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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.
    Omnes. Swagger: and make him doo't on his knees.
    2280 Cand. How, Bots? now ble s s e me, what doe I with Bots?
    no wine in sooth, no wine, good Ma ster Bots.
    Bots. Gray-beard, Goats pizzle: 'tis a health, haue this
    in your guts, or this, there: I will sing a bawdy song, sir, be-
    cause your vergis face is melancholly, to make liquor goe
    2285downe glib: will you fall on your maribones, and pledge
    this health, 'tis to my Mi stris, a whore?
    Cand. Here's Ratsbane vpon Ratsbane: Ma ster Bots, I
    pray, sir, pardon me: you are a Soldier, pre s s e me not to this
    seruice, I am old, and shoot not in such pot-gunnes.
    2290 Bots. Cap, Ile teach you.
    Cand. To drinke healths, is to drinke sickne s s e: Gentle-
    men, pray rescue me.
    Bots. Zounds, who dare?
    Omnes. We shall ha stabbing then?
    2295 Cand. I ha reckonings to ca st vp, good Ma ster Bots.
    Bots. This will make you ca st em vp better.
    Lod. Why does your hand shake so?
    Cand. The pal sie, Signiors, danceth in my blood.
    Bots. Pipe with a pox, sir, then, or Ile make your blood
    Cand. Hold, hold, good Ma ster Bots, I drinke.
    Omnes. To whom?
    Cand. To the old Counte s s e there.
    Hors . To me, old Boy? this is he that neuer drunke wine:
    2305once agen too't.
    Cand. With much adoe the poison is got downe,
    Tho I can scarce get vp; neuer before
    Dranke I a whores health, nor will neuer more.

    Enter Orlando with Lawnes.
    2310 Mat. Ha st bin at Gallowes?
    Orl. Yes, sir, for I make account to suffer to day.
    Mat. Looke, Signior: here's the Commodity.
    Cand. Your price?
    Mat. Thus.