. O curse of marriage,
Comes from my love ;--But, I do see you are That we can call these delicate creatures ours,
moved :-

And not their appetites ! I had rather be a toad,
I am to pray you, not to strain my speech And live upon the vapour of a dungeon,
To grosser issues I, nor to larger reach, Than keep a corner in the thing I love
Than to suspicion.

-For others' uses. Yet, 'tis the plague of great
Oth. I will not.


Should you do so, my lord, Prerogatived are they less than the base;
My speech should fall in such vile success 'Tis destiny unshunnable, like death ;
As my thoughts aim not at. Cassio's my worthy Even then this forked plague is fated to us,
My lord, I see you are moved. [friend :- When

we do quicken tt. Desdemona comes : Oth,

No, not much moved :- Enter DESDEMONA and EMILIA. I do not think but Desdemona's honest. If she be false, O then heaven mocks itself! lago. Long live she so! and long live you I'll not believe it. to think so!

(itselt,- Des.

How now, my dear Othello?
Oth. And yet, how nature erring from Your dinner, and the generous islanders
lago. Ay, there's the point :-As,-to be By you invited, do attend your presence.
bold with you,

Oth. I am to blame.
Not to affect many proposed matches,

Des. Why is your speech so faint ? are you
Of her own clime, complexion, and degree;

not well?
Whereto, we see, in all things nature tends : Oth. I have a pain upon my forehead here.
Foh! one may smell, in such, a will most rank, Des. Faith, that's with watching ; 'twill
Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural.-

away again :
But pardon me; I do not, in position, Let me but bind it hard, within this hour
Distinctly speak of her: though I may fear, It will be well.
Her will, recoiling to her better judginent, Oth.

Your napkin #1 is too little ;
May fall to match you with her country forms, [He puts the Handkerchief from him,
And (happily) repent.

? and it drops. * Appearance. + An expression from falconry: to seel a hawk is to sew up his eye-lids. I Conclusions.

Press bard his re-admission to his pay and office. || A species of hawk, also a term of reproach applied to a wanton. 9 Straps of leather by which a hawk is held on the fist. ** Men of intrigue. # When we begin to live. # In the north of England this term for a handkerchief is still used.

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for you.

Let it alone, ,, Come, I'll go in with you.


Ha! ha! false to me! Des. I am very sorry that you are not well. To me?

[Exeunt Oth. and Des. lago. Why, bow now, general ? no more Emil. I am glad I have found this napkin: of that.

[on the rack:This was her first remembrance from the Oth. Avaunt! be gone! thou hast set me Moor:

I swear, 'tis beiter to be much abused,
My wayward husband hath a hundred times Than but to know't a little.
Woo'd me to steal it, but she so loves the Iago.

How now, my lord ! token,

oth. What sense had I of her stolen hours (For he conjured her, she would ever keep it,) of lust? That she reserves it evermore about her, I saw it not, thought it not; it harm'd not me: To kiss and talk to. I'll have the work ta’en I slept the next night well, was free and merry; And give it Iago:

(out, I found not Cassio's kisses on her lips: What he'll do with it, heaven knows, not I; He that is robb’d, not wanting what is stolen, I nothing but to please his fantasy.

Let him not know it, aud he's not robb’d at all. Enter Iaco.

Iago. I am sorry to hear this. lago. How now! what do you here alone? Oih. I had been happy, if the general camp, Emil. Do not you chide; I have a thing Pioneers ♡ and all, had tasted her sweet body,

[thing. So I had nothing known: O now, for ever, Iago. A thing for me?-it is a common Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content! Emil. Ha!

Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars, lago. To have a foolish wife.

That make ambition virtue! O, farewell! Emil. O, is that all? What will you give Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill me now

truinp, For that same handkerchief !

The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife, Iago.

What handkerchief? The royal banner; and all quality, (war! Emil. What handkerchief!

Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious Why, that the Moor first gave to Desdemona; And O, you mortal engines, whose rode throats That which so often you did bid me steal. The immortal Jove's dread clamours counIago. Hast stolen it from her?

terfeit, Emil, No, faith : she let it drop by neg. Farewell! Othello's occupation's gone! ligence ;

[up. Iago. Is it possible?- My lord, And, to the advantage, I, being here, took't Oth, Villain, be sure thou prove my love a Look, here it is.

whore; lago.

A good wench; give it me. Be sure of it'; give me the ocalar proof; Emil. What will you do with it, that you

°[Taking him by the Throat. have been so earnest

Or, by the worth of mine eternal sonl, To have me filch it?

Thou hadst been better have been born a dog, lago,

Why, what'sthat to you ? Than answer my waked wrath.
[Snatching it. lago.

Is it come to this? Emil. If it be' not for some purpose of Oth. Make me see it; or (at the least) so import,

prove it, Give it me again: Poor' lady! she'll run mad That the probation bear no hinge, nor loop, When she sball lack it.

To hang a doubt on: or woe upon thy life! Iago. Be not you known of't* ; I have use lago. My noble lord,

(me, for it.

oth. If thou dost slander her, and torure Go, leave me.

[Exit Emilia. Never pray more, abandon all remursell ; I will in Cassio's lodging lose thiş napkin, On horror's head horrors accumulate : And let him find it: Trifles, light as air, Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth Are, to the jealous, confirmations strong

amazed, As proofs of holy writ. This may do some. For nothing canst thou to damnation add

. The Moor already changes with my poison: Iago. ( grace! O heaven defend me! Dangerous conceits are, in their natures, poi. Are you a man?' have you a soul or sense ?sons,

[taste; God be wi' you; take mine office.-0, Which, at the first, are scarce found to dis- wretched fool, But, with a little act upon the blood,

That livest to make thine honesty a vice !Burn like the mines of sulphur.-I did say so: O monstrous world! Take note, take note, Enter OTHELLO.

O world, Look, where he comes ! Not poppy, nor To be direct and honest is not safe.mandragorat,

I thank you for this profit; and from hence Nor all the drowsy syrnps of the world, I'll love no friend, since love breeds soch Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep

offence. Which thou ow'dst 1 yesterday.

Oth. Nay, stay :-Thou shouldst be honest. • Seem as if you knew nothing of the matter. # The mandrake has a soporific quality. • Possessedst. . The vilest of the camp. Pioneers were generally dégraded soldiers.

| An tenderness, all pity.


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my lord ?

lago. I should be wise; for honesty's a She may be honest yet. Teil me but this ; And loses that it works for.

tool, Have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief, Oth.

- By the world, Spottest with strawberries, in your wife's I think my wife' be honest, and think she is hand?

{first gift. not;

[not; Oth. I gave her such a one ; 'twas my I think that thou art jast, and think thou art lago. I know not that ; but 'such a hand. I'n þave some proof: Her name, that was as kerchief, fresh

(I am sure it was your wife's, did I to-day As Dian's visage, is now begrim'd and black See Cassio wipe his beard with. As miue own face.--If there be cords, or Oth.

If it be that, knives,

lago. If it be that, or any that was hers, Poison, or fire, or suffocating streams, It speaks against her with the other proofs. I'll not endure 't.-Would I were satisfied ! Oth. O, that the slave had forty thousand lago. I see, sir, you are eaten up with


lives; I do repent me that I put it to you. [sion: One is too poor, too weak for my revenge! You would be satistied,

Now do I see 'tis true. Look here, lago; Oth.

Would? nay, I will. All my fond love thus I do blow to heaven: lago. And may: but how? how satisfied, 'Tis gone.

Arise, black vengeance, from thy hollow cell ! Would you, the supervisor, grossly gape on? Yield up, O love, thy crown, and hearted Behold her tupp'u?

throne is Oth.

Death and damnation! 0! To tyrannons hate! swell, bosom, with thy lugo. It were a tedious difficulty, I think, For 'tis of aspicks' tongues ! (fraught ý, To bring them to that prospect: Damn them Iago. Pray, be content. If ever mortal eyes do see them bolster, (then, Oth.

O, blood, Iago, blood! More than their own? What then? how then? Iugo. Patience, I say; your mind, perhaps, What shall I say? Where's satisfaction?

inay change. It is impossible you should see this, [keys, Oth. Never, lago. Like to the Pontic sea, Were they as prime as goats, as hot as mon. Whose icy current and compulsive course As salt as wolves in pride, and fools as gross Ne'er feels retiring ebb, but keeps due on As ignorance made drunk. But

yet, I

say, To the Propontie, and the Hellespont; If imputation and strong circumstances, Even so my bloody thoughts, with violent pace Which lead directly to the door of truth, Shall ne'er look back, ne'er ebb to humble love Will give you satisfaction, you may have it. Till that a capable || and wide revenge

Oth. Give me a living* reason she's dis- Swallow them up.-Now, by yond' marble

Iago. I do not like the office : [loyal. heaven,
But sitht I am entered in this cause so far, In the due reverence of a sacred vow
Prick'd to it by foolish honesty and love,

I will go on. I lay with Cassio lately, I here engage my words.
And, being troubled with a raging tooth, Iago. Do not rise yet. [Kneels.
I could not sleep.

Witness, you ever-burning lights above! There are a kind of men so loose of soul, Yon elements that clip fus round about! That in their sleeps will mutter their affairs ; Witness, that here Iago doth give up One of this kind is Cassio :

The execution of his wit, hands, heart,[mand, In sleep I heard him say, Sweet Desdemona, To wrong’d Othello's service! let him comLet us be wary, let us hide our loves ! ·And to obey shall be in me remorse **, And then, sir, would he gripe, and wring my What bloody work soever. hand,

(hard, Oth. I greet thy love, [bounteous, Cry, 0, sweet creature! and theu kiss me Not with vain thanks, but with acceptance As if he pluck'd up kisses by the roots, And will upon the instant put thee to't : That grew upon my lips: then laid his leg Within these three days let me hear thee say, Over my thigh, and sigh’d, and kiss'd; and | That Cassio's not alive. then

[Voor! lago. My friend is dead ; 'tis done, at your Cry'd, Cursed fute! that gave thee to the But let her live.

[request : Oth. O monstrous! monstrous !

Oth. Damn her, lewd minx ! O, damn her! lago. Nay, this was but his dream. Come, go with me apart; I will withdraw, Oth. But this denoted a foregone conclu. To furnish me with some swift means of death sion;

[dream. For the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant. 'Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a lago. I am your own for ever, [Ereunt. jago. And this may help to thicken other

SCENE IV. The same. That do demonstrate thinly.

(proofs, Oth.

I'll tear her all to pieces. Enter DESDEMONA, Emilia, and Clown. Iugo. Nay, but be wise : yet we see nothing Des. Do you know, sirrah, where lieutedone;

nant Cassio lies? • Speaking, manifest. † Since.

| The heart on which thou wast enthronedi Ś Freight, load. Capacious. | Embrace. ** Not of malice to others, but of tenderness for him.


Clo. I dare not say, he lies any where. Des.

I have it not about me. Des. Why, man?

Oth. Not ? (lo. He is a soldier ; and for me to say a Des.

No, indeed, my lord. soldier lies, is stabbing.


That is a fault; Des. Go to; Where lodges he?

That handkerchief Clo. To tell you where he lodges, is to tell Did an Egyptian to my mother give; you where I lie.

She was a charmer 1, and could almost read Des. Can any thing be made of this ? The thonghts of people: she told her, while Clo. I know not where he lodges; and for she kept it,

(father me to devise a lodging, and say–he lies here, Twould make her amiable, and subdue my or be lies there, were to lie in my own throat. Entirely to her love: but if she lost it,

Des. Can you inquire him out, and be edi. Or made a gift of it, my father's eye. fied by report?

Should hold her loathly, and his spirits should Clo. I will catechize the world for him ;

bunt tbat is, make questions, and by them answer, After new fancies : She, dying, gave it me;

Des. Seek him, bid him come hither : tell And bid me, when my fate would have me him, I have moved my lord in his behalf, and wive, hope, all will be well.

To give it ber. I did so: and take heed of't, Clo. To do this, is within the compass of Make it a darling like your precious eye: man's wit; and therefore I will attempt the To lose or givt away, were such perdition, doing it.

Erit. As nothing else could match. Des. Where should I lose that handker


Is it possible? [it: chief, Emilia?

Oth. 'Tis true: there's magic in the web of Emil. I know not, madam.

A sibyl, that had number'd in the world Des. Believe me, I had rather have lost my The sun to make two hundred compasses, purse

In her prophetic fury sew'd the work : (silk; Fall of cruzadoes *. And, but my noble Moor The worms were hallow'd, that did breed the Is true of mind, and made of no such baseness And it was dy'd in mummy, which the skilful As jealous creatures are, it were enough Conserved of maidens' hearts. To put him to ill-thinking,


Indeed! is't true? Emi

Is he not jealous ? Oth. Most veritable; therefore look to't well. Des. Who, he! I think, the sun, where he Des. Then 'would to heaven, that I had newas born,

Oth, Ha! wherefore?

(ver seen it. Drew all such humours from him.

Des. Why do you speak so startingly and Emil. Look where he comes. rash ?

[the way? Des. I will not leave him now, till Cassio Oth. Is't lost? is't gone? speak, is it out of Be call'd to him.-How is't with you, my lord. Des. Heaven bless us ! Enter OrHello,


Say you? Oth. Well, my good lady :-[Aside.] 0, Des. It is not lost; But what an if it were? hardness to dissemble !

Oth. Hal
How do you, Desdemona ?

Des. I it is not lost.
Well, my good lord. Oth.

Fetch't, let me see it. Oth. Give me your hand : This hand is Des. Why, so I can, sir, but I will not now; moist, my lady.

[sorrow. This is a trick, to put me from my suit ; Des. It yet has felt no age, nor known no I pray, let Cassio be received again. Oth. This argues fruitfulness, and liberal Oth. Fetch me that handkerchief: my mind (quires Des. Come, come;

[inisgives. Hot, hot, and moist : This band of yours re. You'll never meet a more sufficient man. A sequester from liberty, fasting and prayer, Oth. The handkerchief,-Much castigation t, exercise devout ;



pray, talk me of Cassio. For here's a young and sweating devil here, Oth. The handkerchief, That commonly rebels. 'Tis a good hand, Des.

A man that, all his time, A frank one.

Hath founded his good fortune on your love; Des.

You may, indeed, say so : Shared dangers with you ;For 'twas that hand that gave away my heart, Oth.

The handkerchief,-Oth. A liberal hand: The hearts of old

Des. In sooth, gave hands;

You are to blame. But our new heraldry is-hands, not hearts. Oth.


{Exit OTHELLO, Des. I cannot speak of this. Come now Emil.

Is not this man jealous ? Oth. What promise, chuck ?[your proniise. Des. I ne'er saw this before. Des. I have sent to bid Cassio come speak Sure, there's some wonder in this handker.

(me; I am most unbappy in the loss of it. (chief : Oth. I have a salt and sollen rheum offends

Emil. 'Tis not a year or two shows us a Lend me thy handkerchief.

(food; Des. Here, my lorri.

They are all but stomachs, and we all hut Oth. That which I gave you.

They eat us hungerly, and when they are full, * A Portuguese coin. + Penance, discipline. # Enchantress. s Vehement, violent.



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They belch us. Look you! Cassio, and my Des. Alas, the day? I never gave him cause.

Emil. But jealous souls will not be answered
Enter Iago and Cassio.

They are not ever jealous for the cause, [80;
Iago. There is no other way; 'tis she must But jealous for they are jealous : 'tis a monster,

[her. Begot upon itself, born on itself. And, lo, the happiness! go, and importune Des. Heaven keep that monster from Des. How now? good Cassio? what's the Othello's mind! news with you?

(you ?

Emil. Lady, amen.
Cas. Madam, my former suit: I do beseech Des. I will go seek him.- Cassio walk here.
That, by your virtuous means, I may again

about: Exist, and be a member of his love,

If I do find him fit, I'll move your suit, Whom I, with all the duty of my heart, And seek to effect it to my uttermost. Entirely honour: I would not be delay'd : Cas. I humbly thank your ladyship. If my offence be of such mortal kind,

[Exeunt DESDEMONA and EMILIA. That neither service past, nor present sorrows, Nor purposed merit in futurity,

Enter BIANCA. Can ransojne me into his love again,

Bian. Save you, friend Cassio ! But to know so must be my benefit ;


What make you from home?
So shall I clothe me in a forced content, How is it with you, my most fair Bianca ?
And shut myself up in some other course, l'faith, sweet love, I was coming to your house.
To fortune's alms.

L'ian. And I was going to your lodging,
Alas! thrice-gentle Cassio,


(nights My advocation is not now in tune ; [him, What! keep a week away? seven days and My lord is not my lord; nor should I know Eight score eight hours?" and lovers absent Were he in favour *, as in humour, altera.

hours, So help me, every spirit sanctified,

More tedious than the dial eight score times ?
As I have spoken for you all my best; O weary reckoning!
And stood within the blank f of his displeasure Cas.

Pardon me, Bianca!' For my free speech! You must a while be I have this while with leaden thoughts been patient :

But I shall in a more continuate timell, (press'd;
What I can do, I will; and more I will, Strike off this of absence. Sweet Biança,
Than for myself I dare : let that suffice you. (Giving her DESDEMONA's Handkerchief.
lago. Is iny lord angry?

Take me this work out T.

He went hence but now, Bian. O, Cassio, whence came this?
And, certainly, in strange unquietness. (non, This is some token from a newer friend.
Tago. Can he be angry? I have seen the can. To the felt absence now I feel a cause :
When it hath blown his ranks into the air; Is it come to this? Well, well.
And, like the devil, from his very arm [gry? Cas.

Woman, go to!
Puff'd his own brother ;-And can he be an. Turow your vile guesses in the devil's teeth,
Something of moment, then: I will go meet From whence you have them. You are jealous


[brance : There's matter in't indeed, if he be angry. That this is from some mistress, some rememDes. I prythee, do so.-Something, sure, No, in good troth, Bianca. of state, [Exit Laco. Bian.

Why, whose is it? Either from Venice ; or some unhatch'd prac- Cas. I know not, sweet: I found it in my tice 1,

Made démonstrable here in Cyprus to him, I like the work well; ere it be demanded,
Hath puddled his clear spirit; and, in sach (As like enough, it will,) I'd have it copied :

Take it, and do't; and leave me for this time.
Men's natures wrangle with inferior things, Bian. Leave you! wherefore?
Though great ones are their object. 'Tis even Cas. I do attend here on the general;
For let our finger ache, and it indues [s0; And think it no addition, nor my wish,
Our other healthful members ev'n to that sense To have him see me woman'd.
Of pain : Nay, we must think, men are not Bian.

Why, I pray you?
Nor of them look for such observances (gods; Cas. Not that I love you not.
As fit the bridalz.-Beshrew me much,Emilia, Bian. But that you do not love me,
I was (unhandsome warrior as I am,)

I pray you, bring me ou the way a little;
Arraigning his unkindness with my soul : And say, if I shall see you soon at night.
But now I find, I had suborn'd the witness, Cas. "Tis but a little way, that I can bring
And he's indicted falsely.

For I attend here: but I'll see you soon. (you,
Emil. Pray heaven, it be state matters, as

Bian. 'Tis very good; I must be circum-
you tbink;

(Exeunt. And no conception, nor no jealous toy, Concerning you. . In countenanoe. + Within the shot of his anger. Treason. The nuptial feast. | Time less interrupted. The meaning is not pick out the work, but copy this work in


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