English writer and dramatist (1652-1685)
Thomas Otway (March 3, 1652 – April 14, 1685) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period.
- O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
Angels are painted fair, to look like you:
There ’s in you all that we believe of heaven,—
Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
Eternal joy, and everlasting love.
- Venice Preserv'd (1682), Act i. Sc. 1.
- Dear as the vital warmth that feeds my life;
Dear as these eyes, that weep in fondness o’er thee.
- Venice Preserv'd (1682), Act v. Sc. 1. Compare: "Dear as the light that visits these sad eyes; Dear as the ruddy drops that warm my heart", Thomas Gray, The Bard, part i. stanza 3.
- And die with decency.
- Venice Preserv'd (1682), Act v. Sc. 3.
- What mighty ills have not been done by woman!
Who was ’t betrayed the Capitol?—A woman!
Who lost Mark Antony the world?—A woman!
Who was the cause of a long ten years’ war,
And laid at last old Troy in ashes?—Woman!
Destructive, damnable, deceitful woman!
- The Orphan (1680), Act iii. Sc. 1. Compare: "O woman, woman! when to ill thy mind/ Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend", Alexander Pope, Homer’s Odyssey, book xi., line 531.
- Let us embrace, and from this very moment vow an eternal misery together.
- The Orphan (1680), Act iv. Sc. 2. Compare: "Let us swear an eternal friendship", John Hookham Frere, The Rovers, act i. sc. 1.