A caueat o[r warening, for [?]] common cursetor[s vulgarely called [?]] vagabones, set forth by Tho[mas Harman, Esquier, for the [?]] vtilitie and profit of his natur[all countrey. Newly augmented and [?] en]larged by the first author [...] the tale of the second ta[...] crank, with the true [...]or, and also his puni[...] dissembling, most [...] hearer or reader [...]
Harman, Thomas, fl. 1567.

A Doxe. Cap. 20.

THese Dores be broken & spoyled of their maydenhead by the vp∣right men, and then they haue their name of dores and not afre. And afterward she is common and indifferent for any that will vse her, as homo is a commō name to al men. Such as be fayre and som∣what handsome, kepe company with the walking Mortes, and are redy always for the vpright men, and are chiefly maynteined by them, for others shalbe spoiled for their sakes, the other interior sort will resorte to noble mens places, and gentlemens houses standing at the gate, eyther lurking on the backsyde about backe houses, ey∣ther in hedge rowes or some other thycket, expectynge their praye, Page  [unnumbered] which is for the vncomly company of some courteous gest of whom they be refreshed with meate and some money, where eschaunge is made ware for ware: this bread and meate they vse to carye in their great hosen, so that these beastly brybinge bréeches, serue many ty∣mes for bandy purposes. I chaunced not long sitbens familiarly to common with a Dore that came to my gate, and surely a pleasaunt harlot, and not so pleasant as witty, and not so witty as boyde of all grace and goodnes I found by her talk that she had passed her tyme lewdly eightene yeares in walking about. I thought this a necessa∣ry instrument to attayne some knowledge by, and before I woulde grope hir mind, I made her both to eate and drynk well, that done I made her faithfull promise to gyue her some money if she woulde open and discouer to me such questions as I would demaund of hir and neuer to bewraye hir, neyther to disclose her name. And you should sayth shee I were vndone: feare not that quoth I. but I pray thée quoth I, say nothing but truth. I will not sayth shee, then firsts tell me quoth I, how many vpright men and roges dost thou know or hast thou knowne and bene dnuersant with, and what their na∣mes be? she paused a while and sayd, why do you aske me, or where∣fore? For nothing els as I sayd, but that I would knowe them whē they come to my gate. Now by my troth (quoth she) then are yes ne∣uer the nearer, for al myne acquaintance for the most part are dead, Dead quoth I? how dyed they for want of cherishing or of paynfull diseases? Then she sighed and sayde they were hanged. What all quoth I, and so many walke abroad as I dayly sée? By my trouth quoth she I know not paste six or seuen by their names, and named the same to mee. When were they hanged quoth I? Some seuen yeares agone, some three yeares, and some with in this fortnight, and declared the place where they weare erecuted, which I knewe well to be true, by report of others. Why (quoth I) dyd not this sorrowfull and fearefull sight much gréeue thee, and for thy tyme long and euill spent. I was sory quoth shee, by the masse, for some of them were good louing men, for I lacke not when they had it, and they wanted not when I had it, and diuers of them I neuer did for∣sake, vntill the Gallowes departed vs. O mercyfull God quoth I, and began to blesse me. Why blesse ye quoth she? Alas good gent∣tleman, euery one must haue a liuing. Other matters I talked of, but this now may suffice to shewe the reader as it were in a glasse the bolde beastely lyfe of these Doxes. For suche as hath gonne a∣ny tyme abroade, will neuer forsake their trade, to dye therefore. Page  [unnumbered] I haue hadde good profe thereof. There is one notorious barlot o this affinitie called Besse Bottomely, shee hath but one hande, and she hath murthered two children at the least.