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Authors: Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton
Editor: Joost Daalder
Peer Reviewed

The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1604)

THE HONEST WHORE.
Out of my quiet sufferaence I did that,
And not of any wrath, had I showne anger,
I should haue then pursude you with the lawe,
And hunted you to shame, as many worldlings
720Doe build their anger vpon feebler groundes,
The mores the pitty, many loose their liues
For scarce so much coyne as will hide their palme:
Which is most cruell, those haue vexed spirits
That pursue liues, in this opinion rest,
725The losse of Millions could not moue my brest.
Flu. Thou art a blest man, and with peace dost deale,
Such a meeke spirit can blesse a common weale.
Cand. Gentlemen, now tis vpon eating time,
Pray part not hence, but dyne with me today.
730Cast. I neuer heard a carter yet say nay
To such a motion. Ile not be the first.
Pio. Nor I,
Flu. Nor I,
Cand. The constable shall beare you company,
735George call him in, let the world say what it can,
Nothing can driue me from a patient man. (Exeunt.
Enter Roger with a stoole, cushin, looking-glasse and chafing-dish,
Those being set downe, he pulls out of his pocket, a violl with
white cullor in it. And 2. boxes, one with white, another red
740 painting, he places all things in order & a candle by thē, singing
with the ends of old Ballads as he does it. At last Bella-
front (as he rubs his cheeke with the cullors, whistles with-
in.
Ro. Anon forsooth.
745Bel. What are you playing the roague about?
Ro. About you, forsooth: I me drawing vp a hole in your
white silke stocking.
Bell. Is my glasse there? and my boxes of complexion?
Ro. Yes forsooth: your boxes of complexion are
750here I thinke: yes tis here: her's your twe complexi-
ons, and if I had all the foure complexions, I should
nere set a good face vpont, some men I see are borne vn-
der hard-fauourd plānets as well as women: zounds I looke
worse