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Othello: Act 5, Scene 2

Othello
Act 5, Scene 2

A bedchamber in the castle.

  1. Enter Othello with a light and Desdemona in her bed asleep.

Othello

2 - 24
  1. It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul;
  2. Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars,
  3. It is the cause. Yet I’ll not shed her blood,
  4. Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow,
  5. And smooth as monumental alabaster.
  6. Yet she must die, else she’ll betray more men.
  7. Put out the light, and then put out the light:
  8. If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
  9. I can again thy former light restore,
  10. Should I repent me; but once put out thy light,
  11. Thou cunning’st pattern of excelling nature,
  12. I know not where is that Promethean heat
  13. That can thy light relume. When I have pluck’d thy rose,
  14. I cannot give it vital growth again,
  15. It needs must wither. I’ll smell thee on the tree.
  16. Kisses her.
  17. O balmy breath, that dost almost persuade
  18. Justice to break her sword! One more, one more.
  19. Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee
  20. And love thee after. One more, and that’s the last.
  21. So sweet was ne’er so fatal. I must weep,
  22. But they are cruel tears. This sorrow’s heavenly,
  23. It strikes where it doth love. She wakes.

Desdemona

25
  1. Who’s there? Othello?

Othello

26
  1.                       Ay, Desdemona.

Desdemona

27
  1. Will you come to bed, my lord?

Othello

28
  1. Have you pray’d tonight, Desdemon?

Desdemona

29
  1.                                    Ay, my lord.

Othello

30 - 32
  1. If you bethink yourself of any crime
  2. Unreconcil’d as yet to heaven and grace,
  3. Solicit for it straight.

Desdemona

33
  1. Alack, my lord, what may you mean by that?

Othello

34 - 36
  1. Well, do it, and be brief, I will walk by.
  2. I would not kill thy unprepared spirit,
  3. No, heaven forefend! I would not kill thy soul.

Desdemona

37
  1. Talk you of killing?

Othello

38
  1.                      Ay, I do.

Desdemona

39 - 40
  1.           Then heaven
  2. Have mercy on me!

Othello

41
  1.                   Amen, with all my heart!

Desdemona

42
  1. If you say so, I hope you will not kill me.

Othello

43
  1. Humh!

Desdemona

44 - 46
  1. And yet I fear you; for you’re fatal then
  2. When your eyes roll so. Why I should fear I know not,
  3. Since guiltiness I know not; but yet I feel I fear.

Othello

47
  1. Think on thy sins.

Desdemona

48
  1.                    They are loves I bear to you.

Othello

49
  1. Ay, and for that thou di’st.

Desdemona

50 - 54
  1. That death’s unnatural that kills for loving.
  2. Alas, why gnaw you so your nether lip?
  3. Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.
  4. These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope,
  5. They do not point on me.

Othello

55
  1.                          Peace, and be still!

Desdemona

56
  1. I will so. What’s the matter?

Othello

57 - 58
  1. That handkerchief which I so lov’d, and gave thee,
  2. Thou gav’st to Cassio.

Desdemona

59 - 60
  1.                        No, by my life and soul!
  2. Send for the man, and ask him.

Othello

61 - 62
  1.                                Sweet soul, take heed,
  2. Take heed of perjury, thou art on thy death-bed.

Desdemona

63
  1. Ay, but not yet to die.

Othello

64 - 68
  1.                         Yes, presently:
  2. Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin;
  3. For to deny each article with oath
  4. Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception
  5. That I do groan withal. Thou art to die.

Desdemona

69
  1. Then Lord have mercy on me!

Othello

70
  1.                             I say, amen.

Desdemona

71 - 74
  1. And have you mercy too! I never did
  2. Offend you in my life; never lov’d Cassio
  3. But with such general warranty of heaven
  4. As I might love. I never gave him token.

Othello

75 - 79
  1. By heaven, I saw my handkerchief in ’s hand.
  2. O perjur’d woman, thou dost stone my heart,
  3. And mak’st me call what I intend to do
  4. A murder, which I thought a sacrifice.
  5. I saw the handkerchief.

Desdemona

80 - 82
  1.                         He found it then;
  2. I never gave it him. Send for him hither;
  3. Let him confess a truth.

Othello

83
  1.                          He hath confess’d.

Desdemona

84
  1. What, my lord?

Othello

85
  1. That he hath us’d thee.

Desdemona

86
  1.                         How? Unlawfully?

Othello

87
  1.                  Ay.

Desdemona

88
  1. He will not say so.

Othello

89 - 90
  1.                     Nohis mouth is stopp’d;
  2. Honest Iago hath ta’en order for’t.

Desdemona

91
  1. O, my fear interprets. What, is he dead?

Othello

92 - 93
  1. Had all his hairs been lives, my great revenge
  2. Had stomach for them all.

Desdemona

94
  1. Alas, he is betray’d and I undone!

Othello

95
  1. Out, strumpet! Weep’st thou for him to my face?

Desdemona

96
  1. O, banish me, my lord, but kill me not!

Othello

97
  1. Down, strumpet!d

Desdemona

98
  1. Kill me tomorrow, let me live tonight!

Othello

99
  1. Nay, an’ you strive

Desdemona

100
  1. But half an hour!

Othello

101
  1.                   Being done, there is no pause.

Desdemona

102
  1. But while I say one prayer!

Othello

103
  1.                             It is too late.
  1. Smothers her.

Desdemona

105
  1. O Lord, Lord, Lord!

Emilia

106 - 108
  1. At the door, within.
  2. My lord, my lord!
  3. What ho! My lord, my lord!

Othello

109 - 112
  1. What noise is this? Not dead? Not yet quite dead?
  2. I that am cruel am yet merciful,
  3. I would not have thee linger in thy pain.
  4. So, so.

Emilia

113 - 114
  1. Within.
  2.         What ho! My lord, my lord!

Othello

115
  1.                            Who’s there?

Emilia

116 - 117
  1. Within.
  2. O, good my lord, I would speak a word with you!

Othello

118 - 128
  1. Yes.—’Tis Emilia.—By and by.—She’s dead.
  2. ’Tis like she comes to speak of Cassio’s death;
  3. The noise was high. Hah, no more moving?
  4. Still as the grave. Shall she come in? Were’t good?
  5. I think she stirs again. No. What’s best to do?
  6. If she come in, she’ll sure speak to my wife.
  7. My wife, my wife! What wife? I have no wife.
  8. O insupportable! O heavy hour!
  9. Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse
  10. Of sun and moon, and that th’ affrighted globe
  11. Did yawn at alteration.

Emilia

129 - 131
  1. Within.
  2.                         I do beseech you
  3. That I may speak with you. O, good my lord!

Othello

132 - 137
  1. I had forgot thee. O, come in, Emilia.—
  2. Soft, by and by, let me the curtains draw.—
  3. Where art thou?
  4. Unlocks the door.
  5. Enter Emilia.
  6.                 What’s the matter with thee now?

Emilia

138
  1. O, my good lord, yonder’s foul murders done!

Othello

139
  1. What? Now?

Emilia

140
  1. But now, my lord.

Othello

141 - 143
  1. It is the very error of the moon,
  2. She comes more nearer earth than she was wont,
  3. And makes men mad.

Emilia

144 - 145
  1. Cassio, my lord, hath kill’d a young Venetian
  2. Call’d Roderigo.

Othello

146 - 147
  1.                  Roderigo kill’d?
  2. And Cassio kill’d?

Emilia

148
  1.                    No, Cassio is not kill’d.

Othello

149 - 150
  1. Not Cassio kill’d? Then murder’s out of tune,
  2. And sweet revenge grows harsh.

Desdemona

151
  1. O, falsely, falsely murder’d!

Emilia

152
  1.                               O Lord, what cry is that?

Othello

153
  1. That? What?

Emilia

154 - 156
  1. Out, and alas, that was my lady’s voice.
  2. Help, help, ho, help! O lady, speak again!
  3. Sweet Desdemona, O sweet mistress, speak!

Desdemona

157
  1. A guiltless death I die.

Emilia

158
  1. O, who hath done this deed?

Desdemona

159 - 160
  1. Nobody; I myself. Farewell!
  2. Commend me to my kind lord. O, farewell!
  1. Dies.

Othello

162
  1. Why, how should she be murd’red?

Emilia

163
  1.                                  Alas! Who knows?

Othello

164
  1. You heard her say herself, it was not I.

Emilia

165
  1. She said so; I must needs report the truth.

Othello

166 - 167
  1. She’s like a liar gone to burning hell:
  2. ’Twas I that kill’d her.

Emilia

168 - 169
  1.                          O, the more angel she,
  2. And you the blacker devil!

Othello

170
  1. She turn’d to folly, and she was a whore.

Emilia

171
  1. Thou dost belie her, and thou art a devil.

Othello

172
  1. She was false as water.

Emilia

173 - 174
  1.                         Thou art rash as fire to say
  2. That she was false. O, she was heavenly true!

Othello

175 - 178
  1. Cassio did top her; ask thy husband else.
  2. O, I were damn’d beneath all depth in hell
  3. But that I did proceed upon just grounds
  4. To this extremity. Thy husband knew it all.

Emilia

179
  1. My husband?

Othello

180
  1. Thy husband.

Emilia

181
  1. That she was false to wedlock?

Othello

182 - 185
  1. Ay, with Cassio. Nay, had she been true,
  2. If heaven would make me such another world
  3. Of one entire and perfect chrysolite,
  4. I’ld not have sold her for it.

Emilia

186
  1.                                My husband?

Othello

187 - 189
  1. Ay, ’twas he that told me on her first.
  2. An honest man he is, and hates the slime
  3. That sticks on filthy deeds.

Emilia

190
  1.                              My husband?

Othello

191
  1. What needs this iterance, woman? I say thy husband.

Emilia

192 - 193
  1. O mistress, villainy hath made mocks with love!
  2. My husband say she was false?

Othello

194 - 196
  1.                               He, woman:
  2. I say thy husband; dost understand the word?
  3. My friend, thy husband, honest, honest Iago.

Emilia

197 - 199
  1. If he say so, may his pernicious soul
  2. Rot half a grain a day! He lies to th’ heart.
  3. She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.

Othello

200
  1. Hah?

Emilia

201 - 203
  1. Do thy worst!
  2. This deed of thine is no more worthy heaven
  3. Than thou wast worthy her.

Othello

204
  1.                            Peace, you were best.

Emilia

205 - 210
  1. Thou hast not half that pow’r to do me harm
  2. As I have to be hurt. O gull, O dolt,
  3. As ignorant as dirt! Thou hast done a deed
  4. I care not for thy sword, I’ll make thee known,
  5. Though I lost twenty lives. Help, help, ho, help!
  6. The Moor hath kill’d my mistress! Murder, murder!
  1. Enter Montano, Gratiano, and Iago, with others.

Montano

212
  1. What is the matter? How now, general?

Emilia

213 - 214
  1. O, are you come, Iago? You have done well,
  2. That men must lay their murders on your neck.

Gratiano

215
  1. What is the matter?

Emilia

216 - 219
  1. Disprove this villain, if thou be’st a man.
  2. He says thou toldst him that his wife was false.
  3. I know thou didst not; thou’rt not such a villain.
  4. Speak, for my heart is full.

Iago

220 - 221
  1. I told him what I thought, and told no more
  2. Than what he found himself was apt and true.

Emilia

222
  1. But did you ever tell him she was false?

Iago

223
  1. I did.

Emilia

224 - 226
  1. You told a lie, an odious, damned lie;
  2. Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie.
  3. She false with Cassio? Did you say with Cassio?

Iago

227
  1. With Cassio, mistress. Go to, charm your tongue.

Emilia

228 - 229
  1. I will not charm my tongue; I am bound to speak.
  2. My mistress here lies murdered in her bed

All

230
  1. O heavens forefend!

Emilia

231
  1. And your reports have set the murder on.

Othello

232
  1. Nay, stare not, masters, it is true indeed.

Gratiano

233
  1. ’Tis a strange truth.

Montano

234
  1. O monstrous act!

Emilia

235 - 238
  1.                  Villainy, villainy, villainy!
  2. I think upon’t, I thinkI smell’tO villainy!
  3. I thought so thenI’ll kill myself for grief
  4. O villainy! Villainy!

Iago

239
  1. What, are you mad? I charge you get you home.

Emilia

240 - 242
  1. Good gentlemen, let me have leave to speak.
  2. ’Tis proper I obey him; but not now.
  3. Perchance, Iago, I will ne’er go home.

Othello

243
  1. O, O, O!
  1. Othello falls on the bed.

Emilia

245 - 247
  1.          Nay, lay thee down and roar;
  2. For thou hast kill’d the sweetest innocent
  3. That e’er did lift up eye.

Othello

248 - 252
  1. Rising.
  2.                            O, she was foul!
  3. I scarce did know you, uncle; there lies your niece,
  4. Whose breath, indeed, these hands have newly stopp’d.
  5. I know this act shows horrible and grim.

Gratiano

253 - 258
  1. Poor Desdemon! I am glad thy father’s dead.
  2. Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief
  3. Shore his old thread in twain. Did he live now,
  4. This sight would make him do a desperate turn,
  5. Yea, curse his better angel from his side,
  6. And fall to reprobance.

Othello

259 - 266
  1. ’Tis pitiful; but yet Iago knows
  2. That she with Cassio hath the act of shame
  3. A thousand times committed. Cassio confess’d it,
  4. And she did gratify his amorous works
  5. With that recognizance and pledge of love
  6. Which I first gave her. I saw it in his hand;
  7. It was a handkerchief, an antique token
  8. My father gave my mother.

Emilia

267
  1. O God! O heavenly God!

Iago

268
  1. ’Zounds, hold your peace.

Emilia

269 - 272
  1.                           ’Twill out, ’twill out! I peace?
  2. No, I will speak as liberal as the north:
  3. Let heaven and men and devils, let them all,
  4. All, all, cry shame against me, yet I’ll speak.

Iago

273
  1. Be wise, and get you home.

Emilia

274
  1.                            I will not.
  1. Iago offers to stab Emilia.

Gratiano

276 - 277
  1.             Fie,
  2. Your sword upon a woman?

Emilia

278 - 282
  1. O thou dull Moor, that handkerchief thou speak’st of
  2. I found by fortune, and did give my husband;
  3. For often, with a solemn earnestness
  4. (More than indeed belong’d to such a trifle),
  5. He begg’d of me to steal’t.

Iago

283
  1.                             Villainous whore!

Emilia

284 - 285
  1. She give it Cassio? No, alas, I found it,
  2. And I did give’t my husband.

Iago

286
  1.                              Filth, thou liest!

Emilia

287 - 289
  1. By heaven, I do not, I do not, gentlemen.
  2. O murd’rous coxcomb, what should such a fool
  3. Do with so good a wife?

Othello

290 - 291
  1.                         Are there no stones in heaven
  2. But what serves for the thunder?—Precious villain!
  1. The Moor runs at Iago; Montano disarms Othello.
  1. Iago kills his wife.

Gratiano

294
  1. The woman falls; sure he hath kill’d his wife.

Emilia

295
  1. Ay, ay! O, lay me by my mistress’ side.
  1. Exit Iago.

Gratiano

297
  1. He’s gone, but his wife’s kill’d.

Montano

298 - 302
  1. ’Tis a notorious villain. Take you this weapon
  2. Which I have here recover’d from the Moor.
  3. Come guard the door without; let him not pass,
  4. But kill him rather. I’ll after that same villain,
  5. For ’tis a damned slave.
  1. Exit with all but Othello and Emilia.

Othello

304 - 307
  1.                          I am not valiant neither,
  2. But every puny whipster gets my sword.
  3. But why should honor outlive honesty?
  4. Let it go all.

Emilia

308 - 315
  1.                What did thy song bode, lady?
  2. Hark, canst thou hear me? I will play the swan,
  3. And die in music.
  4. Sings.
  5. Willow, willow, willow.
  6. Moor, she was chaste; she lov’d thee, cruel Moor;
  7. So come my soul to bliss, as I speak true;
  8. So speaking as I think, alas, I die.
  1. Dies.

Othello

317 - 319
  1. I have another weapon in this chamber;
  2. It was a sword of Spain, the ice-brook’s temper
  3. O, here it is. Uncle, I must come forth.

Gratiano

320 - 322
  1. Within.
  2. If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear:
  3. Thou hast no weapon, and perforce must suffer.

Othello

323 - 324
  1. Look in upon me then and speak with me,
  2. Or naked as I am I will assault thee.
  1. Enter Gratiano.

Gratiano

326
  1. What is the matter?

Othello

327 - 350
  1.                     Behold, I have a weapon;
  2. A better never did itself sustain
  3. Upon a soldier’s thigh. I have seen the day
  4. That with this little arm, and this good sword,
  5. I have made my way through more impediments
  6. Than twenty times your stop. But (O vain boast!)
  7. Who can control his fate? ’Tis not so now.
  8. Be not afraid though you do see me weapon’d;
  9. Here is my journey’s end, here is my butt
  10. And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
  11. Do you go back dismay’d? ’Tis a lost fear;
  12. Man but a rush against Othello’s breast,
  13. And he retires. Where should Othello go?
  14. Nowhow dost thou look now? O ill-starr’d wench,
  15. Pale as thy smock! When we shall meet at compt,
  16. This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven,
  17. And fiends will snatch at it. Cold, cold, my girl?
  18. Even like thy chastity. O cursed, cursed slave!
  19. Whip me, ye devils,
  20. From the possession of this heavenly sight!
  21. Blow me about in winds! Roast me in sulphur!
  22. Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire!
  23. O Desdemon! Dead, Desdemon! Dead!
  24. O, O!
  1. Enter Lodovico, Cassio in a chair, Montano, and Iago
  2. guarded, with Officers.

Lodovico

353
  1. Where is this rash and most unfortunate man?

Othello

354
  1. That’s he that was Othello; here I am.

Lodovico

355
  1. Where is that viper? Bring the villain forth.

Othello

356 - 357
  1. I look down towards his feet; but that’s a fable.
  2. If that thou be’st a devil, I cannot kill thee.
  1. Wounds Iago.

Lodovico

359
  1. Wrench his sword from him.

Iago

360
  1.                            I bleed, sir, but not kill’d.

Othello

361 - 362
  1. I am not sorry neither, I’ld have thee live;
  2. For in my sense, ’tis happiness to die.

Lodovico

363 - 365
  1. O thou Othello, that was once so good,
  2. Fall’n in the practice of a damned slave,
  3. What shall be said to thee?

Othello

366 - 368
  1.                             Why, any thing:
  2. An honorable murderer, if you will;
  3. For nought I did in hate, but all in honor.

Lodovico

369 - 370
  1. This wretch hath part confess’d his villainy.
  2. Did you and he consent in Cassio’s death?

Othello

371
  1. Ay.

Cassio

372
  1. Dear general, I never gave you cause.

Othello

373 - 375
  1. I do believe it, and I ask your pardon.
  2. Will you, I pray, demand that demi-devil
  3. Why he hath thus ensnar’d my soul and body?

Iago

376 - 377
  1. Demand me nothing; what you know, you know:
  2. From this time forth I never will speak word.

Lodovico

378
  1. What? Not to pray?

Gratiano

379
  1.                    Torments will ope your lips.

Othello

380
  1. Well, thou dost best.

Lodovico

381 - 386
  1. Sir, you shall understand what hath befall’n,
  2. Which, as I think, you know not. Here is a letter
  3. Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo,
  4. And here another. The one of them imports
  5. The death of Cassio to be undertook
  6. By Roderigo.

Othello

387
  1. O villain!

Cassio

388
  1.            Most heathenish and most gross!

Lodovico

389 - 393
  1. Now here’s another discontented paper,
  2. Found in his pocket too; and this it seems
  3. Roderigo meant t’ have sent this damned villain;
  4. But that, belike, Iago in the nick
  5. Came in and satisfied him.

Othello

394 - 396
  1.                            O thou pernicious caitiff!—
  2. How came you, Cassio, by that handkerchief
  3. That was my wive’s?

Cassio

397 - 400
  1.                     I found it in my chamber:
  2. And he himself confess’d it but even now,
  3. That there he dropp’d it for a special purpose
  4. Which wrought to his desire.

Othello

401
  1.                              O fool, fool, fool!

Cassio

402 - 407
  1. There is besides, in Roderigo’s letter,
  2. How he upbraids Iago, that he made him
  3. Brave me upon the watch, whereon it came
  4. That I was cast; and even but now he spake
  5. (After long seeming dead) Iago hurt him,
  6. Iago set him on.

Lodovico

408 - 415
  1. You must forsake this room and go with us.
  2. Your power and your command is taken off,
  3. And Cassio rules in Cyprus. For this slave,
  4. If there be any cunning cruelty
  5. That can torment him much, and hold him long,
  6. It shall be his. You shall close prisoner rest,
  7. Till that the nature of your fault be known
  8. To the Venetian state. Come, bring away.

Othello

416 - 434
  1. Soft you; a word or two before you go.
  2. I have done the state some service, and they know’t
  3. No more of that. I pray you, in your letters,
  4. When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
  5. Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
  6. Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak
  7. Of one that lov’d not wisely but too well;
  8. Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought,
  9. Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand
  10. (Like the base Indian) threw a pearl away
  11. Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdu’d eyes,
  12. Albeit unused to the melting mood,
  13. Drops tears as fast as the Arabian trees
  14. Their medicinable gum. Set you down this;
  15. And say besides, that in Aleppo once,
  16. Where a malignant and a turban’d Turk
  17. Beat a Venetian and traduc’d the state,
  18. I took by th’ throat the circumcised dog,
  19. And smote himthus.
  1. He stabs himself.

Lodovico

436
  1. O bloody period!

Gratiano

437
  1.                  All that is spoke is marr’d.

Othello

438 - 439
  1. I kiss’d thee ere I kill’d thee. No way but this,
  2. Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
  1. Falls on the bed and dies.

Cassio

441 - 442
  1. This did I fear, but thought he had no weapon;
  2. For he was great of heart.

Lodovico

443 - 454
  1. To Iago.
  2.                            O Spartan dog,
  3. More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea!
  4. Look on the tragic loading of this bed;
  5. This is thy work. The object poisons sight,
  6. Let it be hid. Gratiano, keep the house,
  7. And seize upon the fortunes of the Moor,
  8. For they succeed on you. To you, Lord Governor,
  9. Remains the censure of this hellish villain,
  10. The time, the place, the torture, O, enforce it!
  11. Myself will straight aboard, and to the state
  12. This heavy act with heavy heart relate.
  1. Exeunt.
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