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John Fletcher

Birthdate: 1579
Date of death: 1625

John Fletcher was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivalled Shakespeare's. Though his reputation has been far eclipsed since, Fletcher remains an important transitional figure between the Elizabethan popular tradition and the popular drama of the Restoration.

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Wit Without Money
John Fletcher
The Elder Brother
The Elder Brother
John Fletcher
The Loyal Subject
John Fletcher
The Chances
The Chances
John Fletcher
The Mad Lover
John Fletcher
The Spanish Curate
The Spanish Curate
John Fletcher
The Woman's Prize
John Fletcher
The Island Princess
The Island Princess
John Fletcher
Valentinian
John Fletcher

Quotes John Fletcher

„Hide, oh, hide those hills of snow
Which thy frozen bosom bears,
On whose tops the pinks that grow
Are of those that April wears!
But first set my poor heart free,
Bound in those icy chains by thee.“

—  John Fletcher

Act IV, scene i. Compare: "Take, O, take those lips away, That so sweetly were forsworn; And those eyes, the break of day, Lights that do mislead the morn: But my kisses bring again, bring again; Seals of love, but sealed in vain, sealed in vain", William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.
Rollo, Duke of Normandy, or The Bloody Brother, (c. 1617; revised c. 1627–30; published 1639)

„I'll put that in my considering cap.“

—  John Fletcher, The Loyal Subject

Act II, scene 1.
The Loyal Subject (c. 1616–19; published 1647, 1679)

„Speak boldly, and speak truly, shame the devil.“

—  John Fletcher, Wit Without Money

Act IV, scene 4.
Wit Without Money (c. 1614; published 1639)

„Weep no more, nor sigh, nor groan,
Sorrow calls no time that's gone;
Violets plucked, the sweetest rain
Makes not fresh nor grow again.“

—  John Fletcher

The Queen of Corinth (1647), Act III, sc. ii. Compare: "Weep no more, Lady! weep no more, Thy sorrow is in vain; For violets plucked, the sweetest showers Will ne'er make grow again", Thomas Percy, Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, "The Friar of Orders Gray".

„Tis a word that's quickly spoken,
Which being restrained, a heart is broken.“

—  John Fletcher, The Spanish Curate

The Spanish Curate (licensed 24 October 1622; 1647), Act II, scene 5, Song.

„Look babies in your eyes, my pretty sweet one.“

—  John Fletcher, The Loyal Subject

The Loyal Subject (c. 1616–19; published 1647, 1679)

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„Deeds, not words.“

—  John Fletcher

The Lover's Progress (licensed 6 December 1623; revised 1634; published 1647), Act iii. Sc. 4. Compare: "Deeds, not words", Samuel Butler, Hudibras, part i, canto i, line 867.

„Fountain heads and pathless groves,
Places which pale passion loves.“

—  John Fletcher

The Nice Valour (c. 1615–25; publsihed 1647), Act iii, scene 3.

„There is no jesting with edge tools.“

—  John Fletcher, The Little French Lawyer

Act IV, scene vii.
The Little French Lawyer (c. 1619–23; published 1647)

„Though I say't that should not say't.“

—  John Fletcher

Wit at Several Weapons (with Thomas Middleton and William Rowley; c. 1610–20; published 1647), Act II, scene 2.

„And he that will to bed go sober
Falls with the leaf in October.“

—  John Fletcher

Act II, scene ii. The following well-known catch, or glee, is formed on this song: "He who goes to bed, and goes to bed sober, Falls as the leaves do, and dies in October; But he who goes to bed, and goes to bed mellow, Lives as he ought to do, and dies an honest fellow".
Rollo, Duke of Normandy, or The Bloody Brother, (c. 1617; revised c. 1627–30; published 1639)

„Drink today, and drown all sorrow;
You shall perhaps not do't tomorrow.“

—  John Fletcher

Act II, scene ii.
Rollo, Duke of Normandy, or The Bloody Brother, (c. 1617; revised c. 1627–30; published 1639)

„I'll put a spoke among your wheels.“

—  John Fletcher, The Mad Lover

The Mad Lover, (acted 5 January 1617; 1647), Act III, scene 5.

„I'll have a fling.“

—  John Fletcher, Rule a Wife and Have a Wife

Rule a Wife and Have a Wife (licensed 19 October 1624; 1640), Act III, scene 5.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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