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kerchief-I tremble at it-Nature would not inveft herself in fuch fhadowing without some induction-It is not words that shake me thus--pish-nofes
ears and lips-is't poffible-confefs-handkerchief-Oh devil
SCENE V. Othello's exceffive Fondness of his
A fine woman! a fair woman! a fweet woman!
Oth. Ay, let her rot and perish and be damn'd tonight, for the fhall not live. No, my heart is turn'd to ftone: I ftrike it, and it hurts my hand-Oh, the world hath not a sweeter creature- -She might lie by an emperor's fide and command him tasks.
Iago. Nay, that's not your way.
Oth. Hang her, I do but fay what fhe isfo delicate with her needle-an admirable mufician- -Oh, fhe will fing the favageness out of a bear: of fo high and plenteous wit and invention!
lago. She's the worse for all this.
Oth. Oh, a thousand, a thousand times: and then of fo gentle condition!
Iago. Ay, too gentle.
Oth. Nay, that's certain--but yet the pity of it, Iago-Oh, Iago, the pity of it.
SCENE VI. Othello's Speech, after having received the Mandate when confirm'd in his Sufpicions.
Ay! you did wish that I would make her turn;
And will return to Venice-Hence, avant! [Ex. D‹ƒ,
SCENE IX. His pathetic Upbraiding of his Wife.
Def. Upon my knee, what doth your speech import? I understand a fury in your words, But not your words.
Oth. Why? what art thou?
Def. Your wife, my lord; your true and loyal wife. Oth. Come fwear it; damn thyfelf, left being like one Of heav'n, the devils themselves should fear to feize thee, Therefore be double-damn'd; fwear thou art honest. Def. Heaven doth truly know it. Oth. Heaven truly knows, That thou art falfe as hell.
Def. To whom, my lord? With whom? How am I falfe?
Oth. Ah, Desdemona, away, away, away
Oth. Had it pleas'd heaven,
To try me with affliction, had he rain'd
Where either I must live, or bear no life,
To knot and gender in; (10) Turn thy complexion there,
Patience, thou young and rofe-lipp'd cherubin,
Def. I hope my noble lord esteems me honest.
That the fenfe akes at thee;
Would thou hadst ne'er been born!
Def. Alas! what ignorant fin have I committed? Oth. Was this fair paper, this moft goodly book, Made to write whore upon? what, what committed ? Committed? Oh, thou public commoner,
I fhould make very forges of my cheeks
(10) Turn, &c.] i. e. Patience, thou young, &c. there, [upon the fight of that, a fight fo fhocking and intolerable] turn thy complexion-Ay, do more than that, not only turn thy complexion but look grim as hell, horrible as a fiend, and unlike thyself, a young and rofe-lipp'd cherubin." This is a natural and fine fenfe, and thus the words come nearest those found in the old editions: the Oxford editor reads,
There, there look grim as hell.
And Mr. Warburton,
Turn thy complexion thence,-
(11) O thou, &c.] This paffage feems to need no alteration: "Oh thou weed-who art not only fo lovely fair, inviting us to smell, but also doft really smell so sweet that, Sc.
And will not hear't.
Def. Oh, heav'n forgive us.
I took you for that cunning whore of Venice,
What committed? impudent
SCENE XI. Defdemona's Faithfulness.
What fhall I do to win my lord again?
If e'er my will did trefpafs 'gainst his love,
(12) See p. 76, preceding.
-Quoties tentamina nofira pudici
Ovid. Met. L. 7.
Her answer was, oft as my fuit I prefs'd,
And ever will, though he do shake me off
ACT V. SCENE VI.
A Bed-chamber: Defdemona is difcovered afleep
in her Bed.
Enter Othello, with a light and a fword.
Oth. It is the cause, it is the cause, my foul:
[Lays down the fword. Yet she must die, elfe fhe'll betray more men: (13) Put out the light, and then-put out the light. If I quench thee, thou flaming minister, I can again thy former light restore, Should I repent; but once put out thy light, Thou cunning'ft pattern of excelling nature, I know not where is that Promethean heat, That can thy light re-lumine. When I have pluck'd thy rofe, I cannot give it vital growth again; It needs muft wither.
[Sets down the taper.
-I'll fmell thee on the tree.
O balmy breath, that doft almoft perfuade
(13) Put out, &c.] The prefent paffage hath been much criticifed upon, and is fo generally known and talk'd of, there remains little to be faid concerning it: I fhall therefore only add the manner of reading it, which I have adopted, not only as moft univerfally received, but it alfo feems to be most worthy of Shakespear. L 2