Who is Francis Quarles

Francis Quarles Francis Quarles (about 8 May 1592 – 8 September 1644) was an English poet most famous for his emblem book aptly entitled Emblems.

Career Francis was born in Romford, Essex (now London Borough of Havering), and baptised there on 8 May 1592. He traced his ancestry to a family settled in England before the Norman Conquest with a long history in royal service. His great-grandfather, George Quarles, was Auditor to Henry VIII, and his father,...
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Francis Quarles Poems

  • On Change Of Weather
    And were it for thy profit, to obtain
    All sunshine? No vicissitude of rain?
    Think'st thou that thy laborious plough requires
    Not winter frosts as well as summer fires? ...
  • Sonnets
    Mors Christi.

    And am I here, and my Redeemer gone ?
    Can he be dead, and is not my life done ? ...
  • Why Dost Thou Shade Thy Lovely Face?
    1 Why dost thou shade thy lovely face? Oh, why
    2 Does that eclipsing hand so long deny
    3 The sunshine of thy soul-enliv'ning eye?
    ...
  • The Loadstone
    Eternal God! O Thou that only art
    The sacred fountain of eternal light,
    And blessed loadstone of my better part,
    O Thou my heart's desire, my soul's delight! ...
  • Sion's Sonnets
    Bridegroom.

    Now rests my love : till nuw her tender brest,
    Wanting her joy, could finde no peace, no rest; ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Francis Quarles

World 8 Heaven 7 God 7 Soul 7 Tender 6 I Love You 6 Long 6 Death 6 Love 6 Live 6


Francis Quarles Quotes

  • Socrates called beauty a short-lived tyranny; Plato, a privilege of nature; Theophrastus, a silent cheat; Theocritus, a delightful prejudice; Carneades, a solitary kingdom; Aristotle, that it was better than all the letters of recommendation in the world; Homer, that it was a glorious gift of nature; and Ovid, that it was favor bestowed by the gods.
  • Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise.
  • Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse.
  • Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse.
  • Use law and physic only for necessity. They that use them otherwise abuse themselves into weak bodies and light purses. They are good remedies, bad businesses, and worse recreations.
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Comments about Francis Quarles

  • Maccocktail: "a full tongue and an empty brain are seldom parted." ― francis quarles (born this day, may 8, 1592)
  • Charlesafrancis: “my mind’s my kingdom.” ~ francis quarles
  • Sanjabh: "the voice of humility is god's music and the silence of humility is god's rhetoric•" francis quarles
  • Melaniejaxn: "has fortune dealt you some bad cards? then let wisdom make you a good gamester." ~ happy birthday, francis quarles
  • Book_addict: happy birthday to english poet francis quarles (may 8, 1592), author of "emblems" (1635) et al.
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