Sir Charles Sedley

(1639 - 1701 / England)

Sir Charles Sedley
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English wit and dramatist, was born about 1639, and was the son of Sir John Sedley of Aylesford in Kent. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, but left without taking a degree.
He was member of parliament for New Romney in Kent, and took an active and useful part in politics.
Sedley is famous as a patron of literature in the Restoration period. Famous for his wit, he was a member of the intimate circle of young rakes at the court of Charles II.
As a writer, he gained a deserved reputation alike for the clearness and ease of his prose and for a certain poetic gift, more appreciable in his occasional lyrics than in the serious parts of his dramas.
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  • ''Love still has something of the Sea,
    From whence his Mother rose;
    No time his Slaves from Doubt can free,
    Nor give their Thoughts repose:''
    Sir Charles Sedley (1639-1701), British courtier, poet. Love still has something of the sea (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1...
  • ''Not, Celia, that I juster am
    Or better than the rest!
    For I would change each hour, like them,
    Were not my heart at rest.''
    Sir Charles Sedley (1639-1701), British courtier, poet. Not, Celia, that I juster am (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-195...
  • ''Lovers, like dying men, may well
    At first disorder'd be,
    Since none alive can truly tell
    What Fortune they must see.''
    Sir Charles Sedley (1639-1701), British courtier, poet. The Mulberry Garden (l. 1-4). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C....
  • ''Your Charms in harmless Childhood lay,
    Like metals in the mine,
    Age from no face took more away,
    Than Youth conceal'd in thine.''
    Sir Charles Sedley (1639-1701), British courtier, poet. The Mulberry Garden (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. ...
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