Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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    Oh, behold,
The riches of the ship is come on shore!
You men of Cyprus, let her have your knees.
90Hail to thee, lady, and the grace of heaven,
Before, behind thee, and on every hand,
Enwheel thee round!
Look, the precious Desdemona has arrived on shore. We should all kneel before her, men of Cyprus! Greetings, my lady, and may God always be with you.

DESDEMONA

I thank you, valiant Cassio.
What tidings can you tell me of my lord?

DESDEMONA

Thank you, brave Cassio. Is there any news about my husband?

CASSIO

95He is not yet arrived. Nor know I aught
But that he’s well and will be shortly here.

CASSIO

He hasn’t arrived yet. As far as I know, he’s okay and will arrive here soon.

DESDEMONA

Oh, but I fear. How lost you company?

DESDEMONA

Oh, but I’m worried. How did you two get separated?

CASSIO

The great contention of the sea and skies
Parted our fellowship—

CASSIO

The storm separated us.

A VOICE

100 (within) A sail, a sail!

A VOICE

(offstage) A sail! A sail!

CASSIO

But, hark! a sail.

CASSIO

Listen, they’ve spotted another ship!
A shot
A gunshot is heard.

SECOND GENTLEMAN

They give this greeting to the citadel.
This likewise is a friend.

SECOND GENTLEMAN

They fired a greeting shot too, so this is also a friendly ship.

CASSIO

    See for the news.

CASSIO

Go find out the news.
Exit a SECOND GENTLEMEN
SECOND GENTLEMAN exits.
Good ancient, you are welcome.—Welcome, mistress.
105 (kisses EMILIA)
Let it not gall your patience, good Iago,
That I extend my manners. 'Tis my breeding
That gives me this bold show of courtesy.
Ensign Iago, welcome.—And welcome to you, too, madam. (he kisses EMILIA) Don’t be upset that I kissed your wife hello, Iago. It’s a courtesy where I come from.