Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
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Enter Iago and RodorigoEditor’s Note1
iago Here, stand behind this bulk. Straight will he come.
Editor’s Note2Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home.
3Quick, quick, fear nothing. I'll be at thy elbow.
4It makes us or it mars us. Think on that,
5And fix most firm thy resolutïon.Editor’s Note6
rodorigo Be near at hand. I may miscarry in't.7
iago Here at thy hand. Be bold, and take thy stand.8
rodorigo [aside] I have no great devotion to the deed,
9And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons.
10'Tis but a man gone. Forth my sword—he dies!Editor’s Note11Enter Cassio
iago [aside] I have rubbed this young quat almost to the sense,
12And he grows angry. Now, whether he kill Cassio
13Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other,
Editor’s Note14Every way makes my gain. Live Rodorigo,
15He calls me to a restitution large
Editor’s Note16Of gold and jewels that I bobbed from him
17As gifts to Desdemona.
18It must not be. If Cassio do remain,
19He hath a daily beauty in his life
20That makes me ugly; and besides, the Moor
Editor’s Note21May unfold me to him—there stand I in much peril.
22No, he must die. But so, I hear him coming.23
rodorigo I know his gait, 'tis he. [Attacking Cassio] Villain, thou diest!24[He stabs Rodorigo, who falls]
cassio That thrust had been mine enemy indeed,
Editor’s Note25But that my coat is better than thou know'st.
Editor’s Note26I will make proof of thine.Editor’s Note[Iago wounds Cassio in the leg from behind. Exit Iago]
rodorigo O, I am slain!27Enter Othello [above]
cassio [falling] I am maimed for ever. Help, ho, murder, murder!28
othello The voice of Cassio. Iago keeps his word.29
rodorigo O, villain that I am!30
othello It is even so.31
cassio O, help, ho! Light, a surgeon!32Exit Othello pg 2183Editor’s NoteEnter Lodovico and Graziano
othello 'Tis he. O brave Iago, honest and just,
33That hast such noble sense of thy friend's wrong—
Editor’s Note34Thou teachest me. Minion, your dear lies dead,
Editor’s Note35And your unblessed fate hies. Strumpet, I come.
36Forth of my heart those charms, thine eyes, are blotted.
37Thy bed, lust-stained, shall with lust's blood be spotted.Editor’s Note38
cassio What ho, no watch, no passage? Murder, murder!39
graziano 'Tis some mischance. The voice is very direful.40
cassio O, help!
rodorigo O wretched villain!Editor’s Note41
lodovico Two or three groan. 'Tis heavy night.
42These may be counterfeits. Let's think't unsafe
Editor’s Note43To come into the cry without more help.44Editor’s NoteEnter Iago [with a light, and his sword drawn]
rodorigo Nobody come? Then shall I bleed to death.45
graziano Here's one comes in his shirt, with light and weapons.Editor’s Note47
iago Who's there? Whose noise is this that cries on murder?48
lodovico We do not know.
iago Do not you hear a cry?49
cassio Here, here. For God's sake, help me.
iago What's the matter?50
graziano [to Lodovico] This is Othello's ensign, as I take it.51
lodovico The same indeed, a very valiant fellow.52
iago [to Cassio] What are you here that cry so grievously?Editor’s Note53
cassio Iago—O, I am spoiled, undone by villains.
54Give me some help.55
iago O me, lieutenant, what villains have done this?56
cassio I think that one of them is hereabout
Link 57And cannot make away.
iago O treacherous villains!
58[To Lodovico and Graziano] What are you there? Come in and give some help.59
rodorigo O, help me there!60
cassio That's one of them.
iago Editor’s Note[stabbing Rodorigo] O murderous slave! O villain!61
rodorigo O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!62
iago Kill men i'th' dark? Where be these bloody thieves?
63How silent is this town! Ho, murder, murder![To Lodovico and Graziano]
64What may you be? Are you of good or evil?65
lodovico As you shall prove us, praise us.
iago Signor Lodovico.66
lodovico He, sir.67
iago I cry you mercy. Here's Cassio hurt by villains.68
iago How is't, brother?70
cassio My leg is cut in two.71Enter Bianca
iago Marry, God forbid!
Editor’s Note72Light, gentlemen. I'll bind it with my shirt.Editor’s Note74
iago Who is't that cried?
bianca O, my dear Cassio,
75My sweet Cassio, O, Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!76
iago O notable strumpet! Cassio, may you suspect
77Who they should be that have thus mangled you?78
graziano I am sorry to find you thus. I have been to seek you.Editor’s Note80
iago Lend me a garter. So. O for a chair,
81To bear him easily hence!82
bianca Alas, he faints. O, Cassio, Cassio, Cassio!83
iago Gentlemen all, I do suspect this trash
84To be a party in this injury.
85Patience a while, good Cassio. Come, come,
Editor’s Note86Lend me a light. [Going to Rodorigo] Know we this face or no?
87Alas, my friend, and my dear countryman.
88Rodorigo? No—yes, sure—O God, Rodorigo!89
graziano What, of Venice?90
iago Even he, sir. Did you know him?91
graziano Know him? Ay.Editor’s Note92
iago Signor Graziano, I cry your gentle pardon.
93These bloody accidents must excuse my manners
94That so neglected you.
graziano I am glad to see you.95
iago How do you, Cassio? O, a chair, a chair!96
graziano Rodorigo?Editor’s Note97
iago He, he, 'tis he.[Enter attendants with a chair]
O, that's well said, the chair!
98Some good man bear him carefully from hence.
99I'll fetch the general's surgeon. [To Bianca] For you, mistress,
Editor’s Note100Save you your labour. He that lies slain here, Cassio,
Editor’s Note101Was my dear friend. What malice was between you?102
cassio None in the world, nor do I know the man.103[Enter Emilia]
iago [to Bianca] What, look you pale?[To attendants]
O, bear him out o'th' air.[Exeunt attendants with Cassio in the chair]
Editor’s Note104Stay you, good gentlemen.[To Bianca]
Look you pale, mistress?
Editor’s Note105[To Lodovico and Graziano] Do you perceive the ghastness of her eye?
106[To Bianca] Nay, if you stare we shall hear more anon.
107[To Lodovico and Graziano] Behold her well; I pray you, look upon her.
108Do you see, gentlemen? Nay, guiltiness
Editor’s Note109Will speak, though tongues were out of use.
110What is the matter? What is the matter, husband?111
iago Cassio hath here been set on in the dark
112By Rodorigo and fellows that are scaped.114
emilia Alas, good gentleman! Alas, good Cassio!115
iago This is the fruits of whoring. Prithee, Emilia,
116Go know of Cassio where he supped tonight.
117[To Bianca] What, do you shake at that?118
bianca He supped at my house, but I therefore shake not.119
iago O, did he so? I charge you go with me.120
emilia [to Bianca] O, fie upon thee, strumpet!121
bianca I am no strumpet, but of life as honest
122As you that thus abuse me.
emilia As I? Fough, fie upon thee!123Editor’s NoteExeunt
iago Kind gentlemen, let's go see poor Cassio dressed.
124[To Bianca] Come, mistress, you must tell's another tale.
125Emilia, run you to the citadel
126And tell my lord and lady what hath happed.
Editor’s Note127Will you go on afore?[Exit Emilia] [Aside]
This is the night
Editor’s Note128That either makes me or fordoes me quite.