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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
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    The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 2, 1604)

    Out of my quiet sufferance 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 mo st cruell, those haue vexed spirits
    That pursue liues: in this opinion re st,
    725 The lo s s e of Millions could not moue my bre st.
    Flu. Thou art a ble st man, and with peace doe st deale,
    Such a meeke spirit can ble s s e a common weale.
    Cand. Gentlemen, now tis vpon eating time,
    Pray part not hence, but dyne with me today.
    730 Ca st . I neuer heard a courtier yet say nay
    To such a motion. Ile not be the fir st.
    Pio. Nor I.
    Flu. Nor I.
    Cand. The con stable shall beare you company,
    735 George call him in, let the world say what it can,
    Nothing can driue me from a patient man. (Exeunt.
    Enter Roger with a stoole, cu shin, looking-gla s s e and chafing-di sh .
    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 la st Bella-
    front (as he rubs his cheeke with the cullors, whi stles with-
    Ro. Anon forsooth.
    745 Bell. 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 gla s s e there? and my boxes of complexion?
    Ro. Yes forsooth: your boxes of complexion are
    750here I thinke: yes tis here: her's your two 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