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Othello

Act IV, Scene 3

Another room In the castle. Enter OTHELLO, LODOVICO, DESDEMONA, EMILIA and Attendants
 
LODOVICO
I do beseech you, sir, trouble yourself no further.
 
OTHELLO
O, pardon me: 'twill do me good to walk.
 
LODOVICO
Madam, good night; I humbly thank your ladyship.
 
DESDEMONA
Your honor is most welcome.
 
OTHELLO
Will you walk, sir?
O,--Desdemona,--
 
DESDEMONA
My lord?
 
OTHELLO
Get you to bed on the instant; I will be returned forthwith: dismiss your attendant there: look it be done.
 
DESDEMONA
I will my lord.
 
[Exeunt OTHELLO, LODOVICO, and Attendants]
 
EMILIA
            ,        ,         ,      ,            2    ,
      How goes | it now?| He looks | gentler | than he did.
 
DESDEMONA
           ,         ,        ,       ,      ,
      He says | he will | return | incon|tinent:
           ,        ,       ,       ,       ,
      He hath | comman|ded me | to go | to bed,
            ,     ,           ,     ,
      And bade | me to | dismiss | you.
 
EMILIA
                                              ,
                                        Dis|miss me?
 
DESDEMONA
       ,    2       ,          ,           ,     , 2
5     It was his | bidding:| therefore | good E|milia,
        ,            ,       ,         ,       ,
      Give me | my night|ly wea|ring, and | adieu.
           ,         ,         ,           o
      We must | not now | displease | him.
 
EMILIA
          ,        2     ,       ,         o
      I would | you had ne|ver seen | him.        tetrameter?
 
DESDEMONA
        2       ,    ,         ,          ,      ,
      So would not | I: my | love doth | so ap|prove him,
           ,    2      ,        ,           ,            ,
10    That e|ven his stub|bornness,| his checks,| his frowns,
        ,     2    ,     2         ,          ,       ,
      (Prithee un|pin me) have | grace and | favor | in them.
 
EMILIA
       2       ,             ,           ,        ,        ,
      I have laid | those sheets | you bade | me on | the bed.
 
DESDEMONA
         T   T     T     ,            ,      3   3      ,
      All's one: good | Father,| how foo|lish are our minds?
         ,       ,        ,     ,           ,
      If I | do die | before,| prithee | shroud me
          ,      2        ,       T
15    In one | of those same | sheets.
 
EMILIA
                                        T     T          ,
                                      Come, come:| you talk.
 
DESDEMONA
          ,       ,        ,            ,     ,
      My mo|ther had | a maid | called Bar|bara:
       ,     2       ,          ,         T      T    T
      She was in | love: and | he she | loved proved mad,
           ,         ,          ,       2    ,        ,
      And did | forsake | her. She | had a song | of wil||low,
          ,             ,     ,    2      ,           ,
20    An old | thing 'twas:| but it ex|pressed her | fortune,
                  ,   ,        ,          ,        ,
      And she / died sin|ging it.| That song | tonight,
            ,         ,         ,     2       ,        ,
      Will not | go from | my mind:| I have much | to do,
                ,   ,         ,              ,    ,
      But to / go hang | my head | all at / one side
            ,                ,   ,         ,      2     ,
      And sing | it like / poor Bar|bara: Pri|thee dispatch.
 
EMILIA
Shall I go fetch your night-gown?
 
DESDEMONA
No, unpin me here, this Lodovico is a proper man.
 
EMILIA
A very handsome man.
 
DESDEMONA
He speaks well.
 
EMILIA
I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.
 
DESDEMONA [Singing]  [Amphibrach?]
            ,               ,         2   ,         __
25    The poor soul | sat sighing | by a syca|more tree,
            ,        ,    ,   ,   o   oo
      Sing^all a | green wil|low:   |
            ,            ,            ,            __
      Her hand on | her bosom,| her head on | her knee,
            ,       .  ,       .  ,       oo
      Sing^willow,|   willow,|   willow:|
            ,                  ,            ,              ___
      The fresh streams*| ran by her,| and murmured | her moans;
            ,       .  ,       .  ,       oo
30    Sing^willow,|   willow,|   willow:
            ,                 ,             ,               __
      Her salt tears*| fell from her,| and softened | the stones;
 
[Singing]
            ,       .  ,       .  ,       oo
      Sing^willow,|   willow,|   willow:|     (Lay by these)
            ,       .  ,       .  ,       oo
      Sing^willow,|   willow,|   willow:      (Prithee hie thee: he'll come anon)
 
[Singing]
            ,             ,             ,          __
      Sing^all a | green willow | must be my | garland.
           ,        ,               ,          ___
35    Let nobo|dy blame him;| his scorn I | approve.
 
      (Nay that's not next. Hark, who is it that knocks?)
 
EMILIA
      It's the wind.
 
DESDEMONA [Singing]
           ,               ,                ,             __
      I called my | love false love;| but what said | he then?
            ,       .  ,       .  ,       oo
      Sing^willow,|   willow,|   willow:
         ,                ,               ,            ,   ,
      If I court | more* women,| you'll couch with | more men.
          ,           ,           ,            ,         ,
      So get | thee gone;| good night:| mine eyes | do itch;
             ,          ,       2
40    Doth that | bode^wee|ping?
 
EMILIA
                                       ,         ,          ,
                                 'Tis nei|ther here | nor there.
 
DESDEMONA
       2       ,          ,        ,          ,           ,
      I have heard | it said | so. O | these men,| these men!
             ,        ,            ,       ,    2   , 2
      Dost thou | in con|science think |(tell me E|milia)
        ,       2      ,       ,     ,           ,
      That there be | women | do a|buse their | husbands
      <-2       T    T     T
45       In | such gross kind?
 
EMILIA
           2     ,      ,          ,
      There be some | such, no | question.
 
DESDEMONA
                ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      Wouldst thou | do such | a deed | for all | the world?
 
EMILIA
       ,            T   T
      Why, would | not you?
 
DESDEMONA
                             T     2       x         ,
                            No,| by this heaven|ly light.
 
EMILIA
          ,    ,         ,         ,          ,
50    Nor I | neither,| by this | heaven|ly light;
          ,      ,           ,      2      ,
      I might | do it | as well | in the dark.
 
DESDEMONA
                ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      Wouldst thou | do such | a deed | for all | the world?
 
EMILIA
             ,          ,      ,                  ,     ,
      The world's | a huge | thing: it | is a / great price.
                ,     ,
      For a / small vice.
 
DESDEMONA
                               ,         ,         2         ,
55                        In troth,| I think | thou wouldst not.
 
EMILIA
In troth, I think I should; and undo it when I had done. Marry, I would not do such a thing for a joint-ring, nor for measures of lawn, nor for gowns, petticoats, nor caps, nor any petty exhibition; but for the whole world,--why, who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch? I should venture purgatory for it.
 
DESDEMONA
Beshrew me, if I would do such a wrong for the whole world.
 
EMILIA
Why the wrong is but a wrong in the world: and having the world for your labour, tis a wrong in your own world, and you might quickly make it right.
 
DESDEMONA
         ,         ,          2   ,      ,     ,
      I do | not think | there is a|ny such | woman.
 
EMILIA
Yes, a dozen; and as many to the vantage as would store the world they played for.
          ,        ,         ,          ,            ,
      But I | do think | it is | their hus|bands' faults
           ,          ,      ,      2         ,            ,
      If wives | do fall:| (say that they | slack their | duties,
            ,          ,         ,     ,         ,
      And pour | our trea|sures in|to for|eign laps,
           ,           ,        ,        ,       ,
60    Or else | break^out | in pee|vish jea|lousies,
        ,             ,          x         ,               x
      Throwing | restraint | upon us;| or say | they strike us,
           ,          ,       ,       ,       ,
      Or scant | our for|mer ha|ving in | despite)
           ,          ,            ,          ,           ,
      Why we | have galls,| and though | we have | some grace,
            ,         ,        ,          ,          ,
      Yet have | we some | revenge.| Let hus|bands know
              ,            ,            ,          ,          ,
65    Their wives | have sense | like them:| they see | and smell
            ,           ,         ,          ,           ,
      And have | their pa|lates both | for sweet | and sour,
          ,          ,          ,        ,          ,
      As hus|bands have.| What is | it that | they do,
        ,            ,            ,         ,        ,
      When they | change us | for o|thers? Is | it sport?
          ,         ,         ,       ,            x
      I think | it is:| and doth | affec|tion breed it?
          ,          ,      2     ,               ,    ,
70    I think | it doth:| is it frail|ty that / thus errs?
          ,       ,          ,     ,    2    ,
      It is | so too.| And have | not we af|fections?
          ,           ,           ,             ,    ,
      Desires | for sport?| And frail|ty, as / men have?
            ,          ,         ,          ,           ,
      Then let | them use | us well:| else let | them know,
            ,        ,           ,        ,          ,
      The ills | we do,| their ills | instruct | us so.
 
DESDEMONA
             ,            ,
75    Good night,| good night:
       ,        ,        ,       __
      Heaven | me such | uses | send,
       ,         T   T     T    ___
      Not to | pick bad, from | bad;
           ,          ,
      But by | bad,^mend.
 
[Exeunt]

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