Mrs Marwood from Act ii Scene i
True, ’tis an unhappy circumstance of life,
That love should ever die before us;
And that the man so often should outlive the lover.
But say what you will,
’Tis better to be left than never to have been loved.
To pass our youth in dull indifference,
To refuse the sweets of life because they once must leave us,
Is as preposterous as to wish to have been born old,
Because we one day must be old.
For my part, my youth may wear and waste,
But it shall never rust in my possession.
1670 — 1729