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Here lies our mutton-looking king,
  Whose word no man relied on,
    Who never said a foolish thing
      No ever did a wise one.
      - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester,
        another version of Rochester's Epitaph on Charles II included in the works of Quarles

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.
      - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester,
        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

A merry monarch, scandalous and poor.
      - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester,
        On the King

Hail to the crown by Freedom shaped--to gird
  An English sovereign's brow! and to the throne
    Whereon he sits! whose deep foundations lie
      In veneration and the people's love.
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (bk. IV)

A partial world will list to my lays,
  While Anna reigns, and sets a female name
    Unrival'd in the glorious lists of fame.
      - Edward Young, Force of Religion
         (bk. I, l. 6)


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