Othello: Act 3, Scene 3
Enter DESDEMONA, CASSIO,
1Be thou assured, good Cassio, I will do
2All my abilities in thy behalf.
3Good madam, do: I warrant it grieves my husband,
4As if the case were his.
5O, that's an honest fellow. Do not doubt, Cassio,
6But I will have my lord and you again
7As friendly as you were.
8Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,
9He's never any thing but your true servant.
10I know't; I thank you. You do love my lord:
11You have known him long; and be you well assured
12. strangeness: aloofness.
12He shall in strangeness stand no further off
13. politic: dictated by wise policy.
13Than in a politic distance.
13Ay, but, lady,
14That policy may either last so long,
15. feed . . . diet: i.e., require so little to keep it alive (nice = trivial). 16. breed itself so out of circumstances: be revived by some accident or other. 17. supplied: filled.
15Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
16Or breed itself so out of circumstances,
17That, I being absent and my place supplied,
18My general will forget my love and service.
19. doubt: fear.
19Do not doubt that; before Emilia here
20I give thee warrant of thy place. Assure thee,
21. friendship: friendly act.
21If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it
22To the last article. My lord shall never rest;
23. watch him tame: keep him awake till he capitulates. talk him out of patience: keep talking until he can't endure it any longer. 24. shrift: confessional.
23I'll watch him tame and talk him out of patience;
24His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
25I'll intermingle every thing he does
26With Cassio's suit. Therefore be merry, Cassio;
27For thy solicitor shall rather die
28. away: up.
28Than give thy cause away.
29Madam, here comes my lord.
Enter OTHELLO and IAGO.
30Madam, I'll take my leave.
31Why, stay, and hear me speak.
32Madam, not now: I am very ill at ease,
33Unfit for mine own purposes.
34Well, do your discretion.
35Ha! I like not that.
35What dost thou say?
36Nothing, my lord: or ifI know not what.
37Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?
38Cassio, my lord! No, sure, I cannot think it,
39That he would steal away so guilty-like,
40Seeing you coming.
40I do believe 'twas he.
41How now, my lord!
42I have been talking with a suitor here,
43A man that languishes in your displeasure.
44Who is't you mean?
45Why, your lieutenant, Cassio. Good my lord,
46If I have any grace or power to move you,
47. present: immediate. reconciliation: repentance.
47His present reconciliation take;
48For if he be not one that truly loves you,
49. in cunning: wittingly.
49That errs in ignorance and not in cunning,
50I have no judgment in an honest face:
51I prithee, call him back.
51Went he hence now?
52Ay, sooth; so humbled
53That he hath left part of his grief with me,
54To suffer with him. Good love, call him back.
55Not now, sweet Desdemon; some other time.
56But shall't be shortly?
56The sooner, sweet, for you.
57Shall't be tonight at supper?
57No, not tonight.
58tomorrow dinner, then?
58I shall not dine at home;
59I meet the captains at the citadel.
60Why, then, tomorrow night; or Tuesday morn;
61On Tuesday noon, or night; on Wednesday morn:
62I prithee, name the time, but let it not
63Exceed three days. In faith, he's penitent;
64. common reason: everyday judgments.
64And yet his trespass, in our common reason
65-66. Save . . . / Out of her best: were it not that, as the saying goes, military discipline . . . more 66. not almost: scarcely. 67. a private check: a private reprimand.
65Save that, they say, the wars must make examples
66Out of her bestis not almost a fault
67To incur a private check. When shall he come?
68Tell me, Othello: I wonder in my soul,
69What you would ask me, that I should deny,
70. mamm'ring: hesitating; wavering about.
70Or stand so mamm'ring on. What! Michael Cassio,
71That came a-wooing with you, and so many a time,
72When I have spoke of you dispraisingly,
73. to do: ado, fuss.
73Hath ta'en your part to have so much to do
74. bring him in: i.e., restore him to your favor.
74To bring him in! Trust me, I could do much,
75Prithee, no more; let him come when he will;
76I will deny thee nothing.
76Why, this is not a boon;
77'Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves,
78Or feed on nourishing dishes, or keep you warm,
79. peculiar profit: personal benefit.
79Or sue to you to do a peculiar profit
80To your own person: nay, when I have a suit
81Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed,
82. poise: weight, heaviness; or equipoise, delicate balance involving hard choice.
82It shall be full of poise and difficult weight
83And fearful to be granted.
83I will deny thee nothing:
84. Whereon: in return for which.
84Whereon, I do beseech thee, grant me this,
85To leave me but a little to myself.
86Shall I deny you? no: farewell, my lord.
87Farewell, my Desdemona: I'll come to thee straight.
88Emilia, come. Be as your fancies teach you;
89Whate'er you be, I am obedient.
Exit [with Emilia].
90. wretch: a term of affectionate endearment.
90Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul,
91. But I do: if I do not.
91But I do love thee! and when I love thee not,
92Chaos is come again.
93My noble lord
93What dost thou say, Iago?
94Did Michael Cassio, when you woo'd my lady,
95Know of your love?
96He did, from first to last: why dost thou ask?
97But for a satisfaction of my thought;
98No further harm.
98Why of thy thought, Iago?
99I did not think he had been acquainted with her.
100O, yes; and went between us very oft.
102Indeed! ay, indeed: discern'st thou aught in that?
103Is he not honest?
103Honest, my lord?
104Honest! ay, honest.
104My lord, for aught I know.
105What dost thou think?
105Think, my lord!
106Think, my lord! By heaven, he echoes me,
107As if there were some monster in his thought
108Too hideous to be shown. Thou dost mean something:
109I heard thee say even now, thou likedst not that,
110When Cassio left my wife: what didst not like?
111. of my counsel: in my confidence.
111And when I told thee he was of my counsel
112In my whole course of wooing, thou criedst "Indeed!"
113And didst contract and purse thy brow together,
114As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain
115. conceit: fancy.
115Some horrible conceit. If thou dost love me,
116Show me thy thought.
117My lord, you know I love you.
117I think thou dost;
118And, for I know thou'rt full of love and honesty,
119And weigh'st thy words before thou givest them breath,
120Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more;
121For such things in a false disloyal knave
122Are tricks of custom, but in a man that's just
123-124. close dilations, working from the heart / that passion cannot rule: i.e., expressions of thoughts growing so strongly from the heart that they cannot be contained.
123They are close dilations, working from the heart
124That passion cannot rule.
124For Michael Cassio,
125I dare be sworn I think that he is honest.
126I think so too.
126Men should be what they seem;
127Or those that be not, would they might seem none!
128Certain, men should be what they seem.
129Why, then, I think Cassio's an honest man.
130Nay, yet there's more in this:
131. as to: with respect to.
131I prithee, speak to me as to thy thinkings,
132As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts
133The worst of words.
133Good my lord, pardon me:
134Though I am bound to every act of duty,
135. that all slaves are free to: that which even a slave is not bound to.
135I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.
136Utter my thoughts? Why, say they are vile and false;
137As where's that palace whereinto foul things
138Sometimes intrude not? Who has a breast so pure,
139. apprehensions: thoughts.
139But some uncleanly apprehensions
140Keep leets and law-days and in session sit
141. With meditations lawful: along with innocent thoughts.
141With meditations lawful?
142. thy friend: i.e., Othello.
142Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
143If thou but think'st him wrong'd and makest his ear
144A stranger to thy thoughts.
144I do beseech you
145. vicious: wrong.
145Though I perchance am vicious in my guess,
146As, I confess, it is my nature's plague
147. jealousy: suspicion of evil.
147To spy into abuses, and oft my jealousy
148. then: on that account.
148Shapes faults that are notthat your wisdom then,
149. one: i.e., myself, Iago. conceits: judges, conjectures.
149From one that so imperfectly conceits,
150Would take no notice, nor build yourself a trouble
151Out of his scattering and unsure observance.
152It were not for your quiet nor your good,
153Nor for my manhood, honesty, or wisdom,
154To let you know my thoughts.
154'Zounds, what dost thou mean?
155Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
156Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
157Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
158'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands:
159But he that filches from me my good name
160Robs me of that which not enriches him
161And makes me poor indeed.
162By heaven, I'll know thy thoughts.
163. if: even if.
163You cannot, if my heart were in your hand;
164Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.
165O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
166It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
167. meat it feeds on: i.e., the heart of the man who suffers it. 168. his wronger: i.e., his faithless wife
167The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss
168Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;
169But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er
170Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!
172Poor and content is rich and rich enough,
173. fineless: boundless.
173But riches fineless is as poor as winter
174To him that ever fears he shall be poor.
175Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend
176Why, why is this?
177Think'st thou I'ld make a life of jealousy,
178To follow still the changes of the moon
179With fresh suspicions? No! to be once in doubt
180. once: once and for all.
180Is once to be resolved. Exchange me for a goat,
181When I shall turn the business of my soul
182. exsufflicate and blown:"blown-up, inflated," or the phrase may mean "spat-out and fly-blown." 183. jealous: suspicious.
182To such exsufflicate and blown surmises,
183Matching thy inference. 'Tis not to make me jealous
184To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company,
185Is free of speech, sings, plays and dances well;
186Where virtue is, these are more virtuous.
187Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw
188. doubt: suspicion. revolt: unfaithfulness.
188The smallest fear or doubt of her revolt;
189For she had eyes, and chose me. No, Iago;
190. prove: test.
190I'll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;
191And on the proof, there is no more but this,
192Away at once with love or jealousy!
193I am glad of it; for now I shall have reason
194To show the love and duty that I bear you
195With franker spirit: therefore, as I am bound,
196Receive it from me. I speak not yet of proof.
197Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio;
198. not: neither. secure: culpably free of anxiety and uneasiness, overconfident.
198Wear your eye thus, not jealous nor secure.
199I would not have your free and noble nature,
200. self-bounty: inherent or natural goodness.
200Out of self-bounty, be abused; look to't.
201I know our country disposition well;
202In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks
203They dare not show their husbands; their best conscience
204Is not to leave't undone, but keep't unknown.
205Dost thou say so?
206She did deceive her father, marrying you;
207And when she seem'd to shake and fear your looks,
208She loved them most.
208And so she did.
208. go to: An expression of impatience.
208Why, go to then;
209. seeming: false appearance.
209She that, so young, could give out such a seeming,
210. seal: blind. (A term from falconry). oak: A close-grained wood.
210To seel her father's eyes up close as oak,
211He thought 'twas witchcraftbut I am much to blame;
212I humbly do beseech you of your pardon
213For too much loving you.
213. bound: indebted.
213I am bound to thee for ever.
214I see this hath a little dash'd your spirits.
215Not a jot, not a jot.
215I' faith, I fear it has.
216I hope you will consider what is spoke
217Comes from my love. But I do see you're moved:
218I am to pray you not to strain my speech
219. issues: significances, conclusions. reach: meaning, scope.
219To grosser issues nor to larger reach
220Than to suspicion.
221I will not.
221Should you do so, my lord,
222. success: effect.
222My speech should fall into such vile success
223As my thoughts aim not at. Cassio's my worthy friend
224My lord, I see you're moved.
224No, not much moved:
225. honest: chaste.
225I do not think but Desdemona's honest.
226Long live she so! and long live you to think so!
227And yet, how nature erring from itself,
228Ay, there's the point: asto be bold with you
229. affect: prefer, desire, look with favor on.
229Not to affect many proposed matches
230. clime: region, country.
230Of her own clime, complexion, and degree,
231Whereto we see in all things nature tends
232. will: sensuality, desire, appetite.
232Foh! one may smell in such, a will most rank,
233. disproportions: abnormality.
233Foul disproportions, thoughts unnatural.
234. in position: i.e., in arguing thus.
234But pardon me; I do not in position
235. Distinctly speak of: refer specifically to.
235Distinctly speak of her; though I may fear
236. recoiling to her better judgment: reverting to a more natural preference. 237. fall to match you with her country forms: happen to compare . . . more 238. happily repent: haply [by chance] repent her marriage.
236Her will, recoiling to her better judgment,
237May fall to match you with her country forms
238And happily repent.
239If more thou dost perceive, let me know more;
240Set on thy wife to observe: leave me, Iago:
241My lord, I take my leave.
242Why did I marry? This honest creature doubtless
243Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds.
244My lord, I would I might entreat your honor
245To scan this thing no further; leave it to time:
246Though it be fit that Cassio have his place,
247For sure, he fills it up with great ability,
248Yet, if you please to hold him off awhile,
249You shall by that perceive him and his means:
250. strain his entertainment: repeatedly urge his reappointment.
250Note, if your lady strain his entertainment
251With any strong or vehement importunity;
252Much will be seen in that. In the mean time,
253Let me be thought too busy in my fears
254As worthy cause I have to fear I am
255. free: guiltless.
255And hold her free, I do beseech your honor.
256. government: conduct, self-control.
256Fear not my government.
257I once more take my leave.
258This fellow's of exceeding honesty,
259. qualities: natures, types, conditions.
259And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit,
260. haggard: wild (a term from falconry meaning a wild female hawk). 261. jesses: leather straps on the hawk's legs . . . more 262. down the wind: To release the hawk downwind was to court its loss. 263. at fortune: at random.
260Of human dealings. If I do prove her haggard,
261Though that her jesses were my dear heartstrings,
262I'ld whistle her off and let her down the wind,
263To prey at fortune. Haply, for I am black
264. soft parts of conversation: pleasing qualities of social behavior. 265. chamberers: gallants.
264And have not those soft parts of conversation
265That chamberers have, or for I am declined
266Into the vale of years,yet that's not much
267She's gone. I am abused; and my relief
268Must be to loathe her. O curse of marriage,
269That we can call these delicate creatures ours,
270And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad,
271And live upon the vapour of a dungeon,
272Than keep a corner in the thing I love
273For others' uses. Yet, 'tis the plague of great ones;
274. Prerogativ'd: privileged (to have honest wives).
274Prerogativ'd are they less than the base;
275'Tis destiny unshunnable, like death:
276. forked plague: the curse of a cuckold's horns.
276Even then this forked plague is fated to us
277. quicken: begin to live.
277When we do quicken. Look where she comes:
Enter DESDEMONA and EMILIA.
278If she be false, O, then heaven mocks itself!
279I'll not believe't.
279How now, my dear Othello!
280. generous: noble.
280Your dinner, and the generous islanders
281By you invited, do attend your presence.
282I am to blame.
282Why do you speak so faintly?
283Are you not well?
284I have a pain upon my forehead here.
285. with watching: from lack of sleep or working late.
285'Faith, that's with watching; 'twill away again:
286Let me but bind it hard, within this hour
287It will be well.
287. napkin: handkerchief.
287Your napkin is too little:
[He puts the handkerchief from him, and it drops.]
288. Let it alone: don't trouble yourself about it.
288Let it alone. Come, I'll go in with you.
289I am very sorry that you are not well.
Exit [with Othello].
290I am glad I have found this napkin:
291This was her first remembrance from the Moor.
292. wayward: capricious.
292My wayward husband hath a hundred times
293Woo'd me to steal it; but she so loves the token,
294For he conjured her she should ever keep it,
295That she reserves it evermore about her
296. work ta'en out: design of the embroidery copied.
296To kiss and talk to. I'll have the work ta'en out,
297And give't Iago: what he will do with it
298Heaven knows, not I;
299. I nothing but: my only thought is. fantasy: fancy, whim.
299I nothing but to please his fantasy.
300How now! what do you here alone?
301Do not you chide; I have a thing for you.
302. common thing: with bawdy suggestion.
302A thing for me? it is a common thing
304To have a foolish wife.
305O, is that all? What will you give me now
306For the same handkerchief?
308Why, that the Moor first gave to Desdemona;
309That which so often you did bid me steal.
310Hast stol'n it from her?
311No, 'faith; she let it drop by negligence.
312. to the advantage: upon the opportunity.
312And, to the advantage, I, being here, took't up.
313Look, here it is.
313A good wench; give it me.
314What will you do with 't, that you have been so earnest
315To have me filch it?
IAGO [Snatching it.]
315Why, what's that to you?
316If it be not for some purpose of import,
317Give't me again: poor lady, she'll run mad
318When she shall lack it.
319. Be not acknown on't: pretend not to know of it.
319Be not acknown on 't; I have use for it.
320Go, leave me.
321I will in Cassio's lodging lose this napkin,
322And let him find it. Trifles light as air
323Are to the jealous confirmations strong
324As proofs of holy writ: this may do something.
325The Moor already changes with my poison:
326. conceits: fancies.
326Dangerous conceits are, in their natures, poisons.
327Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,
328. with a little act: after they have acted for a little while.
328But with a little act upon the blood
329Burn like the mines of sulphur.
329I did say so.
330. mandragora: an opiate, made of the mandrake root.
330Look where he comes! Not poppy, nor mandragora,
331Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world,
332Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
333. owedst: didst own.
333Which thou owedst yesterday.
333Ha! ha! false to me?
334Why, how now, general! no more of that.
335Avaunt! be gone! thou hast set me on the rack:
336I swear 'tis better to be much abused
337Than but to know't a little.
337How now, my lord!
338What sense had I of her stol'n hours of lust?
339I saw't not, thought it not, it harm'd not me:
340. free: carefree.
340I slept the next night well, was free and merry;
341I found not Cassio's kisses on her lips:
342. wanting: missing.
342He that is robb'd, not wanting what is stol'n,
343Let him not know't, and he's not robb'd at all.
344I am sorry to hear this.
345I had been happy, if the general camp,
346. Pioners: the lowest rank of soldier, primarily used for manual labor, such as digging in the mines, not fighting.
346Pioners and all, had tasted her sweet body,
347So I had nothing known. O, now, for ever
348Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content!
349. big: stately.
349Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars,
350That make ambition virtue! O, farewell!
351Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump,
352The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife,
353. quality: character, attributes.
353The royal banner, and all quality,
354. Pride: proud display. pomp: dignity. circumstance: pageantry, ceremonial splendor. 355. mortal: deadly. engines: instruments of war; here, cannon.
354Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!
355And, O you mortal engines, whose rude throats
356The immortal Jove's dread clamours counterfeit,
357Farewell! Othello's occupation's gone!
358Is't possible, my lord?
359Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore;
360Be sure of it; give me the ocular proof:
361Or by the worth of man's eternal soul,
362Thou hadst been better have been born a dog
363Than answer my waked wrath!
363Is't come to this?
364Make me to see't; or, at the least, so prove it,
365. probation: proof.
365That the probation bear no hinge nor loop
366To hang a doubt on; or woe upon thy life!
367My noble lord,
368If thou dost slander her and torture me,
369. remorse: pity.
369Never pray more; abandon all remorse;
370. horrors accumulate: add still more horrors.
370On horror's head horrors accumulate;
371. amazed: utterly confounded.
371Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amazed;
372For nothing canst thou to damnation add
373Greater than that.
373O grace! O heaven forgive me!
374Are you a man? have you a soul or sense?
375. God buy you: God be with you, i.e., goodbye.
375God buy you; take mine office. O wretched fool,
376. vice: flaw, failing.
376That livest to make thine honesty a vice!
377O monstrous world! Take note, take note, O world,
378To be direct and honest is not safe.
379. profit: valuable lesson, profitable. hence: henceforth. 380. sith: since. offense: injury (to the one who loves).
379I thank you for this profit; and from hence
380I'll love no friend, sith love breeds such offence.
381. Thou shouldst be: i.e., all indications point to the fact that you are. (But Iago replies in the sense of ought to be).
381Nay, stay. Thou shouldst be honest.
382I should be wise, for honesty's a fool
383And loses that it works for.
383By the world,
384I think my wife be honest and think she is not;
385I think that thou art just and think thou art not.
386I'll have some proof. Her name, that was as fresh
387. Dian: Diana, goddess of the moon and chastity.
387As Dian's visage, is now begrimed and black
388As mine own face. If there be cords, or knives,
389Poison, or fire, or suffocating streams,
390I'll not endure it. Would I were satisfied!
391I see, sir, you are eaten up with passion:
392I do repent me that I put it to you.
393You would be satisfied?
393Would! nay, I will.
394And may: but, how? how satisfied, my lord?
395. supervisor: onlooker, spectator.
395Would you, the supervisor, grossly gape on
396Behold her topp'd?
396Death and damnation! O!
397It were a tedious difficulty, I think,
398-400. damn . . . own: i.e., to condemn them only if some human eyes other than their own do see them lie together. 399. bolster: go to bed together. 400. More: Other (eyes).
398To bring them to that prospect: damn them then,
399If ever mortal eyes do see them bolster
400More than their own! What then? how then?
401What shall I say? Where's satisfaction?
402. see: i.e., contrive to be an actual witness of.
402It is impossible you should see this,
403. prime: lustful.
403Were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys,
404. salt: wanton, sensual, lecherous. pride: heat.
404As salt as wolves in pride, and fools as gross
405As ignorance made drunk. But yet, I say,
406If imputation and strong circumstances,
407Which lead directly to the door of truth,
408Will give you satisfaction, you may have't.
409Give me a living reason she's disloyal.
410I do not like the office:
411But, sith I am enter'd in this cause so far,
412Prick'd to't by foolish honesty and love,
413I will go on. I lay with Cassio lately;
414And, being troubled with a raging tooth,
415I could not sleep.
416There are a kind of men so loose of soul,
417That in their sleeps will mutter their affairs:
418One of this kind is Cassio:
419In sleep I heard him say "Sweet Desdemona,
420Let us be wary, let us hide our loves";
421. gripe: grip, clasp.
421And then, sir, would he gripe and wring my hand,
422Cry "O sweet creature!" and then kiss me hard,
423As if he pluck'd up kisses by the roots
424That grew upon my lips: then laid his leg
425Over my thigh, and sigh'd, and kiss'd; and then
426Cried "Cursed fate that gave thee to the Moor!"
427O monstrous! monstrous!
427Nay, this was but his dream.
428. foregone conclusion: act already performed.
428But this denoted a foregone conclusion:
429. shrewd doubt: strong reason for suspicion.
429'Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream.
430. thicken: substantiate.
430And this may help to thicken other proofs
431That do demonstrate thinly.
431I'll tear her all to pieces.
432Nay, but be wise: yet we see nothing done;
433She may be honest yet. Tell me but this,
434Have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief
435Spotted with strawberries in your wife's hand?
436I gave her such a one; 'twas my first gift.
437I know not that; but such a handkerchief
438I am sure it was your wife'sdid I today
439See Cassio wipe his beard with.
439If it be that
440If it be that, or any that was hers,
441It speaks against her with the other proofs.
442. the slave: i.e., Cassio.
442O, that the slave had forty thousand lives!
443One is too poor, too weak for my revenge.
444Now do I see 'tis true. Look here, Iago;
445All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven.
447Arise, black vengeance, from thy hollow cell!
448. hearted: established in my heart.
448Yield up, O love, thy crown and hearted throne
449. fraught: freight, burden.
449To tyrannous hate! Swell, bosom, with thy fraught,
450. aspics': venomous serpents'; asps'.
450For 'tis of aspics' tongues!
450Yet be content.
451O, blood, blood, blood!
452Patience, I say; your mind perhaps may change.
453. Pontic Sea: Black Sea.
453Never, Iago: Like to the Pontic sea,
454Whose icy current and compulsive course
455Ne'er feels retiring ebb, but keeps due on
456. Propontic: body of water between the Bosporus and Hellespont.
456To the Propontic and the Hellespont,
457Even so my bloody thoughts, with violent pace,
458Shall ne'er look back, ne'er ebb to humble love,
459. capable; capacious, comprehensive.
459Till that a capable and wide revenge
460. marble: i.e., perhaps shining like marble or enduring, changeless.
460Swallow them up. Now, by yond marble heaven,
461In the due reverence of a sacred vow
462I here engage my words.
462Do not rise yet.
463Witness, you ever-burning lights above,
464. clip: encompass, embrace.
464You elements that clip us round about,
465Witness that here Iago doth give up
466. execution: exercise, action. wit: mind.
466The execution of his wit, hands, heart,
467To wrong'd Othello's service! Let him command,
468-469. And to obey shall be in me remorse, / What bloody business ever: i.e., in Othello's service even the cruellest acts will be as allowable as if they were gentle and prompted by pity (remorse).
468And to obey shall be in me remorse,
469What bloody business ever.
469I greet thy love,
470Not with vain thanks, but with acceptance bounteous,
471And will upon the instant put thee to't:
472Within these three days let me hear thee say
473That Cassio's not alive.
474My friend is dead; 'tis done at your request:
475But let her live.
476. minx: a lewd or wanton woman; (also) a prostitute; a mistress.
476Damn her, lewd minx! O, damn her!
477Come, go with me apart; I will withdraw,
478To furnish me with some swift means of death
479For the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant.
480I am your own for ever.