Treasure Island

Sir William Davenant

(1606 - 1668 / England)

Quotations

  • ''Before we shall again behold
    In his diurnal race the world's great eye,
    We may as silent be and cold
    As are the shades where buried lovers lie.''
    Sir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. Endimion Porter and Olivia (l. 1-4). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough, eds. (1934) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Go! climb that rock, and when thou there hast found
    A star, contracted in a diamond,''
    Sir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. For the Lady Olivia Porter; a Present upon a New Year's Day (l. 5-6). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough, eds. (1934) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Go! dive into the Southern Sea, and when
    Th'ast found, to trouble the nice sight of men,
    A swelling pearl, and such whose single worth
    Boasts all the wonders which the seas bring forth,
    Give it Endymion's love, whose ev'ry tear
    Would more enrich the skilful jeweller.''
    Sir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. For the Lady Olivia Porter; a Present upon a New Year's Day (l. 9-14). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough, eds. (1934) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Your Beauty, ripe, and calm, and fresh,
    As Eastern Summers are,
    Must now, forsaking Time and Flesh,
    Add light to some small Star.''
    Sir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. Lover and Philosopher (l. 1-4). OBEV. Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''O harmless Death! whom still the valiant brave,
    The wise expect, the sorrowful invite,
    And all the good embrace, who know the grave
    A short dark passage to eternal light.''
    Sir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. The Christian's Reply to the Philosopher (l. 9-12). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough, eds. (1934) Oxford University Press.
  • ''In every grave make room, make room!
    The world's at an end, and we come, we come.''
    Sir William Davenant (1606-1668), British poet. The Law against Lovers. FaBoCh. Faber Book of Children's Verse, The. Janet Adam Smith, comp. (1953; paperback 1963) Faber and Faber.

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Praise and Prayer

PRAISE is devotion fit for mighty minds,
   The diff'ring world's agreeing sacrifice;
Where Heaven divided faiths united finds:
   But Prayer in various discord upward flies.

For Prayer the ocean is where diversely
   Men steer their course, each to a sev'ral coast;
Where all our interests so discordant be
   That half beg winds by which the rest are lost.

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