Edmund Waller Poems
- Go, Lovely Rose! Go, lovely rose! Tell her that wastes her ...
- On Tea Venus her myrtle, Phoebus has her bays; Tea both ...
- The Dancer Behold the brand of beauty tossed! See how the ...
- Old Age The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er; So ...
- Of English Verse Poets may boast, as safely vain, Their ...
- To Phyllis Phyllis! why should we delay Pleasures shorter ...
- On A Girdle That which her slender waist confin'd, Shall now...
Edmund Waller was an English poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1679.
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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Go, Lovely Rose!
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.
Tell her that's young,
And shuns to have her graces spied,
That hadst thou sprung
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died.
Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired;
Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.
Then die! that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee;
How small a part of time they ...