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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 Whore of Babylon.
    Plai. Yonder's one infection new broke out, if it be not stopt
    From running, will choake vs all.
    Time,Name it, ile minister the remedie.
    Plai. Time may do it, this tis: A Broker and his wife that dropt
    2665out of the Hangmans budget but last day, are now eating into the
    Camp, and are victualers to it: their very Cannes haue hoopes of
    gold lace now, that hangd Captaines Ierkins all or'e but yester-
    day: 15. Liefetenants haue eaten vp their buffe Ierkins with
    cheese and mustard: Nay this villaine of fourescore ith hundred
    2670has set vp three Armourers shops with harnesse caps, and pewter
    coates, that are linde cleane out with Ale: the Rogue lies euery
    night vpon as many fethers which grew in souldiers hats, as will
    vndooe foure hundred Schoolemasters to hire them for their boyes
    to goe a feasting,
    2675Time, Breede such disorders mongst the souldiers?
    Play. They swarme like lyce: nay his wife tickels it too, for
    three Muskateeres came but to drinke Tabacco in her cabbin, and
    she fired their flaskes and tuch-boxes.
    Time, Goe ridde the Camp of these, and al like these.
    2680Play. If any souldier swere ile casheere him too.
    Time, You will scarce leaue two in the Army then.
    Play. What shall I doe with those Pyoners yonder?
    Ti. You know the ground, lead them to cast vp trenches. Away.
    Play. They are by this time leading one another, for when I
    2685left them, I left them all casting, ile now goe see what it comes
    to.
    Exit.
    Time, Ile flie hence to the fleete of Babylon,
    And from their tacklings and their maine-mast tops.
    Time shal shoote vengeance through his bow of steele,
    2690Wedge like to split their Nauie to the keele.
    Ile cut their Princes downe as blades of grasse,
    As this glasse, so the Babilonian power,
    The higher shall runne out to fill the lower.
    Exit.
    The Seafight.
    26953. Ki. The sulphurous Ætna 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. King. The