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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)

    The Seafight.
    2695 3. Ki. The sulphurous AEtna belcheth on our ships,
    Cut Cables, or the whole fleete drownes in fire. 1. King. Holla.
    2 Ki. Of Babilon. 1. Ki. What Hulkes ar these, that are on fire?
    3. Ki. The Diuels: the sea's on fire, the Diuel sure takes Tabacco.
    1. King. Wher's Medyna?
    2700 2. King. Close vnder hatches, draes not shew his head.
    3. King. Damnation of such liuerd Generals. Wher's braue
    Ricalde? 2. King. Who?
    3. King. Our Admiral: the Admirall of our Nauy; wise Ricalde.
    2. King. Our stowte and braue Ricalde keepes his bed.
    2705 3. King. All poxes fire him out; Pedro de Valdes
    Hauing about him 50. Canons throates,
    Stretch wide to barke is boarded, taken. 2. King. Taken?
    3. King. Without re si stance: Pyementelly sunke,
    Oquendo burnt, Moncada drown'd or slaine,
    2710 1. King. The ship of all our medicaments is lo st.
    3. King. Dogges eate our medicaments, such are our woundes
    We more shall Sextons neede than Surgeons.
    2. King. What course is be st? 3. King. The be st to get the day,
    Is to hoise sayles vp, and away.
    2715 Omn. Away, away, hoise sailes vp and away.
    3. King. A world of men and wealth lo st in one day. Exeunt.