Sir Charles Sedley
Sir Charles Sedley Poems
- To Cloris Cloris, I cannot say your eyes Did my unwary ...
- Phyllis Is My Only Joy Phyllis is my only joy, Faithless...
- To Celia NOT, Celia, that I juster am Or ...
- Love Still Has Something Of Th... Love still has ...
- To Chloris AH, Chloris! that I now could sit ...
- Song A-La-Mode O'er the Desert, cross the Meadows, Hunters ...
- Child And Maiden Ah, Chloris! could I now but sit As ...
English wit and dramatist, was born about 1639, and was the son of Sir John Sedley of Aylesford in Kent. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, but left without taking a degree.
He was member of parliament for New Romney in Kent, and took an active and useful part in politics.
Sedley is famous as a patron of literature in the Restoration period. Famous for his wit, he was a member of the intimate circle of young rakes at the court of Charles II.
As a writer, he gained a deserved reputation alike for the clearness and ease of his prose and for a certain poetic gift, more appreciable in his occasional lyrics than in the serious parts of his dramas.
He wrote several ... more »
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Comments about Sir Charles Sedley
Cloris, I cannot say your eyes
Did my unwary heart surprise;
Nor will I swear it was your face,
Your shape, or any nameless grace:
For you are so entirely fair,
To love a part, injustice were;
No drowning man can know which drop
Of water his last breath did stop;
So when the stars in heaven appear,
And join to make the night look clear;
The light we no one's bounty call,
But the obliging gift of all.
He that does lips or hands adore,
Deserves them only, and no more;
But I love all, and every part,
And nothing less can ease my heart. ...