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Why he hath thus ensnared my soul and body?

Iago. Demand me nothing: what you know, you



From this time forth I never will speak word.

Lo. What? not to pray?

Torments will ope your lips. Oth. Well, thou dost best.

Lo. Sir, you shall understand what hath befallen,
Which, as I think, you know not: here is a letter,
Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo ;
And here another : the one of them imports
The death of Cassio to be undertook
By Roderigo.

Oth. O villain !

Most heathenish, and most gross?
Lo. Now here's another discontented paper,
Found in his pocket too; and this, it seems,
Roderigo meant to have sent this damned villain;
But that, belike, Iago in the interim
Came in and satisfied him.

O the pernicious caitiff : How came you, Cassio, by that handkerchief That was my

wife's ? Cas.

I found it in my chamber :
And he himself confess'd, but even now,
That there he dropp'd it, for a special purpose,
Which wrought to his desire.

O fool! fool! fool!
Cas. There is, besides, in Roderigo's letter -
How he upbraids lago, that he made him
Brave me upon the watch; whereon it came

That I was cast: and even but now he spake,
After long seeming dead,- Iago hurt him,
Iago set him on.

Lo. You must forsake this room, and go with us :
Your power and your command is taken off,
And Cassio rules in Cyprus. For this slave,
If there be any cunning cruelty,
That can torment him much, and hold him long,
It shall be his : you shall close prisoner rest,
Till that the nature of your fault be known
To the Venetian state.-Come, bring him away.

Oth. Soft you; a word or two before you go. I have done the state some service, and they know

it ;

No more of that.-I

pray you,


your letters, When

you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice: then must you

Of one, that loved not wisely, but too well;
Of one, not easily jealous, but, being wrought,
Perplex'd in the extreme; of one, whose hand,
Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one, whose subdued

Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum: set you down this:
And say, besides, that in Aleppo once,
Where a malignant and a turban’d Turk
Beat a Venetian, and traduced the state,


I took by the throat the circumcised dug,
And smote him--thus.

(stabs himself. Lo. O bloody period ! Gra.

All that 's spoke is marr’d. Oth. I kiss'd thee ere I kill'd thee :-no way but this ;

[ falling upon Desdemona. Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.

[dies. Cas. This did I fear, but thought he had no

weapon; For he was great of heart. Lo.

o Spartan dog, More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea ! Look on the tragic loading of this bed; [to Iago. This is thy work: the object poisons sight ;-Let it be hid.-Gratiano, keep the house, And seise upon the fortunes of the Moor, For they succeed to you.--To you,

lord governor, Remains the censure 1 of this hellish villain ; The time, the place, the torture ;—0, enforce it ! Myself will straight aboard, and to the state This heavy act with heavy heart relate. [Exeunt.

i Sentence.


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