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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)

    A Dumb shew.
    H E drawes a Curtaine, discouering Truth in sad abiliments; vncrownd:
    her haire di sheueld, & sleeping on a Rock: Time (her father) attired like-
    30 wise in black, and al his properties (as Sithe, Howregla s s e and Wings) of the
    same Cullor, vsing all meanes to waken Truth, but not being able to doe it,
    he sits by her and mourns. Then enter Friers, Bi shops, Cardinals before the
    Hearse of a Queen, after it Councellors, Pentioners & Ladies, al these la st ha-
    uing scarfes before their eyes, the other singing in Latin. Trueth suddenly a-
    35 wakens, & beholding this sight, shews (with her father) arguments of Ioy, and
    Exeunt, returning presently: Time being shifted into light Cullors, his pro-
    perties likewise altred into siluer, and Truth Crowned, (being cloathed in a
    robe spotted with Starres) meete the Hearse, and pulling the veiles from the
    Councellers eyes, they woundring a while, and seeming a stoni shed at her
    40 brightnes, at length embrace Truth and Time, & depart with them: leauing
    the re st going on.
    This being done, Enter Titania (the Farie Queene) attended with those
    Councellors, and other persons fitting her e state: Time and Truth meete her,
    presenting a Booke to her, which (ki s s ing it) shee receiues, and shewing it
    45 to those about her, they drawe out their swordes, (embracing Truth,) vowing
    to defend her and that booke: Truth then and Time are sent in, and returne
    presently, driuing before them those Cardinals, Friers &c. (that came in be-
    fore) with Images, Croziar staues &c. They gon, certaine graue learned men,
    that had beene bani shed, are brought in, and presented to Titania, who shewes
    50 to them the booke, which they receiue with great signes of gladne s s e, and
    Exeunt Omnes.