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The works of John Dryden,

John Dryden

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. . .ere is a hen of the game too, but we shall tame you in the fire.

Wom. My innocence shall there be tried like gold, till it come out the purer. When you have burnt me all into one wound, cram gunpowder into it, and blow me up, I'll not confess one word to shame my country.

Har. I think we have got here the mother of the Maccabees; away with them all three. [Exeunt the English guarded.] I'll take the pains myself to see these tortured.
[Exeunt Harman, Van Herring, and the two Dutchmen with the English: Manet Fiscal.

Enter Julia to the Fiscal.

Jul. Oh you have ruined me! you have undone me, in the person of my husband!

Fisc. If he will needs forfeit his life to the laws, by joining with the English in a plot, it is not in me to save him; but, dearest Julia, be satisfied, you shall not want a husband.

Jul. Do you think I'll ev. . . Read More

Community Reviews

At the end of his life. Dryden described himself as one "who had done his best to improve the language and especially the poetry," of his country. To a substantial extent he was justified in saying this, for even putting aside his actually great activities in English prose, he had elucidated and tid

I'm not sure if Dryden's rewrite/butchery of Troilus and Cressida is actually included in the various works of John Dryden, but it's as good a place as any to record that I reread his version again. As I've said before, if you're looking for literary genius, just go back to Shakespeare and Chaucer.