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  • Title: The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 2, 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 2, 1604)

    The converted Curtezan.
    375 Inf. It is vntrue,
    Tis mo st vntrue, O mo st vnnaturall father!
    Duke And we had much to do by Arts be st cunning,
    To fetch life backe againe.
    Doctor Mo st certaine Lady.
    380 Duke Why la you now, you'le not beleeve mee, friends,
    Sweate we not all? had we not much to do?
    2 Ser. Yes indeede my Lord, much.
    Duke Death drew such fearefull pictures in thy face,
    That were Hipolito alive agen,
    385I'de kneele and woo the noble gentleman
    To be thy husband: now I fore repent
    My sharpenes to him, and his family;
    Nay, do not weepe for him, we all mu st die:
    Doctor, this place where she so oft hath seene
    390His lively presence, hurts her, does it not?
    Doctor Doubtle s s e my Lord it does.
    Duke It does, it does:
    Therefore sweete girle thou shalt to Bergamo.
    Inf. Even where you will, in any place theres woe.
    395 Duke A Coach is ready, Bergamo doth stand
    In a mo st wholesome aire, sweete walkes, theres diere,
    I, thou shalt hunt and send vs venison,
    Which like some godde s s e in the Ciprian groves,
    Thine owne faire hand shall strike; sirs, you shall teach her
    400To stand, and how to shoote, I, she shall hunt:
    Ca st off this sorrow. In girle, and prepare
    This night to ride away to Bergamo.
    Inf. O mo st vnhappie maid. Exit.
    Duke Follow her close.
    405No words that she was buried on your lives,
    Or that her gho st walkes now after shees dead;
    Ile hang you if you name a funerall.
    1 Ser. Ile speake Greeke my Lord, ere I speake that dead-
    ly word.
    410 2 Ser. And Ile speake Welch, which is harder then Greek. ( Exeunt.
    Duke Away, looke to her; Doctor Benedict ,
    Did you observe how her complexion altered

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