The Mourning Bride
The Mourning Bride is a tragedy written by British playwright William Congreve. It premiered in 1697 at Betterton's Co., Lincoln's Inn Fields. The play centres on Zara, a queen held captive by Manuel, King of Granada, and a web of love and deception which results in the mistaken murder of Manuel who is in disguise, and Zara's also mistaken suicide in response.
There are two very widely known quotations in the play; from the opening to the play:
- Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,
The word "breast" is often misquoted as "beast" and "has" sometimes appears as "hath". This misquotation is attributable to Congreve's suspected borrowing from Thomas May's poem published in the 1620's stating "...Whose charming voice and matchless musick mov'd, moves savage beasts, stones and trees."
Also often repeated is a quotation of Zara in Act III, Scene VIII:
- Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd,
- Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.
This is usually paraphrased as "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." 
Potentially anticipating Congreve, Colley Cibber's play Love's Last Shift in 1696:
- He shall find no Fiend in Hell can match the fury of a disappointed Woman!
- - Scorned! slighted! dismissed without a parting Pang!
- From text at . See also Quotes from The Mourning Bride.
- Congreve, William (1753). The Mourning Bride: A Tragedy. Dublin: J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper in the Strand. p. 46. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- Merz, Theo (21 January 2014). "Ten literary quotes we all get wrong". Telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 Aug. 2018.
- Erskine-Hill, H., Lindsay, A. (eds), William Congreve: The Critical Heritage, Routledge (1995).
- Congreve, W., The Works of Mr. Congreve: Volume 2. Containing: The Mourning Bride; The Way of the World; The Judgment of Paris; Semele; and Poems on Several Occasions, Adamant Media (2001), facsimile reprint of a 1788 edition published in London.
- Mackenzie, D., The Works of William Congreve: Volume I, OUP Oxford (2011), v. 1, pp.5-94.
- Congreve, William (1753). The Mourning Bride: A Tragedy. Dublin: J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper in the Strand. p. 46. https://books.google.com/books?id=U3ACAAAAYAAJ Retrieved 18 Aug. 2017.
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