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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.
    But when they stand mo st ill, that foure-squared sinne
    Has almo st lodg'd vs in the beggers Inne.
    Be sides (to speake which euen my soule does grieue)
    640A sort of Rauens haue hung vpon thy sleeue,
    And fed vpon thee: good Mat. (if you please) so base as
    Scorne to spread wing among st these;
    By them thy fame is speckled, yet it showes
    Cleare among st them; so Crowes are faire with Crowes.
    645Cu stome in sinne, giues sinne a louely dye.
    Blackne s s e in Mores is no deformity.
    Mat. Bellafront, Bellafront, I prote st to thee, I sweare, as I
    hope my soule, I will turne ouer a new leafe, the prison I confe s s e has bit me, the be st man that sayles in such a Ship, 650may be lowsy.
    Bel. One knockes at doore.
    Mat. Ile be the Porter: they shall see, a Iayle cannot hold
    a braue spirit, Ile flye hye. Exit.
    Bel. How wilde is his behauiour! oh, I feare
    655He's spoyld by prison, he's halfe damned comes there,
    But I mu st sit all stormes: when a full sayle his
    Fortunes spred, he loued me: being now poore,
    Ile beg for him, and no wife can doe more.

    Enter Matheo, and Orlando like a Seruingman.
    660 Mat. Come in pray, would you speake with me, sir?
    Orl. Is your name Signior Matheo?
    Mat. My name is Signior Matheo.
    Orl. Is this Gentlewoman your wife, sir?
    Mat. This Gentlewoman is my wife, sir.
    665 Orl. The De stinies spin a strong and euen thread of both
    your loues: the Mothers owne face, I ha not forgot that, I'm
    an old man, sir, & am troubled with a whoreson salt rhewme,
    that I cannot hold my water. Gentlewoman, the la st man I
    serued was your Father.
    670 Bel. My Father? any tongue that sounds his name,
    Speakes Mu sicke to me: welcome good old man.
    How does my father? liues he? has he health?

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