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Aphra Behn

(10 July 1640 – 16 April 1689 / Wye, England)

Quotations

  • ''Love in fantastic triumph sat,
    Whilst bleeding hearts around him flowed,''
    Aphra Behn (1640-1689), British poet, adventurer. Abdelazer (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''But 'twas from mine, he took desire,
    Enough to undo the amorous world.''
    Aphra Behn (1640-1689), British poet, adventurer. Abdelazer (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret.''
    Aphra Behn (1640-1689), British playwright, poet. repr. In The Works of Aphra Behn, vol. 6, ed. M. Summers (1915). "Four O'Clock. General Conversation," The Lover's Watch (1686).
  • ''All I ask, is the privilege for my masculine part, the poet in me.... If I must not, because of my sex, have this freedom ... I lay down my quill and you shall hear no more of me.''
    Aphra Behn (1640-1689), British playwright, poet. repr. In The Works of Aphra Behn, vol. 2, ed. M. Summers (1915). The Lucky Chance, preface (1686).
  • ''There is no sinner like a young saint.''
    Aphra Behn (1640-1689), British playwright, poet. Published in The Works of Aphra Behn, vol. 1, ed. M. Summers (1915). Willmore, in The Rover, act 1, sc. 2 (1681).

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The Dream

All trembling in my arms Aminta lay,
Defending of the bliss I strove to take;
Raising my rapture by her kind delay,
Her force so charming was and weak.
The soft resistance did betray the grant,
While I pressed on the heaven of my desires;
Her rising breasts with nimbler motions pant;
Her dying eyes assume new fires.
Now to the height of languishment she grows,

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