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John Ford (dramatist) (1586 – 1640)

One of the last English playwrights in the great Jacobean school that produced Marlowe, William Shakespeare and Jonson.
John Ford (dramatist)
Let them fear bondage who are slaves to fear;
The sweetest freedom is an honest heart.
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Busy opinion is an idle fool.
Is monstrous in a true friend.

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There is a place,
List, daughter! in a black and hollow vault,
Where day is never seen; there shines no sun,
But flaming horror of consuming fires;
A lightless sulphur, choked with smoky fogs
Of an infected darkness; in this place
Dwell many thousand thousand sundry sorts
Of never-dying deaths.
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Nice philosophy
May tolerate unlikely arguments,
But heaven admits no jest.
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We can drink till all look blue.
John Ford (dramatist)
He is a noble gentleman; withal
Happy in his endeavours: the general voice
Sounds him for courtesy, behaviour, language,
And every fair demeanour, an example:
Titles of honour add not to his worth;
Who is himself an honour to his title.
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I have spent
Many a silent night in sighs and groans,
Ran over all my thoughts, despised my fate,
Reasoned against the reasons of my love,
Done all that smoothed-cheek Virtue could advise,
But found all bootless: 'tis my destiny
That you must either love, or I must die.
Love is the tyrant of the heart; it darkens
Reason, confounds discretion; deaf to Counsel
It runs a headlong course to desperate madness.
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The joys of marriage are the heaven on earth,
Life's paradise, great princess, the soul's quiet,
Sinews of concord, earthly immortality,
Eternity of pleasures; no restoratives
Like to a constant woman!
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Oh, happy kings,
Whose thrones are raised in their subjects' hearts.

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Delay in vengeance gives a heavier blow.
John Ford (dramatist)
I am, gay creature,
With pardon of your deities, a mushroom
On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.
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Her words are trusty heralds to her mind.
Ford John (dramatist)
Physicians are the cobblers, rather the botchers, of men's bodies; as the one patches our tattered clothes, so the other solders our diseased flesh.
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A bachelor
May thrive by observation, on a little.
A single life's no burden: but to draw
In yokes is chargeable, and will require
A double maintenance.
John Ford (dramatist)
Love is dead; let lovers' eyes
Locked in endless dreams
Th' extreme of all extremes
Ope no more, for now Love dies.
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Tell us, pray, what devil
This melancholy is, which can transform
Men into monsters.
John Ford (dramatist)
He hath shook hands with time.
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Truth is child of time.

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