Pand. Search the market narrowly; Mitylene is full of gallants. We lost too much money this mart, by being too wenchless.

Bawd. We were never so much out of creatures. We have but poor three, and they can do no more than they can do; and with continual action are even as good as rotten.

Pand. Therefore let's have fresh ones, whate'er we pay for them. If there be not a conscience to be us’d in every trade, we shall never prosper.

Bawd. Thou say'st true ; 'tis not the bringing up of poor bastards, as I think, I have brought up some eleven

Boult. Ay, to eleven, and brought them down again. But shall I search the market?

Bawd. What else, man? The stuff we have, a strong wind will blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.

Pand. Thou say'st true; they are too unwholesome o'conscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead, that lay with the little baggage.

Boult. Ay, she quickly poop'd him; she made him roast meat for worms :—but I'll go search the market.

[Exit BouLT. Pand. Three or four thousand chequins were as pretty a proportion to live quietly, and so give over.

Bawd. Why, to give over, I pray you ? is it a shame to get when we are old ?

Pand. O, our credit comes not in like the commodity; nor the commodity wages not with the dangers; therefore, if in our youths we could pick up some pretty estate, 'twere not amiss to keep our door hatch'd. Be

* Therefore let's have fresh ones, whate'er we pay for them. If there be not a conscience to be us'd in every trade, we shall never prosper.] The sentiments incident to vicious professions suffer little change within a century and a half.

the commodity wages not with the danger ;] i. e. is not equal to it.

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sides, the sore terms we stand upon with the gods, will be strong with us for giving over.

Bawd. Come, other sorts offend as well as we.
Pand. As well as we! ay, and better too; we offend

Neither is our profession any trade; it's no calling:--but here comes Boult.


Enter the Pirates, and Boult, dragging in MARINA.

Boult. Come your ways. [To MARINA.)—My masters, you say she's a virgin ?

1 Pirate. 0, sir, we doubt it not.

Boult. Master, I have gone thorough o for this piece, you see: if you like her, so; if not, I have lost my earnest.

Bawd. Boult, has she any qualities ?

Boult. She has a good face, speaks well, and has excellent good clothes ; there's no further necessity of qualities can make her be refused.

Bawd. What's her price, Boult ?

Boult. I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.

Pand. Well, follow me, my masters; you shall have your money presently. Wife, take her in ; instruct her what she has to do, that she may not be raw in her entertainment.

[Exeunt Pander and Pirates. Bawd. Boult, take you the marks of her; the colour of her hair, complexion, height, age, with warrant of her virginity: and cry, He that will give most, shall have her first. Such a maidenhead were no cheap thing, if men were as they have been. Get this done as I command you. Boult. Performance shall follow.

[Exit Boult.

I have gone thorough -] i.e. I have bid a high price for her. gone far in my attempt to purchase her.

that she may not be raw in her entertainment.] Unripe, unskilful.


Mar. Alack, that Leonine was so slack, so slow ! (He should have struck, not spoke ;) or that these

(Not enough barbarous,) had not overboard
Thrown me t, to seek my mother!

Bawd. Why lament you, pretty one ?
Mar. That I am pretty.
Bawd. Come, the gods have done their part in you.
Mar. I accuse them not.

Bawd. You are lit into my hands, where you are like to live.

Mar. The more my fault,
To 'scape his hands, where I was like to die.

Bawd. Ay, and you shall live in pleasure.
Mar. No.

Bawd. Yes, indeed, shall you, and taste gentlemen of all fashions. You shall fare well; you shall have the difference of all complexions. What! do you stop

your ears?

Mar. Are you a woman ?

Bawd. What would you have me be, an I be not a woman ?

Mar. An honest woman, or not a woman.

Bawd. Marry, whip thee, gosling: I think I shall have something to do with you. Come, you are a young foolish sapling, and must be bowed as I would

have you.

Mar. The gods defend me!

Bawd. If it please the gods to defend you by men, then men must comfort you, men must feed you, men must stir you up.-Boult's returned.

Enter Boult.
Now, sir, hast thou cried her through the market ?

Boult. I have cried her almost to the number of her hairs ; I have drawn her picture with my voice.

† “ For to seek,” &c. -- MALONE.

Bawd. And I pr’ythee tell me, how dost thou find the inclination of the people, especially of the younger sort ?

Boult. 'Faith, they listened to me, as they would have hearkened to their father's testament. There was a Spaniard's mouth so watered, that he went to bed to her very description. .

Bawd. We shall have him here to-morrow with his best ruff on.

Boult. To-night, to-night. But, mistress, do you know the French knight that cowers i'the hams & ?

Bawd. Who? monsieur Veroles ?

Boult. Ay; he offered to cut a caper at the proclamation; but he made a groan at it, and swore he would see her to-morrow.

Bawd. Well, well; as for him, he brought his disease hither;

here he does but repair it. I know, he will come in our shadow, to scatter his crowns in the sun.

Boult. Well, if we had of every nation a traveller, we should lodge them with this sign'.

Bawd. Pray you, come hither awhile. You have fortunes coming upon you. Mark me; you must seem to do that fearfully, which you commit willingly; to despise profit, where you have most gain. To weep that you live as you do, makes pity in your lovers : Seldom, but that pity begets you a good opinion, and that opinion a mere profit”.



that cowers i'the hams?] To cower is to sink by bending the hams.

he offered to cut a caper at the proclamation ; but he made a groan at it, and swore he would see her to-morrow.) If there were no other proof of Shakspeare's hand in this piece, this admirable stroke of humour would furnish decisive evidence of it. MALONE.

we should lodge them with this sign.] If a traveller from every part of the globe were to assemble in Mitylene, they would all resort to this house, while we had such a sign to it as this virgin.

a mere profit.] i. e. an absolute, a certain profit.



Mar. I understand you not.

Boult. O, take her home, mistress, take her home : these blushes of hers must be quenched with some present practice.

Bawd. Thou say'st true, i'faith, so they must : for your bride goes to that with shame, which is her way to go with warrant.

Boult. 'Faith some do, and some do not. But, mistress, if I have bargained for the joint,

Bawd. Thou may’st cut a morsel off the spit.
Boult. I may so.

Bawd. Who should deny it? Come, young one, like the manner of your garments well.

Boult. Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet.

Bawd. Boult, spend thou that in the town: report what a sojourner we have: you'll lose nothing by custom. When nature framed this piece, she meant thee a good turn; therefore say what a paragon she is, and thou hast the harvest out of thine own report.

Boult. I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awake the beds of eelso, as my giving out her beauty stir up the lewdly inclined. I'll bring home some tonight.

Bawd. Come your ways; follow me.

Mar. If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,
Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.
Diana, aid my purpose !

Bawd. What have we to do with Diana ? Pray you, will you go with us?



thunder shall not so awake the beds of eels,] Thunder is not supposed to have an effect on fish in general, but on eels only, which are roused by it from the mud, and are therefore more easily taken.

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