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Enter the three Bawdes.Enter the three Bawdsbawd (n.)

old form: Bawdes
pimp, procurer, pander, go-between
Per IV.ii.1
Boult.Boult! Per IV.ii.1
Sir.Sir? Per IV.ii.2
Searche the market narrowely, Mettelyne is full ofSearch the market narrowly. Mytilene is full ofnarrowly (adv.)

old form: narrowely
carefully, with close attention
Per IV.ii.3
Mytilene (n.)
[pron: 'mitilen] city in Lesbos, Greece
gallants, wee lost too much much money this mart by beeing toogallants. We lost too much money this mart by being toomart (n.)
Per IV.ii.4
wenchlesse.wenchless.wenchless (adj.)

old form: wenchlesse
lacking in women
Per IV.ii.5
Wee were neuer so much out of Creatures, we haueWe were never so much out of creatures. We have Per IV.ii.6
but poore three, and they can doe no more then they canbut poor three, and they can do no more than they can Per IV.ii.7
doe, and they with continuall action, are euen as good asdo. And they with continual action are even as good as Per IV.ii.8
rotten.rotten. Per IV.ii.9
Therefore lets haue fresh ones what ere wee payTherefore let's have fresh ones, whate'er we pay Per IV.ii.10
for them, if there bee not a conscience to be vsde in eueriefor them. If there be not a conscience to be used in every Per IV.ii.11
trade, wee shall neuer, we shall never prosper. Per IV.ii.12
Thou sayst true, tis not our bringing vp of pooreThou sayst true. 'Tis not our bringing up of poor Per IV.ii.13
bastards, as I thinke, I haue brought vp some eleuen.bastards – as, I think, I have brought up some eleven – Per IV.ii.14
I to eleuen, and brought them downe againe, butAy, to eleven, and brought them down again. But Per IV.ii.15
shall I searche the market?shall I search the market? Per IV.ii.16
What else man? the stuffe we haue, a strong windeWhat else, man? The stuff we have, a strong wind Per IV.ii.17
will blowe it to peeces, they are so pittifully sodden.will blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.sodden (adj.)
diseased, rotten, limp
Per IV.ii.18
Thou sayest true, ther's two vnwholesome aThou sayst true, there's two unwholesome, o'unwholesome (adj.)

old form: vnwholesome
corrupted, infected, diseased
Per IV.ii.19
conscience, the poore Transiluanian is dead that layeconscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead that lay Per IV.ii.20
with the little baggadge.with the little baggage. Per IV.ii.21
I, shee quickly poupt him, she made him roast-Ay, she quickly pooped him; she made him roastpoop (v.)

old form: poupt
make a fool of; or: do away with [through venereal disease]
Per IV.ii.22
meate for wormes, but Ile goe searche the market.meat for worms. But I'll go search the market. Per IV.ii.23
Exit.Exit Per IV.ii.23
Three or foure thousande Checkins were as prettieThree or four thousand chequins were as prettychequin (n.)

old form: Checkins
type of gold coin [of Italy and Turkey]
Per IV.ii.24
a proportion to liue quietly, and so giue ouer.a proportion to live quietly, and so give over.proportion (n.)
part, portion, amount
Per IV.ii.25
give over (v.)

old form: giue ouer
retire, give up a trade, abandon a way of life
give over (v.)

old form: giue ouer
cease, finish, leave off
Why, to giue ouer I pray you? Is it a shame to getWhy to give over, I pray you? Is it a shame to getget (v.)
make money, get wealth, earn a living
Per IV.ii.26
when wee are olde?when we are old? Per IV.ii.27
Oh our credite comes not in like the commoditie,O, our credit comes not in like the commodity,commodity (n.)

old form: commoditie
profit, gain, proceeds
Per IV.ii.28
credit (n.)

old form: credite
reputation, name, standing, honour
nor the commoditie wages not with the daunger: thereforenor the commodity wages not with the danger. Therefore,wage (v.)
compete, be a rival to, measure up to
Per IV.ii.29
if in our youthes we could picke vp some prettieif in our youths we could pick up some pretty Per IV.ii.30
estate, t'were not amisse to keepe our doore hatch't,estate, 'twere not amiss to keep our door (n.)
piece of property
Per IV.ii.31
hatched (adv.)

old form: hatch't
with the upper half closed
besides the sore tearmes we stand vpon with the gods, wilbeBesides, the sore terms we stand upon with the gods willsore (adj.)
severe, harsh, heavy
Per IV.ii.32
strong with vs for giuing strong with us for giving o'er.strong (adj.)
forceful, persuasive, influential
Per IV.ii.33
give over (v.)

old form: giuing ore
retire, give up a trade, abandon a way of life
Come other sorts offend as well as wee.Come, other sorts offend as well as we.sort (n.)
class, level, social rank
Per IV.ii.34
As well as wee. I, and better too, wee offendeAs well as we? Ay, and better too; we offend Per IV.ii.35
worse, neither is our profession any trade, It's noworse. Neither is our profession any trade; it's notrade (n.)
regular line of work, recognized business
Per IV.ii.36
calling, but heere comes Boult.calling. But here comes Boult.calling (n.)
vocation, profession, high station in life
Per IV.ii.37
Enter Boult with the Pirates and Marina.Enter Boult with the Pirates and Marina Per IV.ii.38
Come your wayes my maisters, you say shee's aCome your ways, my masters. You say she's a Per IV.ii.38 Per IV.ii.39
O Sir, wee doubt it not.O, sir, we doubt it not. Per IV.ii.40
Master, I haue gone through for this peece you see,Master, I have gone through for this piece you see.go through (v.)
haggle at length, carry out a piece of bargaining
Per IV.ii.41
if you like her so, if not I haue lost my earnest.If you like her, so. If not, I have lost my earnest.earnest (n.)
pledge, instalment, deposit, payment in advance
Per IV.ii.42
Boult, has shee anie qualities?Boult, has she any qualities?quality (n.)
accomplishment, capacity, ability
Per IV.ii.43
Shee has a good face, speakes well, and has excellentShe has a good face, speaks well, and has excellent Per IV.ii.44
good cloathes: theres no farther necessitie of qualitiesgood clothes. There's no further necessity of qualities Per IV.ii.45
can make her be refuz'd.can make her be refused. Per IV.ii.46
What's her price Boult?What's her price, Boult? Per IV.ii.47
I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand peeces.I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.doit (n.)
[small Dutch coin = half an English farthing] trivial sum, worthless amount, trifle
Per IV.ii.48
bate (v.)
[of quantities] lessen, reduce, deduct
Well, follow me my maisters, you shall haueWell, follow me, my masters; you shall have Per IV.ii.49
your money presenly, wife take her in, instruct heryour money presently. Wife, take her in. Instruct herpresently (adv.)

old form: presenly
immediately, instantly, at once
Per IV.ii.50
what she has to doe, that she may not be rawe in herwhat she has to do, that she may not be raw in herraw (adj.)

old form: rawe
unrefined, unskilled, unpolished
Per IV.ii.51
entertainment.entertainment.entertainment (n.)
treatment, attitude, disposition
Per IV.ii.52
Exeunt Pandar and Pirates Per IV.ii.52
Boult, take you the markes of her, the colour of herBoult, take you the marks of her, the colour of her Per IV.ii.53
haire, complexion, height, her age, with warrant of herhair, complexion, height, her age, with warrant of her Per IV.ii.54
virginitie, and crie; He that wil giue most shal haue hervirginity, and cry ‘ He that will give most shall have her Per IV.ii.55
first, such a maydenhead were no cheape thing, if menfirst.’ Such a maidenhead were no cheap thing, if men Per IV.ii.56
were as they haue beene: get this done as I commandwere as they have been. Get this done as I command Per IV.ii.57 Per IV.ii.58
Performance shall follow.Performance shall follow. Per IV.ii.59
Exit.Exit Per IV.ii.59
Alacke that Leonine was so slacke, so slow,Alack that Leonine was so slack, so slow! Per IV.ii.60
he should haue strooke, not spoke, or that these Pirates,He should have struck, not spoke. Or that these pirates, Per IV.ii.61
not enough barbarous, had not oreboordNot enough barbarous, had not o'erboard Per IV.ii.62
throwne me, for to seeke my mother.Thrown me for to seek my mother! Per IV.ii.63
Why lament you prettie one?Why lament you, pretty one? Per IV.ii.64
That I am prettie.That I am pretty. Per IV.ii.65
Come, the Gods haue done their part in you.Come, the gods have done their part in you. Per IV.ii.66
I accuse them not.I accuse them not. Per IV.ii.67
You are light into my hands, where you are like toYou are light into my hands, where you are like tolight (v.)
alight, descend, fall, come to rest
Per IV.ii.68 Per IV.ii.69
The more my fault,The more my faultfault (n.)
misfortune, mischance, bad luck
Per IV.ii.70
to scape his handes, where I was to die.To 'scape his hands where I was like to die.scape, 'scape (v.)
escape, avoid
Per IV.ii.71
like (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
I, and you shall liue in peasure.Ay, and you shall live in pleasure. Per IV.ii.72
No.No. Per IV.ii.73
Yes indeed shall you, and taste Gentlemen of allYes, indeed shall you, and taste gentlemen of all Per IV.ii.74
fashions, you shall fare well, you shall haue thefashions. You shall fare well. You shall have thefare (v.)
get on, manage, do, cope
Per IV.ii.75
difference of all complexions, what doe you stop yourdifference of all complexions. What! do you stop yourdifference (n.)
variety, range, assortment
Per IV.ii.76
complexion (n.)
constitution, physical make-up, outward appearance
eares?ears? Per IV.ii.77
Are you a woman?Are you a woman? Per IV.ii.78
What would you haue mee be, and I bee not a woman?What would you have me be, an I be not a woman?and, an (conj.)
if, whether
Per IV.ii.79
An honest woman, or not a woman.An honest woman, or not a woman.honest (adj.)
chaste, pure, virtuous
Per IV.ii.80
Marie whip the Gosseling, I thinke I shall haue somethingMarry, whip the gosling. I think I shall have somethinggosling (n.)

old form: Gosseling
beginner, greenhorn, novice
Per IV.ii.81
marry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
whip the gosling
confound the little goose
to doe with you, come you'r a young foolishto do with you. Come, you're a young foolish Per IV.ii.82
sapling, and must be bowed as I would haue you.sapling, and must be bowed as I would have you.bow (v.)
make to bend, cause to bend
Per IV.ii.83
The Gods defend me.The gods defend me! Per IV.ii.84
If it please the Gods to defend you by men, thenIf it please the gods to defend you by men, then Per IV.ii.85
men must comfort you, men must feed you, men stirmen must comfort you, men must feed you, men stir Per IV.ii.86
you vp: Boults up. Boult's returned. Per IV.ii.87
Enter Boult Per IV.ii.88.1
Now sir, hast thou cride her through the Market?Now, sir, hast thou cried her through the market?cry (v.)

old form: cride
offer for sale, advertise
Per IV.ii.88
I haue cryde her almost to the number of her haires,I have cried her almost to the number of her hairs. Per IV.ii.89
I haue drawne her picture with my voice.I have drawn her picture with my voice. Per IV.ii.90
And I prethee tell me, how dost thou find theAnd I prithee tell me, how dost thou find the Per IV.ii.91
inclination of the people, especially of the yonger sort?inclination of the people, especially of the younger sort? Per IV.ii.92
Faith they listened to mee, as they would haueFaith, they listened to me as they would have Per IV.ii.93
harkened to their fathers testament, there was ahearkened to their father's testament. There was a Per IV.ii.94
Spaniards mouth watred, and he went to bed to herSpaniard's mouth watered, and he went to bed to her Per IV.ii.95
verie description.very description. Per IV.ii.96
We shall haue him here to morrow with his bestWe shall have him here tomorrow with his best Per IV.ii.97
ruffe on.ruff on.ruff (n.)
frill of stiff folded linen, worn around the neck
Per IV.ii.98
To night, to night, but Mistresse doe you knowe theTonight, tonight. But, mistress, do you know the Per IV.ii.99
French knight, that cowres ethe hams?French knight, that cowers i'the hams?hams (n.)
thighs, legs
Per IV.ii.100
cower (v.)

old form: cowres
bend, crouch, squat
Who, Mounsieur Verollus?Who, Monsieur Veroles? Per IV.ii.101
I, he, he offered to cut a caper at the proclamation,Ay, he. He offered to cut a caper at the proclamation,offer (v.)
attempt, start, try, make a move
Per IV.ii.102
caper, cut a
perform a leap in which the feet are kicked together in the air
but he made a groane at it, and swore he would seebut he made a groan at it, and swore he would see Per IV.ii.103
her to morrow.her tomorrow. Per IV.ii.104
Well, well, as for him, hee brought his diseaseWell, well, as for him, he brought his disease Per IV.ii.105
hither, here he does but repaire it, I knowe hee will come inhither; here he does but repair it. I know he will come inrepair (v.)

old form: repaire
restore, renew, revive
Per IV.ii.106
our shadow, to scatter his crownes in the Sunne.our shadow to scatter his crowns of the sun.shadow (n.)
shelter, roof
Per IV.ii.107
crown of the sun

old form: crownes, Sunne
French gold crown
Well, if we had of euerie Nation a traueller, weeWell, if we had of every nation a traveller, we Per IV.ii.108
should lodge them with this signe.should lodge them with this sign. Per IV.ii.109
(to Marina) Per IV.ii.110
Pray you come hither a while, youPray you, come hither awhile. You Per IV.ii.110
haue Fortunes comming vppon you, marke mee, you musthave fortunes coming upon you. Mark me. You mustmark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
Per IV.ii.111
seeme to doe that fearefully, which you commit willingly,seem to do that fearfully which you commit willingly; Per IV.ii.112
despise profite, where you haue most gaine, to weepe thatdespise profit where you have most gain. To weep that Per IV.ii.113
you liue as yee doe, makes pittie in your Louers seldome, butyou live as ye do makes pity in your lovers. Seldom but Per IV.ii.114
that pittie begets you a good opinion, and that opinion a that pity begets you a good opinion, and that opinion a Per IV.ii.115
meere profite.mere profit.mere (adj.)

old form: meere
sole, personal, particular
Per IV.ii.116
I vnderstand you not.I understand you not. Per IV.ii.117
O take her home Mistresse, take her home, theseO, take her home, mistress, take her home. These Per IV.ii.118
blushes of hers must bee quencht with some presentblushes of hers must be quenched with some present Per IV.ii.119
practise.practice. Per IV.ii.120
Thou sayest true yfaith, so they must, for yourThou sayst true, i'faith, so they must, for your Per IV.ii.121
Bride goes to that with shame, which is her way to goebride goes to that with shame which is her way to go Per IV.ii.122
with warrant.with warrant.warrant (n.)
licence, sanction, authorization
Per IV.ii.123
Faith some doe, and some doe not, but Mistresse ifFaith, some do and some do not. But, mistress, if Per IV.ii.124
I haue bargaind for the ioynt.I have bargained for the joint – Per IV.ii.125
Thou maist cut a morsell off the spit.Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit. Per IV.ii.126
I may so.I may so. Per IV.ii.127
Who should denie it? Come young one, I like theWho should deny it? Come, young one, I like the Per IV.ii.128
manner of your garments well.manner of your garments well. Per IV.ii.129
I by my faith, they shall not be changd yet.Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet. Per IV.ii.130
Baud. BAWD 
Boult, spend thou that in the towne: report what aBoult, spend thou that in the town. Report what a Per IV.ii.131
soiourner we haue, youle loose nothing by custome.sojourner we have. You'll lose nothing by custom.sojourner (n.)

old form: soiourner
guest, lodger, visitor
Per IV.ii.132
When Nature framde this peece, shee meant thee a goodWhen nature framed this piece, she meant thee a goodpiece (n.)

old form: peece
specimen, masterpiece
Per IV.ii.133
frame (v.)

old form: framde
fashion, make, form, create
turne, therefore say what a parragon she is, and thou hastturn. Therefore say what a paragon she is, and thou hast Per IV.ii.134
the haruest out of thine owne report.the harvest out of thine own report. Per IV.ii.135
I warrant you Mistresse, thunder shall not so awakeI warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awakewarrant (v.)
assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
Per IV.ii.136
the beds of Eeles, as my giuing out her beautie stirs vp thethe beds of eels as my giving out her beauty stirs up the Per IV.ii.137
lewdly enclined, Ile bring home some to night.lewdly inclined. I'll bring home some tonight. Per IV.ii.138
(to Marina) Per IV.ii.139
Come your wayes, follow me.Come your ways. Follow me. Per IV.ii.139
If fires be hote, kniues sharpe, or waters deepe,If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep, Per IV.ii.140
Vntide I still my virgin knot will keepe.Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
Per IV.ii.141
Diana ayde my purpose.Diana, aid my purpose!purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
Per IV.ii.142
Diana, Dian (n.)
Roman goddess associated with the Moon, chastity, and hunting
What haue we to doe with Diana, pray you will youWhat have we to do with Diana? Pray you, will you Per IV.ii.143
goe with vs?go with us? Per IV.ii.144
Exit.Exeunt Per IV.ii.144
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