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  • Title: The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1604)
  • Editor: Joost Daalder
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-490-5

    Copyright Digital Renaissance Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Authors: Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton
    Editor: Joost Daalder
    Peer Reviewed

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

    THE HONEST WHORE .

    As Par sley from a roa sted cunny.
    2340 So tho the day be nere so sunny,
    If wiues will haue it raine, downe then it driues,
    The calmest husbands make the stormest wiues,
    Wif. Tame George, but I ha don storming now.
    Geo. Why thats well done, good mi stris throw a side this
    2345fa shion of your humor, be not so phanta sticall in wearing it,
    storme no more, long no more.--This longing has made you
    come short of many a good thing that you might haue had
    from my Mai ster: Here comes the Duke.
    Enter Duke, Fluello, Pioratto, Sinere.
    2350 Wife. Oh I beseech you pardon my offence,
    In that I dur st abuse your Graces warrant,
    Deliuer foorth my husband good my Lord.
    Duke. Who is her husband?
    Flu. Candido my Lord, Duke. Where is he?
    2355 Wif. Hees among the lunaticks,
    He was a man made vp without a gall,
    Nothing could moue him, nothing could conuert
    His meeke bloud into fury, yet like a mon ster,
    I often beate at the mo st con stant rock
    2360Of his vn shaken patience, and did long
    To vex him. Duk. Did you so?
    Wife. And for that purpose,
    Had warrant from your Grace, to cary him
    To Bethlem Mona stery, whence they will not free him,
    2365Without your Graces hand that sent him in.
    Duke. You haue longd fayre; tis you are mad I feare,
    Its fit to fetch him thence, and keepe you there:
    If he be mad, why would you haue him forth?
    Geo. And please your grace, hees not starke mad, but one-
    2370ly talkes like a young Gentleman, somewhat phanta stically,
    thats all: theres a thousand about your court, citty and
    countrie madder then he.
    Duk. Prouide a warrant, you shall haue our hand.
    Geo. Heres a warrant ready drawne my Lord.
    2375 Cast . Get pen & Inck, get pen & inck: Enter Ca struchio.
    Cast Where is my Lord the Duke?
    Duke. How now? more mad men.
    Cast .
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