Thomas Dekker.

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and tis thought that his next hunting shall bee



26o LANTHORNE AND CANDLE-LIGHT

The trick betweene Lumbard-streete and the Gold-smithes
of ring- JiQ^g in Chsape-side : Thus much for his out-
ch^e-es ^^^^ parts, now you shall have him unrip'd, and
see his inward.

This Jacke in a Boxe, or this Devill in mans
shape, wearing (like a player on a Stage) good
cloathes on his backe, comes to a Golde-s?nithes
Stall, to a Drapers^ a Haberdashers, or into any
other shop where he knows good store of silver
faces are to be scene. And there drawing
foorth a faire new box, hammered all out of
Silver Plate, hee opens it, and powres foorth
twentie or forty Twentie-shiUing-peeces in
Nezu-golde. To which heape of Worldly-
Jemptation, thus much hee addes in words, that
either he him-selfe, or such a Gentleman (to
whom he belongs) hath an occasion for foure or
five dales to use fortie pound. But because he
is verie shortly, (nay he knowes not how
suddenly) to travaile to Venice, to Jerusalem or
so, and would not willingly be disfurnished of
Golde^ he dooth therefore request the Cittizen
to lend (upon those Forty tzventy shilling peeces)
so much in white money (but for foure, five or
sixe daies at most) and for his good-will he
shall receive any reasonable satisfaction. The
Cittizen (knowing the pawne to be better then
a Bond) powres downe fortie pound in silver;
the other drawes it, and leaving so much golde
in Hostage, marcheth away with Bag and
Baggage.

Five daies being expired, Jacke in a box,
(according to his Bargaine) being a man ot his
word comes againe to the Shop or stall (at



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which hee angles for fresh Fish) and there Ringing
casting out his line with the silver hooke, thats the
to say, pouring out the forty pound which hee


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