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Enter OTHELLO. Look, where he comes! Not poppy, nor mandra
Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world,
Ha! ha! false to me? To me?
lago. Why, how now, general? no more of that. Oih. Avaunt! be gone! thou hast set me on the
rack:I swear, 'tis better to be much abus'd, Than but to know't a little. lago.
How now, my lord ? Oth. What sense had I of her stolen hours of
Iago. I am sorry to hear this.
oth. I had been happy, if the general camp,
nor mandragora,] The mandragoras or mandrake has a soporifick quality, and the ancients used it when they wanted an opiate of the most powerful kind.
Which thou ow'dst yesterday! To owe is, in our author, oftener to possess, than to be indebted, and such is its meaning here.
Pioneers and all,] That is, the most abject and vilest of the camp. Pioneers were generally degraded soldiers, appointed to the office of pioneer, as a punishment for misbehaviour.
That make ambition virtue! O, farewell!
lago. Is it possible ?- My lord,
Oih. Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore; Be sure of it; give me the ocular proof;
[Taking him by the Throat. Or, by the worth of mine eternal soul, Thou hadst been better have been born a dog, Than answer my wak'd wrath. Iago.
Is it come to this: Oih. Make me to see it ; or (at the least) so
That the probation bear no hinge, nor loop,
lago. My noble lord,
Oth. If thou dost slander her, and torture me, Never pray more: abandon all remorse;' On horror's head horrors accumulate : Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amaz’d, For nothing canst thou to damnation add, Greater than that. lago.
O grace! O heaven defend me! Are you a man? have you a soul, or sense ?God be wi' you ; take mine office.-O wretched fool, That liv'st to make thine honesty a vice !O monstrous world! Take note, take note, O world, To be direct and honest, is not safe.I thank you for this profit; and, from hence, I'll love no friend, since love breeds such offence.
abandon all remorse;] All tenderness of nature, all pity; in which sense the word was frequently used in Sbakspeare's time.
Oth. Nay, stay :-Thou should’st be honest.
Iago. I should be wise ; for honesty's a fool,
By the world,
lago. I see, sir, you are eaten up with passion : I do repent me, that I put it to you. You would be satisfied? Oth.
Would ? nay, I will. lago. And may: But, how? how satisfied, my
Death and damnation ! O!
unk. But yet, I say, If imputation, and strong circumstances, Which lead directly to the door of truth,– Will give you satisfaction, you may have it.
Oth. Give me a living reason? she's disloyal.
• Were they as prime as goats,] Prime is prompt.
Give me a living reason-] Living, for speaking, manifest, actual proof.
Iago. I do not like the office:
I lay with Cassio lately;
Oth. O monstrous! monstrous !
Nay, this was but his dream. Oih. But this denoted a foregone conclusion;' 'Tis a shrew'd doubt, though it be but a dream.
lago. And this may help to thicken other proofs, That do demonstrate thinly. Oth.
I'll tear her all to pieces. Iago. Nay, but be wise: yet we see nothing done; She may be honest yet. Tell me but this,Have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief, Spotted with strawberries, in your wife's hand?
Oih. I gave her such a one; 'twas my first gift.
lago. I know not that: but such a handkerchief, (I am sure it was your wife's,) did I to-day See Cassio wipe his beard with. Oth.
If it be that, lago. If it be that, or any that was her's,
a foregone conclusion;] A conclusion in Shakspeare's time meant an experiment or trial.
It speaks against her with the other proofs.
Oth. O, that the slave had forty thousand lives;
Iago. Pray, be content.
O, blood, Iago, blood ! Iago. Patience, I say; your mind, perhaps, may
change. Oth. Never, Iago. Like to the Pontick sea, Whose icy current and compulsive course Ne'er feels retiring ebb, but keeps due on To the Propontick, and the Hellespont; Even so my bloody thoughts, with violent pace, Shall ne'er look back, ne'er ebb to humble love, Till that a capable’ and wide revenge Swallow them up.—Now, by yond' marble heaven, In the due reverence of a sacred vow [Kneels. I here engage my words. Iago.
Do not rise yet.
[Kneels. Witness, you ever-burning lights above! You elements that clip us round about! Witness, that here Iago doth give up The execution of his wit, hands, heart, To wrong'd Othello's service! let him command,
hearted throne,] Hearted throne, is the heart on which thou wast enthroned.
swell, bosom, &c.) i. e. swell, because the fraught is of poison.
a capable--] Capable perhaps signifies ample, capacious. · The execution -] i. e. employment or exercise.