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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 Moore of Venice

    3650No more of that: I pray you in your letters,
    When you shall these vnlucky deedes relate,
    Speake of them as they are; nothing extenuate,
    Nor set downe ought in malice, then must you speake,
    3655Of one that lou'd not wisely, but too well:
    Of one not easily iealous, but being wrought,
    Perplext in the extreame; of one whose hand,
    Like the base Indian, threw a pearle away,
    Richer then all his Tribe: of one whose subdued eyes,
    3660Albeit vnused to the melting moode,
    Drops teares as fast as the Arabian trees,
    Their medicinall gum; set you downe this,
    And say besides, that in Aleppo once,
    Where a Malignant and a Turb and Turke,
    3665Beate a Venetian, and traduc'd the State;
    I tooke bi'th throate the circumcised dog,
    And smote him thus.
    He stabs himselfe.
    Lod. O bloody period.
    Gra. All that's spoke is mard.
    3670Oth. I kist thee ere I kild thee, no way but this,
    Killing my selfe, to die vpon a kisse.
    He dies.
    Cas. This did I feare, but thought he had no weapon,
    For he was great of heart.
    Lod. O Spartane dog,
    3675More fell then anguish, hunger, or the Sea,
    Looke on the tragicke lodging of this bed:
    This is thy worke, the obiect poisons sight,
    Let it be hid: Gratiano, keepe the house,
    3680And ceaze vpon the fortunes of the Moore:
    For they succeed to you, to you Lord Gouernour,
    Remaines the censure of this hellish villaine,
    The time, the place, the torture: O inforce it,
    My selfe will straite aboord, and to the State,
    3685This heauy act with heauy heart relate.
    Exeunt omnes.
    F I N I S.