Birth date: 
1639
Death date: 
1701
Birth town: 
Country: 
England

English wit and dramatist, was born about 1639, and was the son of Sir John Sedley of Aylesford in Kent. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, but left without taking a degree.
He was member of parliament for New Romney in Kent, and took an active and useful part in politics.
Sedley is famous as a patron of literature in the Restoration period. Famous for his wit, he was a member of the intimate circle of young rakes at the court of Charles II.
As a writer, he gained a deserved reputation alike for the clearness and ease of his prose and for a certain poetic gift, more appreciable in his occasional lyrics than in the serious parts of his dramas.
He wrote several plays, his first comedy, written in 1668, The Mulberry Garden is based, in part, on Molière’s L’École des Maris and is written in that mixture of prose and heroic couplets which Etherege introduced in his Comical Revenge. Bellamira or The Mistress written in 1687 a licentous comedy is supposedly his best which, though founded on the Eunuchus of Terence, presents a lively, if coarsely realistic, picture of the reckless pursuit of pleasure of Sedley’s day.
He has written two tragedies Antony and Cleopatra (1667) and The Tyrant King of Crete (1702). He also produced a play The Grumbler (1702), an adaptation of Le Grondeur of Brueys and Palaprat. He also wrote amorous lyrics.
Phyllis is my only joy, his famous song is widely known.

Poems by this Poet

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Advice to the Old Beaux 19 May 2014
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Child and Maiden 31 July 2013
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Love still has something of the sea 31 July 2013
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Marriage and Money 29 November 2013
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Not, Celia, That I Juster Am 29 November 2013
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On a Cock at Rochester 19 May 2014
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On the Happy Corydon and Phyllis 29 November 2013
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Phyllis Is My Only Joy 31 July 2013
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Song 5 September 2014
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Song 31 July 2013
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