Nicholas Rowe

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Nicholas Rowe (16741718), English dramatist, poet and miscellaneous writer, was appointed Poet Laureate in 1715.


  • And one false step entirely damns her fame.
    In vain with tears the loss she may deplore,
    In vain look back on what she was before;
    She sets like stars that fall, to rise no more.
    • Jane Shore (1714), Act I.
  • Your bounty is beyond my speaking;
    But though my mouth be dumb, my heart shall thank you.
    • Jane Shore (1714), Act II, scene 1.
  • Thou hast prevaricated with thy friend,
    By underhand contrivances undone me:
    And while my open nature trusted in thee,
    Thou hast slept in between me and my hopes,
    And ravish'd from me all my soul held dear.
    Thou hast betray'd me.
    • Lady Jane Grey (1715), Act II, scene 1, line 235.

The Fair Penitent (1703)[edit]

  • As if Misfortune made the throne her seat,
    And none could be unhappy but the great.
    • Prologue. Compare: "None think the great unhappy, but the great", Edward Young, The Love of Fame, satire 1, line 238.
  • At length the morn and cold indifference came.
    • Act i, scene 1. Compare: "But with the morning cool reflection came", Sir Walter Scott, Chronicles of the Canongate, chap. iv. Scott also quotes this in his notes to "The Monastery", chapter iii, note 11; and with "calm" substituted for "cool" in "The Antiquary", chapter v.; and with "repentance" for "reflection" in "Rob Roy", chapter xii.
  • Is she not more than painting can express,
    Or youthful poets fancy when they love?
    • Act iii, scene 1.
  • Is this that haughty gallant, gay Lothario?
    • Act v, scene 1.

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