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  • Title: Othello (Quarto 1, 1622)
  • Editor: Donald Bailey
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-466-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Donald Bailey
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    Othello (Quarto 1, 1622)

    The Tragedy of Othello

    He has a daily beauty in his life,
    That makes me vgly: and besides, the Moore
    May vnfould me to him; there stand I in perrill:
    No, he must die, be't so, I heare him comming.
    Ent. Cas.
    Rod. I know his gate, tis he, villaine thou diest.
    Cas. That thrust had bin my enemy indeed,
    But that my coate is better then thou think'st,
    I will make proofe of thine.
    3110Rod. O I am slaine.
    Cas. I am maind for euer, light ho, murder, murder.
    Enter Othello.
    Oth. The voice of Cassio, Iago keepes his word.
    3115Rod. O villaine that I am.
    Oth. Harke tis euen so.
    Cas. O helpe ho, light, a Surgeon.
    Oth. Tis he, O braue Iago, honest and Iust,
    That hast such noble sence of thy friends wrong,
    3120Thou teachest me; -- minion, your deare lies dead,
    And your fate hies apace; strumpet I come;
    Forth of my heart, those charmes thine eyes are blotted,
    Thy bed lust-staind, shall with lusts blood be spotted.
    Enter Lodouico and Gratiano.
    Cas. What ho, no watch, no passage, murder, murder
    Grat. Tis some mischance, the cry is very direfull.
    Cas. O helpe. Lod. Harke.
    Rod. O wretched villaine.
    Lod. Two or three grones, it is a heauy night,
    These may be counterfeits, let's think't vnsafe
    To come into the cry without more helpe.
    3135Rod. No body come, then shall I bleed to death.
    Enter Iago with a light.
    Lod. Harke.
    Grat. Here's one comes in his shirt, with lights and weapons,
    3140Iag. Who's there? whose noise is this, that cries on murder.
    Lod. I doe not know.
    Iag. Did not you heare a cry?
    Cas. Here, here, for heauens sake helpe me.