Robert Greene Quotes (28 quotes)
Poems of Robert Greene and Chrph. Marlowe ed. by Rob. Bell (1856 edition)
“Ah Franion, treason is loved of many, but the Traitor hated of all: unjust offences may for a time escape without danger, but never without revenge.”
Pandosto (1588); p. 9.
“Ah, were she pitiful as she is fair,
Or but as mild as she is seeming so,
Then were my hopes greater than my despair,
Then all the world were heaven, nothing woe.”
Pandosto (1588); Dyce p. 294.
“Sovereign of beauty, like the spray she grows;
Compass'd she is with thorns and canker'd bower.
Yet, were she willing to be pluck'd and worn,
She would be gather'd, though she grew on thorn.”
Pandosto; Dyce p. 294.
“Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee;
When thou art old there's grief enough for thee.”
Sephestia's Song to her Child, line 1, from Menaphon (1589); Dyce p. 286.
“Like to Diana in her summer-weed,
Girt with a crimson robe of brightest dye,
Goes fair Samela;
Whiter than be the flocks that straggling feed
When wash'd by Arethusa Fount they lie,
Is fair Samela.”
Doron's Description of Samela, line 1, from Menaphon; Dyce p. 287.
“Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content;
The quiet mind is richer than a crown.”
Song, Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content, line 1, from Farewell to Folly (1591); Dyce p. 309.
Song, Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content, line 12, from Farewell to Folly (1591); Dyce p. 309.
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Died: 1592 (aged 34)
Bio: Robert Greene was an English poet, dramatist, romance-writer and pamphleteer.
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