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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 .
    Ans . Thanke you gentlemen.
    Cast . Pray may we see some of those wretched Soules,
    2575That here are in your keeping? Ans . Yes: you shall,
    But gentlemen I mu st disarme you then,
    There are of mad men, as there are of tame,
    All humourd not alike: we haue here some,
    So api sh and phanta stike, play with a fether,
    2580And tho twould greeue a soule, to see Gods image,
    So blemi sht and defac'd, yet do they act
    Such anticke and such pretty lunacies,
    That spite of sorrow they will make you smile:
    Others agen we haue like hungry Lions,
    2585Fierce as wilde Buls, vntameable as flies,
    And these haue oftentimes from strangers sides
    Snatcht rapiers suddenly, and done much harme,
    Whom if youle see, you mu st be weaponle s s e.
    Omn. With all our harts.
    2590 Ans . Here: take these weapons in,
    Stand of a little pray, so, so, tis well:
    Ile shew you here a man that was sometimes,
    A very graue and wealthy Cittizen,
    Has serud a prenti ship to this misfortune,
    2595Bin here seuen yeares, and dwelt in Bergamo.
    Duke. How fell he from his wits?
    Ans . By lo s s e at Sea:
    Ile stand a side, que stion him you alone,
    For if he spy me, heele not speake a word,
    2600Vnle s s e hees throughly vext. Discouers an old man, wrapt in a Net.
    Flu. Alas poore soule.
    Cast . A very old man.
    Duk. God speed father.
    1. Mad. God speed the plough: thou shalt not speed me.
    Pio. We see you old man, for all you daunce in a net.
    2605 1. Mad. True, but thou wilt daunce in a halter, & I shal not (see thee.
    Ans . O, doe not vex him pray.
    Cast . Are you a Fi sherman father?
    1. Mad. No, i'me neither fi sh nor fle sh.
    Flu. What do you with that net then?
    2610 1. Mad. Doe st not see foole! theres a fre sh Salmon in't: if
    you step one foot furder, youle be ouer shoes, for you see ime

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