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  • Title: The Whore of Babylon (Quarto, 1607)
  • Editors: Frances E. Dolan, Anna Pruitt

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    Author: Thomas Dekker
    Editors: Frances E. Dolan, Anna Pruitt
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    The Whore of Babylon (Quarto, 1607)


    T He Generall scope of this Drammaticall
    Poem, is to set forth (in Tropicall and
    0.040 shadowed collours) the Greatnes, Magna-
    nimity, Con stancy, Clemency, and other
    the incomparable Heroical vertues of our
    late Queene And (on the contrary part)
    the inueterate malice, Treasons, Ma-
    0.045 chinations Vnderminings, & continual blody stratagems of that
    Purple whore of Roome, to the taking away of our Princes liues,
    and vtter extirpation of their Kingdomes. Wherein if accor-
    ding to the dignity of the Subiect, I haue not giuen it Lu stre,
    and (to vse the Painters rhethorick) doe so faile in my Depthes
    0.050 & Heightnings, that it is not to the life, let this excuse me, that
    the Pyramides vpon whose top the glorious Raigne of our de-
    ceased Soueraigne was mounted, stands yet so high, and so sharp-
    ly pointed into the clouds, that the Art of no pen is able to
    reach it. The streame of her Vertues is so immēsurable, that the
    0.055 farther they are waded into, the farther is it to the bottom.
    In sayling vpon which two contrary Seas, you may obserue,
    on how direct a line I haue steered my course: for of such a scant-
    ling are my words set downe, that neither the one party speakes
    too much, nor the other (in opppo sition) too little in their owne
    0.060 defence.
    And whereas I may, (by some more curions in censure, then
    sound in iudgement) be Critically taxed, that I fal si fie the ac-
    count of time, and set not down Occurrents, according to their
    true succe s s ion, let such (that are so nice of stomach) know, that
    0.065 I write as a Poet, not as an Hi storian, and that these two doe not