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ACT V LOD. What, not to pray?
Sc. II GRA.

Torments will ope your lips.
Oth. Well, thou dost best.
Lod. Sir, you shall understand what hath befall’n,

Which, as I think, you know not. Here is a letter
Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo ;
And here another: the one of them imports
The death of Cassio to be undertook

By Roderigo.
OTH, O Villain !
Cas.
Most heathenish and most gross

! LOD. Now here's another discontented

paper,
Found in his pocket too; and this, it seems,
Roderigo meant to have sent this damned villain ;
But that, belike, Iago in the interim

Came in and satisfied him.
Отн. .

0, the pernicious Caitiff! How came you, Cassio, by that handkerchief

That was my wife's ?
Cas.

I found it in my chamber :
And he himself confess'd but even now
That there he dropp'd it for a special purpose,

Which wrought to his desire.
Отн. .

O fool! fool! fool!
Cas. There is, besides, in Roderigo's letter,

How he upbraids Iago, that he made him
Brave me upon the watch ; whereon it came
That I was cast: and even but now he spake,
After long seeming dead, Iago hurt him,

Iago set him on.
LOD. You must forsake this room, and go with us :

and

your command is taken off,
And Cassio rules in Cyprus. For this slave,
If there be any cunning cruelty
That can torment him much and hold him long,
It shall be his. You shall close prisoner rest,
Till that the nature of your fault be known

To the Venetian State. Come, bring away.
Oth. Soft you! a word or two before you go.

I have done the State some service, and they know 't ;

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No more of that. I pray you, in your
When

you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak
Of one that lov'd not wisely, but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought,
Perplex'd in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes,
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinable

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down this;
And say besides, that in Aleppo once,
Where a malignant and a turban’d Turk
Beat a Venetian and traduc'd the State,
I took by the throat the circumcised dog,
And smote him—thus.

[stabs himself.
LOD. O bloody period !
GRA.

All that's spoke is marr’d. OTH. I kiss'd thee ere I kill'd thee: no way but this, Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.

[falls on the bed, and dies. Cas. This did I fear, but thought he had no weapon;

For he was great of heart.
Lod. [to Iago.]

O Spartan Dog, .
More fell than anguish, hunger, or the Sea !
Look on the tragic loading of this bed;
This is thy work: the object poisons sight;
Let it be hid. Gratiano, keep the house,
And seize upon the fortunes of the Moor,
For they succeed on you. To you, Lord Governor,
Remains the censure of this hellish villain,
The time, the place, the torture; O, enforce it!
Myself will straight aboard, and to the State
This heavy act with heavy heart relate. [exeunt.

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PERSONS REPRESENTED

MARK ANTONY:
OCTAVIUS CÆSAR: TRIUMVIRS.
M. ÆMILIUS LEPIDUS:
SEXTUS POMPEIUS.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS:
VENTIDIUS:
EROS:
SCARUS:

FRIENDS TO ANTONY.
DERCETAS:
DEMETRIUS:
PHILO:
MECENAS:
AGRIPPA:
DOLABELLA:
PROCULEIUS:

FRIENDS TO CÆSAR.
THYREUS:
GALLUS:
MENAS:
MENECRATES FRIENDS TO POMPEY.
VARRIUS:
TAURUS: LIEUTENANT-GENERAL TO CÆSAR,
CANIDIUS: LIEUTENANT-GENERAL TO ANTONY.
SILIUS: AN OFFICER IN VENTIDIUS'S ARMY.
EUPHRONIUS: AN AMBASSADOR FROM ANTONY TO CÆSAR.
ALEXAS:
MARDIAN, A EUNUCH:

ATTENDANTS ON CLEOPATRA.
SELEUCUS:
DIOMEDES:
A SOOTHSAYER. A Clown.

CLEOPATRA: QUEEN OF EGYPT.
OCTAVIA: SISTER TO CÆSAR, AND WIFE TO ANTONY.
CHARMIAN AND IRAS: ATTENDANTS ON CLEOPATRA.

OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, MESSENGERS, AND OTHER ATTENDANTS.

SCENE-In several Parts of the Roman Empire.

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