Treasure Island

George Chapman

(1559 – 12 May 1634 / Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England)

Quotations

  • ''The majesty and riches of the mind,
    But dwell in darkness; for your God is blind.''
    George Chapman (1559?-1634), British poet. A Coronet for His Mistress Philosophy (l. 13-14). . . Sonnet, The; an Anthology. Robert M. Bender and Charles L. Squier, eds. (1987) Washington Square Press/Pocket Books.
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  • ''I know an Englishman,
    Being flattered, is a lamb; threatened, a lion.''
    George Chapman c. 1559-1634, British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Tragedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1910). Archbishop of Cologne, in Alphonsus, Emperor of Germany, act 1, sc. 2, l. 208-9 (1654). on the proposal to make Richard, Earl of Cornwall, Holy Roman Emperor. The ascription of the play to Chapman has been questioned.
  • ''Who to himself is law, no law doth need, Offends no law, and is a king indeed.''
    George Chapman (c. 1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Tragedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1910). Bussy d'Ambois, in Bussy d'Ambois, act 2, sc. 1, l. 203-4 (1607, rev. 1641). Addressing Henry III of France, in self-vindication after killing two men in a quarrel.
  • ''Pure innovation is more gross than error.''
    George Chapman (1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. King Henry, in Bussy D'Ambois, act 1, sc. 2, l. 38 (1607).
  • ''We have watered our houses in Helicon.''
    George Chapman (c. 1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1914). Lodovico, in May-Day, act 3, sc. 3, l. 9-10 (1611). refers to a mountain-range in Boeotia (central Greece), sacred to the Muses. The line has often appeared with horses printed for "houses."
  • ''And let a scholar all earth's volumes carry,
    He will be but a walking dictionary:
    A mere articulate clock.''
    George Chapman (1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. The Tears of Peace, l. 530-2 (1609).
  • ''For one heat, all know, doth drive out another, One passion doth expel another still.''
    George Chapman (c. 1559-1634), British dramatist, poet, translator. repr. In Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies, ed. Thomas Marc Parrott (1914). Vandome, in Monsieur d'Olive, act 5, sc. 1, l. 8-9 (1606). Proposing to distract the countess Marcellina from her melancholy.

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Her Coming

See where she issues in her beauty's pomp,
As Flora to salute the morning sun;
Who when she shakes her tresses in the air,
Rains on the earth dissolved pearl in showers,
Which with his beams the sun exhales to heaven:
She holds the spring and summer in her arms,
And every planet puts on his freshest robes,
To dance attendance on her princely steps,
Springing and fading as she comes and goes.

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