The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0268 Monday, 5 February 2001
Date: Sunday, 4 Feb 2001 23:46:27 -0600
Subject: Help Identifying Extracts?
I'm trying to identify the following passages recorded in a Jacobean
commonplace book. They occur among extracts from plays; this particular
page starts with four lines from John Marston's *What You Will* (printed
1607), then come these lines, followed by lines from John Webster's *The
White Devil* (printed 1612), which continue on the back of the page.
Any ideas or pointers would be greatly appreciated. I've expanded
abbreviations to improve readability.
A souldier now hath nothing Left but misery to speak
him man; can shew more marks then pence; vppon whos
back contempt heaps on the weight of pouertye./
A Jew refus'd to turne christian (English) for thees 3
reasons. 1 they suffer their wiues to bee their maisters
2 they make men theeues for want of maintenance &
then hang them vp for stealinge; Lastly they are madd
4 tymes a year, thos they call terms, and then they are soe
purg'd by their phisicions which they name Lawyers, that som of
them are neer their men after it.
That which makes waighting woemen Punks & captains Pand-
ars, that causeth decayed gent' become sollicitors, bankrout
citizens serieants, seruingmen & saylers theeues; Necessity
that hath no Law on's syde. Wemen make bare shifts to &c.
Venery it seems is a dainty dish, for many near Lim (?)
Licking therat till they burn thair Lipps.
The slaue was borne Pandar, for his mother was a midwife
& then he must needs bee band to set his mother trade a wo-
rke. hees heauy vpon his wiues Lightnes.