Sir Charles Sedley
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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- Phyllis Is My Only Joy
- To Celia
- Love still has something of the sea
- Child and Maiden
- To Cloris
- The Knotting Song
- Song A-La-Mode
- To Chloris
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''Love still has something of the Sea,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...
From whence his Mother rose;
No time his Slaves from Doubt can free,
Nor give their Thoughts repose:''
''Not, Celia, that I juster amSir 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...
Or better than the rest!
For I would change each hour, like them,
Were not my heart at rest.''
''Lovers, like dying men, may wellSir Charles Sedley (1639-1701), British courtier, poet. The Mulberry Garden (l. 1-4). OBS. Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C....
At first disorder'd be,
Since none alive can truly tell
What Fortune they must see.''
''Your Charms in harmless Childhood lay,Sir Charles Sedley (1639-1701), British courtier, poet. The Mulberry Garden (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. ...
Like metals in the mine,
Age from no face took more away,
Than Youth conceal'd in thine.''
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