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

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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 .

    Fluello youle stay here, let vs be gon,
    The ground that fraighted louers tread vpon,
    Is stuke with thornes.
    2500 Ans . Come then, away: tis meete,
    To escape those thornes, to put on winged feete. Exeunt.
    Mat. No words I pray Fluello, for it stands vs vpon.
    Flu. Oh sir, let that be your le s s on.
    Alas poore louers, on what hopes and feares,
    2505Men to s s e themselues for women. when shees got
    The be st has in her that which pleaseth not.
    Enter to Fluello, the Duke, Ca struchio, Pioratto and
    Sinezi from seuerall dores muffled.
    Duk. whose there! Ca st . My Lord.
    2510 Duk. Peace, send that Lord away,
    A Lord ship will spoile all, lets be all fellowes.
    Whats he.
    Ca st . Fluello, or els Sinezi by his little legs.
    Omn. All friends, all friends.
    Duk. What! met vpon the very point of time,
    2515Is this the place. Pio. This is the place my Lord.
    Duke. Dreame you on Lord shps! come no more Lordes: (pray
    You haue not seene these louers yet.
    Omn. Not yet.
    Duk. Ca struchio art thou sure this wedding feate,
    Is not till afternoone?
    2520 Ca str. So tis giuen out my Lord.
    Duk. Nay, nay, tis like, theeues mu st obserue their houres,
    Louers watch minuts like A stronomers,
    How shall the Interim houres by vs be spent,
    Flu. Lets all goe see the madmen.
    2525 Omn. Mas content. Enter Towne like a sweeper.
    Duk. Oh here comes one, que stion him, que stion him.
    Flu. How now hone st fellow do st thou belong to the house.
    Tow. yes forsooth, I am one of the implements; I swepe the
    madmens roomes, and fetch straw for em, and buy chaines
    2530to tie em, and rods to whip em, I was a mad wag my selfe here
    once, but I thanke father Anselm he la sht me into my right (minde agen.
    Duk. Anselmo is the Frier mu st marry them,
    Que stion him where he is,
    Ca st .
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