Category Archives: Congreve William

The Way of the World (excerpt) by William Congreve

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 … Continue reading

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The Old Bachelor (excerpt) by William Congreve

Song from Act ii Scene ii Thus, to a ripe, consenting maid, Poor, old, repenting Delia said, Would you long preserve your lover? Would you still his goddess reign? Never let him all discover, Never let him much obtain. Men … Continue reading

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False Though She Be by William Congreve

False though she be to me and love, I’ll ne’er pursue revenge; For still the charmer I approve, Though I deplore her change. In hours of bliss we oft have met: They could not always last; And though the present … Continue reading

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The Mourning Bride (excerpt) by William Congreve

Zara from Act iii Scene viii Ha! Who waits there? As you’ll answer it, take heed This Slave commit no Violence upon Himself. I’ve been deceiv’d. The Publick Safety Requires he should be more confin’d; and none, No not the … Continue reading

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