Thomas Otway

(1652-1685 / England)

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Thomas Otway (3 March 1652 – 14 April 1685) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period, best known for Venice Preserv'd, or A Plot Discover'd (1682).

In 1675 Thomas Betterton produced, at the Dorset Garden Theatre, Otway's first play, Alcibiades, which was printed in the same year. It is a tragedy, written in heroic verse, saved from absolute failure only by the actors. ... more »

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  • ''Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves Repose and fatten.''
    Thomas Otway (1652-1685), British dramatist. repr. In Works of Thomas Otway, ed. J.C. Ghosh (1932). Pierre, in Venice Preserved, act 1, sc. 1 (1682).
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The Enchantment

I DID but look and love awhile,
   'Twas but for one half-hour;
Then to resist I had no will,
   And now I have no power.

To sigh and wish is all my ease;
   Sighs which do heat impart
Enough to melt the coldest ice,
   Yet cannot warm your heart.

O would your pity give my heart
   One corner of your breast,
'Twould learn of yours the winning art,
   And quickly steal the rest.

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