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Oth.

Sweet soul, take heed, Take heed of perjury; thou'rt on thy death-bed.

Des. Ay, but not yet to die.
Oth.

Yes, presently :
Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin;
For to deny each article with oath,
Cannot remove, nor choke, the strong conception,
That I do groan withal. Thou art to die.

Des. Then, Lord have mercy on me!
Oth.

I say, amen.
Des. And have you mercy too ! I never did
Offend you in my life ; never lov'd Cassio,
But with such general warranty of heaven
As I might love: I never gave him token.
Oth. By beaven, I saw my handkerchief in his

hand.
O perjur'd woman! thou dost stone my heart,
And mak'st me call, what I intend to do,
A murder, which I thought a sacrifice :1
I saw the handkerchief.
Des.

He found it then;
I never gave it him :-Send for him hither,
And let him confess a truth.
Oth.

He hath confess'd.
Des. What, my lord ?
Oth. That he hath-us'd thee.
Des.

How? unlawfully? Oth. Ay. Des. He'll not say so. Oth.

No, his mouth is stopp'd; Honest Iago hath ta'en order for't.2

Des. My fear interprets then,-What, is he dead? Oth. Had all his hairs been lives, my great re

venge Had stomach for them all.

Des. Alas! he is betray'd, and I undone.

(1) A sacrifice atoning for thy crime.
(2) Has taken measures.

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Should yawn at alteration.
Emil." (Within.] I do beseech you I may speak

with you, 0, good my lord!

Oth. I had forgot thee: 0, come in, Emilia :Soft,--by and by :--Let me the curtains draw.Where art thou? What's the matter with thee now?

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Oth. You heard her say herself, it was not I. Emil. She said so; I must needs report the

truth. Oth. She's, like a liar, gone to burning he!i; 'Twas I that kill'd her. Emil.

O, the more angel sne, and you the blacker devil!

Oih. She turn'd to folly, and she was a whore. Emil. Thou dost belie her, and thou art a

devil. Oth. She was false as water. Emil.

Thou art rash as fire, to say That she was false ; 0, she was heavenly true!

Oth. Cassio did tup her; ask thy husband else.
0, I were damn'd beneath all depth in he!!,
But that I did proceed upon just grounds
To this extremity; Thy husband knew it all.

Emil. My husband?
Oth. Thy husband.
Emil. That she was false to wedlock ?
Oth.

Ay, with Cassio.
Nay, had she been true,
If heaven would make me such another world
Of one entire and perfect chrysolite,
I'd not have sold her for it.

Emil. My husband ?
Oth.

Ay, 'twas he that told me first;
An honest man he is, and hates the slime
That sticks on filthy deeds.
Emil,

usband? Oth. What needs this iterance,2 woman? I say,

thy husband. Emil. O mistress, villany hath made mocks with

love ! My husband say, that she was false ? Oth.

He, woman, I say, thy husband: Dost understand the word ?

(1) A precious stone.

(2) Repetition.

My friend, thy husband, honest, honest Iago.

Emil. If he say so, may his pernicious soul Rot half a grain a day! he lies to the heart; She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.

Oth. Ila!

Emil. Do thy worst :
This deed of thine is no more worthy heaven,
Than thou wast worthy her.
Oth.

Peace, you were best.
Emil. Thou hast not half the power to do ine

harm, As I have to be hurt.1 O gull! O dolt! As ignorant as dirt! thou hast done a deed, I care not for thy sword; I'll make thee knowsi, Though I lost twenty lives:—Help! help, ho !

help! The Moor has kill'd my mistress; Murder! murder!

Enter Montano, Gratiano, and Iago. Mon. What is the matter?-How now, general? Emil. O, are you come, lago? you have done

well, That men must lay their murders on your neck. Gra. What is the matter?

Emil. Disprove this villain, if thou be'st a man: He says, thou told'st him that his wife was false : I know, thou didst not, thou'rt not such a villain; Speak, for my heart is full. Iago. I told him what I thought; and told no

more
Than what he found himself was apt and true.

Emil. But did you ever tell him, she was false?
Jago. I did.

Emil. You told a lie; an odious, damned lie;
Upon my soul, a lie; a wicked lie :-
She false with Cassio !— Did you say, with Cassio ?

(1) · More can I bear than you dare execute.'

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