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  • Title: The Honest Whore, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1630)
  • Editor: Joost Daalder
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-490-5

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    Author: Thomas Dekker
    Editor: Joost Daalder
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    The Honest Whore, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1630)

    The Hone st Whore.
    As if a man to looke on't were afraide,
    530Nor like a Drapers shop with broad darke shed,
    For hee's no Citizen that hides his head.
    Flat Caps as proper are to Citty Gownes,
    As to Armors Helmets, or to Kings their Crownes.
    Let then the City Cap by none be scornd,
    535Since with it Princes heads haue beene adornd.
    If more the round Caps honor you would know,
    How would this long Gowne with this steeple show?
    Omnes. Ha, ha, ha: mo st vile, mo st vgly.
    Cand. Pray Signior pardon me, 'twas done in ie st.
    540 Bride. A cup of claret wine there.
    1. Wine: yes forsooth, wine for the Bride.
    Car. You ha well set out the Cap, sir.
    Lod. Nay, that's flat.
    Long. A health.
    545 Lod. Since his Cap's round, that
    } The Bride hits
    the Prentice on
    the lips.
    Shall goe round. Be bare,
    For in the Caps praise all of you haue share.
    Lod. The Bride's at cuffes.
    Cand. Oh, peace I pray thee, thus far off I stand, I spied the
    550error of my seruants, she call'd for Claret, and you fill'd out Sacke; that cup giue me, 'tis for an old mans backe, and
    not for hers. Indeed 'twas but mi staken, aske all these
    else.
    Omnes. No faith, 'twas but mi staken.
    555 1. Nay, she tooke it right enough.
    Cand. Good Luke reach her that gla s s e of Claret.
    Here, Mi stris Bride, pledge me there.
    Bride. Now Ile none. Exit Bride.
    Cand. How now?
    560 Lod. Looke what your Mi stris ayles.
    1. Nothing, sir, but about filling a wrong gla s s e, a scuruy
    tricke.
    Cand. I pray you hold your tongue, my seruant there tells
    me she is not well.
    565 Omnes. Step to her, step to her.
    Lodo.