interj.1.An exclamation contracted from God's wounds; - used as an oath.
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Ha, 'swounds, I should take it; for it cannot be But I am pigeon-livered and lack gall.
anaphora; parison] Hah, 'swounds, I should take it; [interjection] A: for it cannot be but I am pigeon-liver'd, B: And lack gall to make oppression bitter, [lacking gall; antithesis; parallelism] Or ere this I should 'a' fatted all the region kites with this slave's offal [i.
When Othello arrives to break up the drunken brawl which Iago has engineered in Act II, Montano immediately tells him, in F: 'Swounds, I bleed still.