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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
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    The Honest Whore, Part 1 (Quarto 2, 1604)

    Both slaine ith quarrell of your families,
    2805Those scars are now tane off: And I beseech you,
    To seale our pardon, all was to this end
    To turne the ancient hates of your two houses
    To fresh greene friendship: that your Loues might looke:
    Like the springes forehead, comfortably sweete,
    2810And your vext soules in peacefull vnion meete.
    Their bloud will now be yours, yours will be theirs,
    And happinesse shall crowne your siluer haires.
    Flu. You see my Lord theres now no remedy.
    Omn. Beseech your Lordship.
    2815Duk. You beseech faire, you haue me in place fit
    To bridle me, rise Frier, you may be glad
    You can make madmen tame, and tame men mad,
    Since fate hath conquered, I must rest content,
    To striue now would but ad new punishment:
    2820I yeeld vnto your happinesse, be blest,
    Our families, shall henceforth breath in rest.
    Omn. O hapy change.
    Duk. Yours now is my consent.
    I throw vpon your ioyes my full consent.
    2825Bell. Am not I a fine fortune-teller? gods me you are a
    braue man: will not you buy me some Suger plums, for tel-
    ling how the frier was ith well, will you not?
    Duk. Would thou hadst wit thou pretty soule to aske,
    As I haue will to giue.
    2830Bell. Pretty soule! a pretty soule is better than a prety body:
    do not you know my prety soule?
    Mat. You.
    Bell. Looke fine man, nay? I know you all by your noses, he
    was mad for me once, and I was mad for him once, and he
    2835was mad for her once, & were you neuer mad? yes I warrāt.
    Is not your name Matheo. Mat. Yes Lamb.
    Bell: Lamb! baa! am I Lamb? there you lie for I am Mutton,
    I had a fine iewell once, a very fine iewell and that naughty
    man stoale it away from me, fine iewell a very fine iewell.
    2840Duk. What iewell pretty maide.
    Bell. Maide nay thats a lie, O twas a very rich iewell, harke twas (calde
    K 3 a mai-