Friday, May 22, 2009

Lawrence Fishbourne as The Moor of Venice

Othello, Act 5, Scene 2
I pray you, in your letters, when you 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, perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand, like the base Indian, 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 medicinal gum. Set you 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. I kiss'd thee ere I kill'd thee, no way but this, killing myself to die upon a kiss.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)


Azel Jones said...

Hot stuff. I do enjoy reading Shakespeare more than listening to it sometimes. Great catch. I enjoyed it.

Tafaraji said...

Thanks, Azel! That Lago was a villainous goat! As for your email, regarding Mike Steele; I'm laughing out loud. It would be an interesting read to see him characterized in a Shakespearean drama. Especially, since Cheney has already been cast as Darth Vader.

D W JazzLover said...

You my Dear Brother are too much! You are keeping me up all night long reading back on your blog...
I love shakespeare, but I like larry too.
Too Much..
Love Brother

Tafaraji said...

I had no idea, nor do I claim your greatness, but we are both similarly born. ;-)