Richard Lovelace

(1618-1657 / London / England)

Richard Lovelace
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English poet, born at Woolwich (southeast London) in 1618. He was a scion of a Kentish family, and inherited a tradition of military distinction, maintained by successive generations from the time of King Edward III. His father, Sir William Lovelace, had served in the Low Countries, received the honor of knighthood from King James I, and was killed at Grolle in 1628. His brother, Francis Lovelace, the "Colonel Francis" of Lucasta, served on the side of King Charles I, and defended Caermarthen in 1644. His mother's family was legal; her grandfather had been chief baron of the exchequer. Richard was educated at the Charterhouse and at Gloucester Hall, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1634. ... more »

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  • ''Then Love, I beg, when next thou takest thy bow,
    Thy angry shafts, and dost heart-chasing go,
    Pass rascal deer, strike me the largest doe.''
    Richard Lovelace (1618-1658), British poet. La Bella Bona Roba (l. 13-15). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kerm...
  • Love, then unstinted, Love did sip,
    And cherries plucked fresh from the lip;
    On cheeks and roses free he fed;
    Lasses like autumn plums did drop,
    And lads indifferently did ...
    Richard Lovelace (1618-1658), British poet. Love Made in the First Age: To Chloris (l. 13-18). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vo...
  • ''Poor verdant fool, and now green ice! thy joys,
    Large and as lasting as thy perch of grass,
    Bid us lay in 'gainst winter rain, and poise
    Their floods with an o'erflowing glass.''
    Richard Lovelace (1618-1658), British poet. The Grasshopper (l. 17-20). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds....
  • ''Then, if when I have lov'd my round,
    Thou prov'st the pleasant she,
    With spoils of meaner beauties crown'd
    I laden will return to thee,
    Ev'n sated with variety.''
    Richard Lovelace (1618-1658), British poet. The Scrutiny (l. 16-20). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3...
  • Stone walls do not a prison make,
    Nor iron bars a cage;
    Minds innocent and quiet take
    That for an hermitage;
    If I have freedom in my love
    And in my soul am free, Richard Lovelace (1618-1658), British poet. To Althea, from Prison (l. 25-32). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quille...
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