Talk:John Dryden

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Did Dryden ever write "To save the effusion of my people's blood"?. It's attributed to him everywhere on the 'net without a specific source. (, from history)

Good question, I will put your question on Project:Reference desk to gather wider interested people. --Aphaia 1 July 2005 16:28 (UTC)


Men are but children of a larger growth is a known phrase of John Dryden, only if I knew where he wrote it, I would add it to the page. Edoderoo (talk) 14:30, 8 November 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Edo, the quote is from the 1677 play All for love, scene I. The quote is the first sentence of the Dola's comment:
Dola. Men are but children of a larger growth ;
Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
And full as craving too, and full as vain;
And yet the soul, shut up in her dark
Viewing so clear abroad, at home sees nothing;
But, like a mole in earth, busy and blind,
Works all her folly up, and casts it outward
To the world's open view. Thus I discover'd,
And blamed the love of ruin'd Antony;
Yet wish that I were he, to be so ruin'd.
See also here. -- Mdd (talk) 17:50, 8 November 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]