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Edmund Waller

(3 March 1606 – 21 October 1687 / Coleshill / Buckinghamshire / England)

Edmund Waller
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Edmund Waller was an English poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1679.

Early Life

Edmund Waller was the eldest son of Robert Waller of Coleshill, Herts, and Anne Hampden, his wife; thus he was first cousin to John Hampden. He was descended from the Waller family of Groombridge Place, Kent. Early in his childhood his father moved the family to Beaconsfield. Of Waller's early education all we know is his own account that he "was bred under several ill, dull and ignorant schoolmasters, until he went to Mr Dobson at Wycombe, who was a good schoolmaster and had been an Eton scholar." Robert Waller died in 1616, and ... more »

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  • ''Then die that she
    The common fate of all things rare
    May read in thee;''
    Edmund Waller (1606-1687), British poet. Go, Lovely Rose (l. 16-18). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3...
  • ''Go, lovely Rose—
    Tell her that wastes her time and me
    That now she knows,
    When I resemble her to thee,
    How sweet and fair she seems to be.''
    Edmund Waller (1606-1687), British poet. Go, Lovely Rose (l. 1-5). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ...
  • ''The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest,
    Savours too much of private interest.''
    Edmund Waller (1606-1687), British poet. Of Divine Love, cto. 2.
  • ''Poets that lasting Marble seek
    Must carve in Latine or in Greek,
    We write in Sand, our Language grows,
    And like the Tide our work o'erflows.''
    Edmund Waller (1606-1687), British poet. Of English Verse (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode a...
  • The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed,
    Lets in new light through chinks that Time has made:
    Stronger by weakness, wiser men become
    As they draw near to their eternal home....
    Edmund Waller (1606-1687), British poet. Of The Last Verses in the Book (l. 7-12). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and o...
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