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Juftice herfelf to break her fword!-Once more.-
So fweet was ne'er fo fatal. I must weep,
Oth. Ay, Desdemona.
Def. Will you come to bed, my lord ?
Def. Ay, my lord.
Oth. If you bethink yourself of any crime, Unreconci'd as yet to heaven and grace, Solicit for it ftraight.
Def. Alas, my lord, what may you mean by
Oth. Ay, I do.
Def. Then, heaven
Have mercy on me!
Oth. Amen, with all my heart!
Def. If you fay fo, I hope you will not kill me.
Def. And yet I fear you; for you are fatal then, When your eyes roll fo: Why I should fear, I know not,
Since guiltinefs I know not; but yet, I feel, I fear.
Oth. Think on thy fins.
Def. They are loves I bear to you.
Oth. Ay, and for that thou dy't.
Def. That death's unnatural, that kills for loving.
Oth. Peace, and be ftill!
Def. I will fo: What's the matter?
Oth. That handkerchief, which I fo lov'd, and gave thee,
Thou gav'ft to Caffio.
Def. No, by my life and foul;
Send for the man, and ask him.
Oth. Sweet foul, take heed,
Def. Ay, but not yet to die.
Oth. Yes, prefently:
Therefore confefs thee freely of thy fin;
Cannot remove, nor choak, the strong conception
Def. O, heaven, have mercy on me!
Oh By heaven, 1 faw my handkerchief in his
Def. And have you mercy too I never did
O perjur'd woman! thou dost ftone my heart,
Def. He found it then;
I never gave it him :-Send for him hither,
Oth. He hath confefs'd.
Def. What, my lord?
Orb. That he hath-us'd thee.
Def. He will not fay fo.
Oth. No, his mouth is stopp'd;
Def. O, my fear interprets then,—What, is he
mil. O, good my lord, I would speak a word with you. [dead. Ob. Yestis Emilia :-by and by.-She's 'Tis like, fhe comes to speak of Caffio's death;
Take heed of perjury; thou art on thy death-bed. The noife was high.-Ha¦ no more moving ?,
Still as the grave.--Shall the come in? Were't good?
Of fun and moon; and that the affrighted globe
Emil. I do beseech you I may speak with you.
Oth. I had forgot thee: O, come in, Æmilia Soft, by and by:-Let me the curtains draw.
[ie fmothers ber
1 The meaning is, (fays Dr. Johnson, who adds, that this dreadful fcene is not to be endured "Thou haft harden'd my heart, and make me kill thee with the rage of a murderer, when I thought to have facrificed thee to justice with the calmness of a priest striking a victim." 2 i. c. has taken
Emil. Thou art raih as fire, to fay
O:b. Thy husband.
Emil. That the was falfe to wedlock?
Emil. My husband ?
Oth. Ay, 'twas he that told me first;
An honeft man he is, and hates the flime
Emil. My husband?
Oth. What needs this iteration, woman?
Emil. Do thy worst:
This deed of thine is no more worthy heaven, :-Than thou waft worthy her.
Oth. Peace, you were best.
Emil. Thou haft not half that power to do me harm,
Oth. Ay, with Caffio. Nay, had the been true,
Amil. O miftrefs, villainy hath made mocks with love 3!
My husband fay, that she was false?
1 fay, thy husband; Do'st understand the word?
As I have to be hurt 4. O gull! O dolt!
Enter Montano, Gratian, Iago, and others.
That men muft lay their murders on your neck.
Emil. Difprove this, villain, if thou be'st a man:
Jago. I told him what I thought: and told no more elfe:Than what he found himself was apt and true. Emil. But did you ever tell him, he was falfe? Jago. I did.
Amil. You told a lie: an odious, damned lie; Upon my foul, a lie; a wicked lie:-She falfe with Caffio!-Did you fay, with Caffio ? lago. With Caffio, miftrefs; Go to, charm your tongue 5.
Emil. I will not charm my tongue; I am bound to speak ;
My miftrefs here lies murder'd in her bed.
* Mr. Steevens is of opinion," that fome theatrical direction has been omitted; and that when Othello fays, Not dead ? not yet quite dead ? I, that am cruel, am yet merciful; I would not have thee linger in thy pain: So, fo-he then ftabs her, repeating the two lait words, as he repeats the blow. After a repetition of wounds, Defdemona might fpeak again, with propriety, and yet very foon expire. The first resolution of Othello was to porton her; but from this measure he is diffuaded by the policy of Iago. He is next determined to use the poniard; but, his tenderness awaking, he sannot bear to deform those beauties which he had so often auproached with other fenfations and for different purposes. Therefore, fays he,-I'll not shed her bio d, nor fear that whiter skin of hers than fnow, and fmooth as monumental alabatter: And this refolution we are to imagine he would have kept, but that he was averfe to employing thofe means again, which had already appeared to be uncertain in their effect." 2 As water that will fupport no weight, nor keep any impreffion. 3 Villainy has taken advantage to play upon the weakness of a violent paflion. 4 She means to say, Ihave in this caufe power to endure more than thou haft power to inflict. si. e. Apply fome power, Brong as a charm would be, to your tongue; for nothing lefs can stop its volubility.
Emil Good gentlemen,let me have leave to speak; 'Tis proper 1 obey him, but not now :Perchance, lago, I will ne'er go home.
Oth. O! O! O!
Which I have here recover'd from the Moor: Come, guard the door without; let him not país, But kill him rather: I'll after that fame villain, [Othello looking on his wife. For 'tis a damned slave. [Exeunt Mon. and Gra. Emil. Nay, lay thee down, and roar ; Oth. I am not valiant neither, For thou haft kill'd the fweetest innocent, That e'er did lift up eye.
Qtb. O, he was foul !-
Gra. Poor Desdemona ! I am glad thy father's
Orb. 'Tis pitiful: but yet Iago knows,
Omurd'rous coxcomb! what should fuch a foofDo with so good a wife?
[lago ftabs bis wife, then runs out,
Emil. Ay, ay; O, lay me by my mistress' fide!
No, I will fpeak as liberal as the north;
But every puny whipiter gets my fword :—
Emil. What did thy fong bode, lady?
Oth. I have another weapon in this chamber,
Gra. [within] If thou attempt it, it will coft
A thousand times committed; Caffio confefs'd it; Or, naked as I am, I will affault thee.
Otb. Behold! I have a weapon:
A better never did itself sustain
Amil. O heaven! O heavenly powers!
Upon a foldier's thigh: I have seen the day,
Emil Twill out, 'twill out :-I hold my peace, Than twenty times your ftop:-But, O vain boat!!
Who can controul his fate ? 'tis not fo now.-
lago. Be wife, and get you home.
Amil. I will not. [lago offers to ftab his wife. Man but a rush against Othello's breast,
Thou haft no weapon, and perforce must suffer.
And he retires;-Where fhould Othello go? Now, how doft thou look now? O ill-ftarr'ð wench 3 ?
Your fword upon a woman?
Emil. O thou dull Moor! that handkerchief,
I found by fortune, and did give my husband;
Pale as thy fmock! when we shall meet at compt,
O curfed, curfed flave !-Whip me, ye devils,
Iago. Villainous whore !
Amit. She give it Caffio! no, alas; I found it, Blow me about in-winds! roast me in fulphur! And I did give it my hufband. Wafh me in fteep-down gulfs of liquid fire!-O Defdemona! Defdemona! dead r
Lago. Filth, thou lieft.
Emil. By heaven, I do not; I do not, gentlemen: Dead? O! O! O!
1 Liberal is free, under no controul. Steel is hardened by being put red hot into very cold 3 Wench originally fignified only a young woman.
Enter Lodovico, Cafio brought in; Montano, with
Lod. Where is this rash and most unfortunate
For, in my fenfe, 'tis happiness to die.
Lod. O thou Othello, that waft once so good,
Oth. That's he that was Othello; here I am.
Oth. I look down towards his feet;-but that's
If that thou be'it a devil, I cannot kill thee.
Oth. I am not forry neither; I'd have thee live; 'Till that the nature of your fault be known
To the Venetian ftate-Come, bring him away.
Oth. Soft you; a word or two, before you go.
No more of that :-I pray you, in your letters,
Oth. Why, any thing:
An honourable murderer, if you will;
Caf. Dear general, I never gave you cause.
From this time forth I never will speak word.
Gra. Torments will ope your lips.
Lod. Sir, you shall understand what hath befall'n, Which, as I think, you know not: Here is a letter,
Oth. O fool! fool! fool!
Caf. There is, befides, in Roderigo's letter,-
Lod. You must forfake this room, and go with
That can torment him much, and hold him long,
Albeit unufed to the melting mood,
Lod. O bloody period!
Gra. All, that is fpoke, is marr'd.
For he was great of heart.
Lod. O Spartan dog 4,
More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea 1
2 i. e, in the fare, by the To fee if, according to the common opinion, his feet be cloven. Stratagem. 3 By the Judian (which is the reading of the elder quarto, and adopted by Theobald and Warburton), the latter fays, is meant Herod, whofe ufage to Mariamne is fo appofite to the fpeaker's cafe, that a more proper inftance could not be thought of. Besides, he was the subject of a tragedy at that time, as appears from the words in Hamlet, where an ill player is described," out-herod Herod." The metaphorical term of a pearl for a fine woman, is fo common as fearce to need examples. 4 The dogs of Spartan race, fays Hanmer, were reckoned among those of the most fierce and favage kind. > i. e. the fentence.
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