John Webster Poems
- Vanitas Vanitatum All the flowers of the spring Meet to ...
- The Shrouding Of The Duchess O... Hark, now everything is...
- The Madman's Song Oh, let us howl some heavy note, Some ...
- Death Song Hark, now everything is still; The screech-owl ...
- A Monumental Column TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR ROBERT CARR, ...
- Honourable Employment O my lord, lie not idle: The chiefest ...
- A Dirge CALL for the robin-redbreast and the wren, Since ...
John Webster was an English Jacobean dramatist best known for his tragedies The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, which are often regarded as masterpieces of the early 17th-century English stage. He was a contemporary of William Shakespeare.
Webster's life is obscure, and the dates of his birth and death are not known. His father, a coach maker also named John ... more »
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''Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.''John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. Ferdinand, in The Duchess of Malfi, act 5, sc. 2.
''When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.''John Webster (1580-1625), British dramatist. The Duchess of Malfi, act 5, sc. 2.
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All the flowers of the spring
Meet to perfume our burying;
These have but their growing prime,
And man does flourish but his time:
Survey our progress from our birth;
We are set, we grow, we turn to earth.
Courts adieu, and all delights,
All bewitching appetites!
Sweetest breath and clearest eye,
Like perfumes, go out and die;
And consequently this is done
As shadows wait upon the sun.
Vain ambition of kings
Who seek by trophies and dead things
To leave a living name behind,
And weave but nets to catch the wind.