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But to proceed ; some thought there would not be

Good mirth w/thout faire wenches companie, 2608 To make good

And therfore had provided, a forehand,

Of Aviues & maides a iust proportiond band

In number to tliQ men of vs ; each on[e]

Might have his wench vnto himself e alone. 2G12 a wench was

I that, tiU afterwarde^, not comprehended

"Whereto this meeting chieflie Avas intended,

But thought indeed the only true intent

To spend the time in honest merriment, — 2616

"Went 'mongst the thickest, & had intercourse

In many a mad & sensuall discourse.

Among the women Idnde a wife ther was. Among them

was a married

Her name I could not learne, I therfore passe 2620 woman.

It over ; but a fained one to frame.

Call her Yeneria, that 's the fittest name.

Tliis wife, w7«'ch wrth tM maides did holde her walke,

I chanc'd to overhear in her lewde talke, 2624 whom i wiuoau


How she did them by argumente-5 pe?-swade

To vse tliB pleasm-e of the com??ion trade,

I will repeat, that you may iudge w/th me,

"Women moste prone to filthy luxurie. 2628

" My friende^;," quoth she, " first, all of you must knowe.

Good things more conuHon doe the better grow ;

For 'tis an axiome in morality, who persuaded

"W/i/ch you must all beheve for verity. 2632 lust.

If, then, community doe goodnesse adde

To actions that are good, who 'd be so mad

To lose the vertue of tliis common good

"When 't may be purchasde without losse of blood ? 2636



[sat. 6.

To do a friend
a pleasure is a
good deed.

or, as we call it,
"a good turn."

Secret lechery is
less sinful than

[leaf 30, back]

Her lewd dis-
course made my
ears glow.

but " I bit in my
tongue" for the
sake of peace,

and because I
wanted to see
the end.

We had music
and good cheer.

For that 'tis good, I think you '1 not deny,

Or if you doe, then thus I doe replie : —

To doe OUT friend a pleasur 's a good deed,

If it be done for love, & not for meed ; 2G40

To doe an act that addes to ouv delight

Is it not good 1 what foole will once deny 't 1

Besides, the name importes it to be good.

For we a good turne call it. 'With my blood, 2644

If aU tWs be to weake, I wiU maintaine

Ther 's none of all ouv sexe that would refraine

To vse the pleasure of tliis knowne delight,

If fear did not restraine their appetite. 2648

And this I holde, that secret letcherie

Is a lesse sinne then close hypocrisie.

A preacher tolde me that the action wrouglit

(Because more seldome then the wandring thought)

Is not soe great a fault, soe we chuse time 2053

And place convenient to conceile out crime ;

And that we ydU not want, nor lusty boyes

Able to give a wench her fill of loyes. 2056

Then to it, lasses, when you have desire,

'Tis dangerous to suppresse a flaming lire ! "

To hear this lewdnesse both mine eares did glow.

But I bit in my tongTie, lest there should grow 2600

Some discontentment 'mongst them by my speach,

W/i/ch happily might have procur'de a breach

Among vs ; & indeed soe much the rather.

Because by circumstances I did gather 2064

"WTierfore this meeting was, & did intend

to observe aU vnto the very end.

By this time we th' appointed place attainde,
Where straight with welcomes we were entertaind. 2668
Musicke Avas sent for, & good chear preparde,
W/th w/i^'ch more like to Epicures we farde
Then Christianes ; plenty of wine & creame
Did even vpon oi(v table seeme to streame, 2072

SAT. 6.]



W/tli other dainties. Not a fullers boy

Eut -w/tli tlic relicks of oiiv feast did. cloy

Hi?! luuigry stomach. After this rej^ast

(W/«/ch feast "\v/th many a bandy song was gracd) 2670

Some fell to dauncing (& dauncing is a cause

That many vnto fornication drawes),

In yvh Ich lasci'sdons kinde of merriment,

Till the darke evening did approch, we spent 2080

The lightsome day. But now the time drew nigh

That was comprisd'e to act their villany ;

And therfore after candles were brought in

(For then the night grew on) we did beginne 2084

The fidlers to discharge, who being gone,

There straight was held a consultation.

In w/;/ch, when each man had his wench assignde.

The fdthinesse of this lewde act to blinde 2688

AY/th darkenesse, all the candles were put out,

"\Y/i/ch favozmng my intent, I left the rout.

And closely stole away, ha\dng defraide

A great part of the reckning ; which I paide 2092

Whilst they were all full busie in the darke,

Because they should not think I came to sharke

Only for vittailes. How the rest agreed,

ludge you w7;/ch doe this true narration read. 2096

But leaving this mad crew, I have to say

Somewhat of baweles, clieife acto^rs in this play.

Gabrina, in her youth a pretty ducke,
Hath been, they say, as good as ever strucke. 2700

It was her fortune (long she could not tarry
'Cause she was faire) with a rich foole to marrie.
I call him foole, because he let her have
Her minde soe much, that he became her slave 2704
To his vndooing. She must keep her coach.
Consort w/th ladies ; each ncAv set abroach
Fantastiq«c fashion w7^/ch she did affect,
His gold must flie for; yet she did resj^ect 2708

After the feast
some fell to
danoinfr, wliich
lasted till dark.

When the candles
were brnuslit in
tlie fiddlers were

As soon as the
lights were jnit
out I escaped.

Gabrina married
a rich fool.

[leaf 31]

She kept her
coacli and con-
sorted with



[sat. 6.

Her pride and
brouglit him to
beggary, ami
broke his heart.

In their age she
and her sister
hire out a crew
of whores.

These bawds up-
hold their state

by keeping wives
as well as com-
mon whores.

AVhen a man
comes in, thoy
show the cheapest
wares first.

Others above him, vpon whom she spent

His wealth ; her lust his care could not prevent.

Thus soone her pride & sensuality

Brought him vnto disgrace & beggery, 2712

Till griefe for her lewd life, liis ruind state

Broke his weak heart, & made him yeild to fate.

Then was she glad her wdiores flag to advaunce,

And get her living by a Scottish daunce. 2716

Thus With her sister, such another piece.

Many a gallant of his golde they fleece.

Xow ceazd w?th age, & both of tliem tumd bawdes,

Okie hackny women, they liire out their jades, 2720

A crew of whores far worse then crocodiles.

Killing wt'th fained teares & forged smiles.

Confusion with, their fortunes ever dwell,

That keep the dores that ope to sinne & hell ! 2724

These bawdes w7i/cli doe inhabite Troynovant,'
And iet it vp & downe i' th' streete-5, aflaunt
In the best fashion, thus vpholde their state,
As I haue heard a friend of mine relate.
Who once in privat manner wrth another
Went purposly tbeir fashions to discover.
They doe retaine besides these common queanes,
Even mens wives -which are of greatest meanes,
That yearly pay them tribute for their lust,
Vpon whose secrecie they doe entrust
Their blotted reputation, for w/^^cli pleasure
They lewdly doe consume their hu.sbandes treasure. 2736
The custome of these bawdes is thus : if any
Eepaire vnto them (as God knowes too many
Piun to this sinck of sinne), at the first view
To shew their cheapest Avare ; if they wall glue 2740
Their slimy bodies to those common whores,
The bawdes proceed no farther, keep the dores,
The price paide, w7^/ch repentaunce ^ndes to dear,
' London. See Taylor, Works, fol. 491.






And tlie act done, doc straight tlie men casliier. 274-1:

But if some gallant, whose out side doth holdc

Great expectation that good store of golde

Will from his honnty shower into their lappes.

Come to demaund (for soe it often happen-) 2748

To see their choj'sest beauties, him tliey bring

(After reqiiest [not]^ to say any thing)

Into a privat roome, w7//ch round about

Is hung With pictures ; all w7i/ch goodly rout 2752

Is fram'de of Yenus fashion, femals all,

Whom if I name whores, I noe whit miscall,

For soe they are, whom these doe represent.

All citty dames, vrhich. vsually frequent 2756

This cursed place, who, though they goe full brave.

Are in their lust insatiat as the grave.

That picture ■which, doth best affect the eye

Of this luxurious gallant, instantly 2760

Is by some traine brought thether in true shape

Of livelj^ substance. Then good Bacchus grape

Flowes in abundance ; Ceres must be by,

For w/thout them ther is noe venerie. 2764

Provocatives to stir vp appetite

To brutish lust & sensuall delight,

J\lust not be wanting ; lobsters buttered thighs,

Hartichoke, marrowbone,- potato pies, 2768

Anchoves, lambes artificiallie drest stones,

Fine gellies of decocted sparrowes bones.

Or if these faile, th' apothecaries trade

I\iust furnish them w/th rarest marmalade, 2772

Candid eringoes, & rich marchpaine stufie ;

A^pon which, cates ther is consumde enough

To give sufficient to a hundred men.

Spent but on ordiuarie fare. But then 2776

These dainties must be washd downo Avell w/th wine,

' Blank in i\IS. ; something erased.
* Very much like Moorrowbone in MS,

But if he looks
rich he is shown
into a private

hungr round with
liortraits of City

[leaf 31, back]

The picture
which takes his
fancy is soon
replaced by its
" lively sub-

Wines and
nutritious food
are provided iu

Lobsters, pic,
jellies, mar-



[sat. 0.


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