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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)

    CVRTIZAN .

    Of your supposed death, her owne interment,
    And all those plots, which that false Duke, (her father)
    2265Has wrought again st you: And sheele meete you.
    Hip. O when:
    Doc. Nay see: how couetous are your de sires,
    Earely to morrow morne.
    Hip. O where good father.
    2270 Doc. At Bethlem mona sterie: are you pleasd now?
    Hip, At Bethlem mona sterie: the place well fits,
    It is the scoole where those that loose their wits,
    Practise againe to get them: I am sicke
    Of that disease, all loue is lunaticke.
    2275 Doc. Weele steale away (this night) in some disguise,
    Father Anselmo, a mo st reuerend Frier,
    Expects our comming, before whom weele lay,
    Reasons so strong, that he shall yeeld, in bands,
    Of holy wedlocke, to tie both your hands.
    2280 Hip. This is such happine s s e:
    That to beleeue it. tis impo s sible.
    Doc. Let all your ioyes then die in misbeliefe,
    I will reueale no more.
    Hip. O yes good father,
    2285I am so well acquainted with despaire,
    I know not how to hope: I beleeue all.
    Doc. Weele hence this night, much mu st be done, much (said
    But if the Doctor faile not in his charmes,
    Your Lady shall ere morning fill these armes.
    2290 Hip. heauenly Phi sition: far thy fame shall spred,
    That mak' st two louers speake when they be dead.
    Exeunt.
    Candido's wife, and George: Pioratto
    meetes them.
    2295 Wi. O watch good George, watch which way the Duke (comes.
    Geo. Here comes one of the butter flies, aske him.
    Wi. Pray sir, comes the duke this way.
    Pio. He's vpon comming mi stris. Exit.
    Wi. I thanke you sir: Geroge are there many madfolkes,
    2300where thy Mai ster lies.
    Geor
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