Francis Beaumont

(1584 – 6 March 1616 / Leicestershire)

Francis Beaumont
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Francis Beaumont was a dramatist in the English Renaissance theatre, most famous for his collaborations with John Fletcher.

Beaumont was the son of Sir Francis Beaumont of Grace Dieu, near Thringstone in Leicestershire, a justice of the common pleas. He was born at the family seat and was educated at Broadgates Hall (now Pembroke College, Oxford) at age thirteen. Following the death of his father in 1598, he left university without a degree and followed in his father's footsteps by entering the Inner Temple in London in 1600.

Accounts suggest that Beaumont did not work long as a lawyer. He became a student of poet and playwright more »

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  • Bid her paint till day of doom,
    To this favour she must come.
    Bid the merchant gather wealth,
    The usurer exact by stealth,
    The proud man beat it from his thought,
    Ye...
    Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)(1584-1616), British dramatist, and William Basse (fl. C. 1602), British dramatist. Lines on the Tombs in Westminster (l. ...
  • ''Know from this the world's a snare,
    How that greatness is but care,
    How all pleasures are but pain,
    And how short they do remain:''
    Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)(1584-1616), British dramatist, and William Basse (fl. C. 1602), British dramatist. Lines on the Tombs in Westminster (l. ...
  • ''Here the bones of birth have cried,
    'Though Gods they were, as men they died'.''
    Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)(1584-1616), British dramatist, and William Basse (fl. C. 1602), British dramatist. Lines on the Tombs in Westminster (l. ...
  • ''this scythe that mows down kings
    Exempts no meaner mortal things.''
    Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)(1584-1616), British dramatist, and William Basse (fl. C. 1602), British dramatist. Lines on the Tombs in Westminster (l. ...
  • Mortality, behold, and fear,
    What a change of flesh is here!
    Think how many royal bones
    Sleep within this heap of stones,
    Hence removed from beds of ease,
    Dainty far...
    Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)(1584-1616), British dramatist, and William Basse (fl. C. 1602), British dramatist. Lines on the Tombs in Westminster (l. ...
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