John Webster

The Duchess of Malfi

120 printed pages
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    heartofaphoenix6has quoted2 years ago
    Of simple virtue, which was never made

    To seem the thing it is not. Go, go brag

    You have left me heartless; mine is in your bosom:

    I hope 'twill multiply love there. You do tremble:

    Make not your heart so dead a piece of flesh,

    To fear more than to love me. Sir, be confident:

    What is 't distracts you? This is flesh and blood, sir;

    'Tis not the figure cut in alabaster

    Kneels at my husband's tomb. Awake, awake, man!

    I do here put off all vain ceremony,

    And only do appear to you a young widow

    That claims you for her husband, and, like a widow,

    I use but half a blush in 't.
    heartofaphoenix6has quoted2 years ago
    Now she pays it.

    The misery of us that are born great!

    We are forc'd to woo, because none dare woo us;

    And as a tyrant doubles with his words,

    And fearfully equivocates, so we

    Are forc'd to express our violent passions

    In riddles and in dreams, and leave the path
    heartofaphoenix6has quoted2 years ago
    wink'd and chose a husband.—Cariola,

    To thy known secrecy I have given up

    More than my life,—my fame.

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