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First Reading

Terry F  •  Link

*The Unfortunate Lovers, A tragedie*, licensed April 16, 1638; printed 1643, the only play of Davenant's new and printed for the first tme during the Civil War.

Terry F  •  Link

(from "The Unfortunate Lovers," 1643)
by: Sir William Davenant (1606-1668)

'IS, in good truth, a most wonderful thing
(I am even ashamed to relate it)
That love so many vexations should bring,
And yet few have the wit to hate it.

Love's weather in maids should seldom hold fair:
Like April's mine shall quickly alter;
I'll give him to-night a lock of my hear,
To whom next day I'll send a halter.

I cannot abide these malapert males,
Pirates of love, who know no duty;
Yet love with a storm can take down their sales,
And they must strike to Admiral Beauty.

Farewell to that maid who will be undone,
Who in markets of men (where plenty
Is cried up and down) will die for even one;
I will live to make fools of twenty.


Michael Robinson  •  Link

The only two separate editions; ESTC notes no copy of either in the Pepysian Library.

The vnfortunate lovers: a tragedie; as it vvas lately acted vvith great applause at the private house in Black-Fryers; by His Majesties servants. The author William Davenaut [sic], servant to Her Majestie.
London : printed by R.H. and are to be sold by Francis Coles at his shop in the Old Bayley, anno Dom. 1643.
[8], 47, [1] p. ; 4⁰. Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), D348


London : printed by Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his shop at the Princes Armes in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1649.
[8], 47, [1] p. ; 4⁰. Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), D349

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Vnfortunate Lovers: a Tragedie; as it was lately acted with great applause at the private House in BlackFryers; By His Majesties Servants. The Author Sir William Davenant, Servant to her Majestie London, Printed by H. H. and are to be sold by Francis Coles at his Shop in the Old Bayley, Anno Dom. 1648. 4to.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The dramatic works of Sir William D'Avenant : with prefatory memoir and notes
by D'Avenant, William, Sir, 1606-1668; Logan, W. H. (William Hugh), d. 1882; Maidment, James, 1793-1879.

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