Complete Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

ISBN-10: 0300097131

ISBN-13: 9780300097139

Edition: 2002

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Description: John Wilmot, the notorious Earl of Rochester, was the darling of the profligate court of Charles II. He was one of the finest poets of the Restoration and model for countless witty young rakes in Restoration comedies. This edition of his poetry is annotated and introduced by David M. Vieth.

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

David M. Vieth was professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Preface
Introduction
Rochester's Life
Rochester's Poetry
This Edition
Rochester Studies 1925-1967
Prentice Work (1665-1671)
Song ('Twas a dispute 'twixt heaven and earth)
A Pastoral Dialogue between Alexis and Strephon (There sighs not on the plain)
A Dialogue between Strephon and Daphne (Prithee now, fond fool, give o'er)
Song (Give me leave to rail at you)
A Song (Insulting beauty, you misspend)
A Song (My dear mistress has a heart)
Song (While on those lovely looks I gaze)
Song (At last you'll force me to confess)
Woman's Honor (Love bade me hope, and I obeyed)
The Submission (To this moment a rebel, I throw down my arms)
Written in a Lady's Prayer Book (Fling this useless book away)
The Discovery (Celia, the faithful servant you disown)
The Advice (All things submit themselves to your command)
Under King Charles II's Picture (I, John Roberts, writ this same)
Rhyme to Lisbon (A health to Kate)
Impromptu on Louis XIV (Lorraine you stole; by fraud you got Burgundy)
Rochester Extempore (And after singing Psalm the Twelfth)
Spoken Extempore to a Country Clerk after Having Heard Him Sing Psalms (Sternhold and Hopkins had great qualms)
To My More Than Meritorious Wife (I am, by fate, slave to your will)
Letter from Miss Price to Lord Chesterfield (These are the gloves that I did mention)
The Platonic Lady (I could love thee till I die)
Song (As Chloris full of harmless thought)
Song (Fair Chloris in a pigsty lay)
Early Maturity (1672-1673)
Song (What cruel pains Corinna takes)
Song (Phyllis, be gentler, I advise)
Epistle (Could I but make my wishes insolent)
Sab: Lost (She yields, she yields! Pale Envy said amen)
Two Translations from Lucretius
(Great Mother of Aeneas, and of Love)
(The gods, by right of nature, must possess)
To Love (O Love! how cold and slow to take my part)
The Imperfect Enjoyment (Naked she lay, clasped in my longing arms)
A Ramble in St. James's Park (Much wine had passed, with grave discourse)
On the Women about Town (Too long the wise Commons have been in debate)
Song (Quoth the Duchess of Cleveland to counselor Knight)
The Second Prologue at Court to "The Empress of Morocco," Spoken by the Lady Elizabeth Howard (With has of late took up a trick t' appear)
Song (Love a woman? You're an ass)
Upon His Drinking a Bowl (Vulcan, contrive me such a cup)
Grecian Kindness (The utmost grace the Greeks could show)
Signior Dildo (You ladies all of merry England)
A Satyr on Charles II (I' th' isle of Britain, long since famous grown)
Tragic Maturity (1674-1675)
Timon (What, Timon! does old age begin t' approach)
Tunbridge Wells (At five this morn, when Phoebus raised his head)
Upon His Leaving His Mistress ('Tis not that I am weary grown)
Against Constancy (Tell me no more of constancy)
Song (early version) (How happy, Chloris, were they free)
To a Lady in a Letter (final version) (Such perfect bliss, fair Chloris, we)
Song (Leave this gaudy gilded stage)
The Fall (How blest was the created state)
The Mistress (An age in her embraces passed)
A Song (Absent from thee, I languish still)
A Song of a Young Lady to Her Ancient Lover (Ancient person, for whom I)
Love and Life (All my past life is mine no more)
Epilogue to "Love in the Dark," As It Was Spoke by Mr. Haines (As charms are nonsense, nonsense seems a charm)
A Satyr against Reason and Mankind (Were I who to my cost already am)
Fragment (What vain, unnecessary things are men)
A Letter from Artemisia in the Town to Chloe in the Country (Chloe, in verse by your command I write)
A Very Heroical Epistle in Answer to Ephelia (If you're deceived, it is not by my cheat)
The Disabled Debauchee (As some brave admiral, in former war)
Upon Nothing (Nothing! thou elder brother even to Shade)
An Allusion to Horace, the Tenth Satyr of the First Book (Well, sir, 'tis granted I said Dryden's rhymes)
Disillusionment and Death (1676-1680)
Dialogue (When to the King I bid good morrow)
To the Postboy (Son of a whore, God damn you! can you tell)
On the Supposed Author of a Late Poem in Defence of Satyr (To rack and torture thy unmeaning brain)
Impromptu on Charles II (God bless our good and gracious King)
Impromptu on the English Court (Here's Monmouth the witty)
The Mock Song (I swive as well as others do)
On Cary Frazier (Her father gave her dildoes six)
On Mrs. Willis (Against the charms our ballocks have)
Song (By all love's soft, yet mighty powers)
Epilogue to "Circe" (Some few, from wit, have this true maxim got)
On Poet Ninny (Crushed by that just contempt his follies bring)
My Lord All-Pride (Bursting with pride, the loathed impostume swells)
An Epistolary Essay from M.G. to O.B. upon Their Mutual Poems (Dear friend, I hear this town does so abound)
Epigram on Thomas Otway (To form a plot)
Answer to a Paper of Verses Sent Him by Lady Betty Felton and Taken out of the Translation of Ovid's "Epistles," 1680 (What strange surprise to meet such words as these)
A Translation from Seneca's "Troades," Act II, Chorus (After death nothing is, and nothing, death)
Poems Possibly by Rochester
To His Sacred Majesty, on His Restoration in the Year 1660 (Virtue's triumphant shrine! who dost engage)
In Obitum Serenissimae Mariae Principis Arausionensis (Impia blasphemi sileant convitia vulgi)
To Her Sacred Majesty, the Queen Mother, on the Death of Mary, Princess of Orange (Respite, great Queen, your just and hasty fears)
A Rodomontade on His Cruel Mistress (Trust not that thing called woman: she is worse)
Against Marriage (Out of mere love and arrant devotion)
A Song (Injurious charmer of my vanquished heart)
Epigram on Samuel Pordage (Poet, whoe'er thou art, God damn thee)
On Rome's Pardons (If Rome can pardon sins, as Romans hold)
Works Cited by Cue Titles in the Notes
Notes on the Texts, Authorship, and Dates of the Poems
First-Line List of Poems Omitted from This Edition
Indexes
First-Line Index to the Poems
Index of Persons
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