Francis Beaumont

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Francis Beaumont (1584March 6 1616) was a dramatist in the English Renaissance theatre, most famous for his collaborations with John Fletcher.


  • What things have we seen
    Done at the Mermaid! heard words that have been
    So nimble and so full of subtile flame
    As if that every one from whence they came
    Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest,
    And resolved to live a fool the rest
    Of his dull life.
    • Letter to Ben Jonson.
  • Mortality, behold and fear!
    What a change of flesh is here!
    Think how many royal bones
    Sleep within this heap of stones:
    Here they lie had realms and lands,
    Who now want strength to stir their hands

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