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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.
    Cand. What's that he saies, pray Gentlemen?
    Lod. Mary he saies we are like to haue the be st wares.
    Cand. The be st wares? all are bad, yet wares doe good,
    1590And like to Surgeons, let sicke Kingdomes blood.
    Bry. Faat a Deuill prate st tow so, a pox on dee, I preddee
    let me see some Hollen, to make Linnen shirts, for feare my
    body be low sie.
    Cand. Indeed I vnder stand no word he speakes.
    1595 Car. Mary, he saies, that at the siege in Holland there was
    much bawdry vsed among the Souldiers, tho they were
    low sie.
    Cand. It may be so, that's likely, true indeed,
    In euery garden, sir, does grow that weed.
    1600 Bry. Pox on de gardens, and de weedes, and de fooles
    cap dere, and de cloutes; heare? doe st make a Hobby-horse
    of me.
    Omnes. Oh fie, he has torne de Cambricke.
    Cand. 'Tis no matter.
    1605 A sto. It frets me to the soule.
    Cand. So doe st not me.
    My Cu stomers doe oft for remnants call,
    These are two remnants now, no lo s s e at all.
    But let me tell you, were my Seruants here,
    1610It would ha co st more.-- Thanke you Gentlemen,
    I vse you well, pray know my shop agen. Exit.
    Omnes. Ha, ha, ha; come, come, let's goe, let's goe. Exeunt.

    Enter Matheo (braue) and Bellafront.
    Mat. How am I suited, Front? am I not gallant, ha?
    1615 Bel. Yes, sir, you are suited well.
    Mat. Exceeding pa s sing well, and to the time.
    Bel. The Taylor has plaid his part with you.
    Mat. And I haue plaid a Gentlemans part with my Tay-
    lor, for I owe him for the making of it.
    1620 Bel. And why did you so, sir?
    Mat. To keepe the fa shion; It's your onely fa shion now
    of your be st ranke of Gallants, to make their Taylors waite

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