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JOHN WILMOT, 2ND EARL OF ROCHESTER
English courtier, wit and writer of songs, satires, etc.
(1647 - 1680)

All men would be cowards if they durst.
      - [Cowards]

Books bear him up awhile, and make him try to swim with bladders of philosophy.
      - [Books]

Born to myself, I like myself alone.
      - [Self]

Custom does often reason overrule.
      - [Custom]

Envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame that nobody ever had the confidence to own it.
      - [Envy]

For pointed satire I would Buckhurst choose,
  The best man with the worst-natures muse.
      - an illusion to Horace "Satire X", bk. I
        [Poets]

Here lies our mutton-looking king,
  Whose word no man relied on,
    Who never said a foolish thing
      No ever did a wise one.
      - another version of Rochester's Epitaph on Charles II included in the works of Quarles
        [Royalty]

Here lies our sovereign lord, the king,
  Whose word no man relies on,
    Who never said a foolish thing,
      And never did a wise one.
      - to Charles II, who answered, "That is very true, for my words are my own. My actions are my minister's." according to the account in Hume's "History of England", VIII, p. 312
        [Royalty]

It is a very good world to live in,
  To lend, or to spend, or to give in;
    But to beg, or to borrow, or to get a man's own,
      It's the very worst world that ever was known.
      - [World]

Mothers who force their daughters into interested marriage, are worse than the Ammonites who sacrificed their children to Moloch--the latter undergoing a speedy death, the former suffering years of torture, but too frequently leading to the same result.
      - [Marriage]

'Tis a meaner part of sense to find a fault than taste an excellence.
      - [Faults]

Where solid pains succeed our senseless joys, and short-lived pleasures pass like fleeting dreams.
      - [Pleasure]

A merry monarch, scandalous and poor.
      - On the King [Royalty]

Nothing, thou elder brother e'en to shade.
      - Poem on Nothing [Nothingness]

Angels listen when she speaks;
  She's my delight, all mankind's wonder;
    But my jealous heart would break
      Should we live one day asunder.
      - Song--My Dear Mistress has a Heart (st. 2)
        [Women]


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