John Webster

(1578 - 1632 / London, England)

Quotations

  • ''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.
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  • ''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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A Land Dirge

Call for the robin-redbreast and the wren,
Since o'er shady groves they hover
And with leaves and flowers do cover
The friendless bodies of unburied men.
Call unto his funeral dole
The ant, the field-mouse, and the mole,
To rear him hillocks that shall keep him warm
And, when gay tombs are robb'd, sustain no harm;
But keep the wolf far thence, that's foe to men,

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