John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: The Poems and Lucina's Rape by Keith Walker, Nicholas Fisher

By Keith Walker, Nicholas Fisher

Development at the energy of Keith Walker’s acclaimed The Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1984), major pupil Nicholas Fisher provides a completely revised and up-to-date variation of the paintings of 1 the best recovery wits.Includes the textual content of Lucina’s Rape, Rochester’s variation of Fletcher’s revenge tragedy Valentinian,  in a textual content that easily identifies Rochester’s revisionsPresents the poems in types that have been present in the course of Rochester’s lifetime, permitting the reader to adventure the poems as Rochester’s contemporaries didIncorporates insights and discoveries remodeled the final twenty-five years and texts of manuscripts that in the past have been unavailable for examine

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Johan, Comes Roffen. è Coll. Wadh. 1: ‘Barbara pyramidum sileat miracula Memphis’, describes this as ‘a trick more suggestive of the very young undergraduate, Rochester, than the well-read Whitehall’ (Love, p. 436). This, and the following poem (‘Respite great Queen’), were first printed in a collection of verses in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and English on the death of Mary, Princess Royal of England and Princess of Orange, from smallpox on Christmas Eve, 1660. May the impious clamours of the blasphemous mob be silent; I absolve the doctors and their innocent hands.

3: The Present onely has a being in Nature; things Past have a being in the Memory onely, but things to come have no being at all; the Future being but a fiction of the mind, applying the sequels of actions Past, to the actions that are Present . . Ultimately, as Love points out, Hobbes’s observation derives from Augustine’s Confessions, ii. 239 (p. 358). 14 livelong minute: ‘A Minute experienced as longer than its actual duration’ (Love, p. 359). Love Poems 29 Authorship: Attributed to Rochester in Harvard fMS Eng 636; 1680; Songs set by Signior Pietro Reggio [London, 1680]; and 1691.

Wadh. Coll. 5 10 15 3–4 extatick duty . . Out of themselves: playing on the etymological sense of ‘ecstasy’ from Greek eksistanai ‘to put out of place’. ) verse (feet). 18 WILMOT: Henry Wilmot, successively Viscount Wilmot of Athlone and Baron Wilmot of Adderbury, was created Earl of Rochester (13 December 1652) for his services to the King during the civil wars. 2 Poems Authorship: Attributed to Rochester in the copy-text and again in 1691. Love puts the poem in a section of ‘Poems probably by Rochester’, but notes Anthony à Wood’s claim ‘these three copies were made [Wood is speaking also of “Impia blasphemi” and “Respite great Queen”], as ’twas then well known, by Robert Whitehall a physician of Merton college, who pretended to instruct the count (then twelve years of age) in the art of poetry’ (Athenæ Oxonienses (London, 1691–2), ii, col.

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