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By John Wilmot, H. Frank Ellis

Whereas residing a lifetime of reckless debauchery and sexual adventuring, Rochester produced comedian verse, scurrilous satires, and hugely particular erotica. His chosen Works, edited through Frank H. Ellis and now to be had from Penguin Classics, express him to be one of many wittiest and most complicated poets of the 17th century. With never-ending literary disguises, rhymes and alliteration, humor and humanity, Rochester's poems delay a reflect to the extravagances and absurdities of his age.

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DAINTY Who knocked at door simply now? was once it a few lady? BOYMistress Manners’s maid, sir, with a posset for you. DAINTY and also you by no means introduced her up, you rascal? How can (20) you be so ill-bred and belong to me? See who knocks there. another girl? go out Boy Mistress Manners’s fondness for me is especially worthwhile, for in addition to the good stuff she continually sends me, and cash I borrow of her occasionally, i've got an additional prospect. Sir Lionel’s (25) daughters, that are in her cost, either like me, however the youngest I pitch upon. and since I can’t marry ’em either, my younger the Aristocracy, Mr Squab, shall have the opposite sister. yet I’ll bubble him afterwards. hence I’ll elevate my fortune, that is all i need, for i'm an agreeable guy and (30) every body likes me. input Boy. BOY ’Tis Mr Squab, sir. DAINTY name him up, yet comb your periwig first. allow me comb it. you're the laziest sloven! The Maimed Debauchee As a few courageous admiral, in former conflict disadvantaged of strength yet pressed with braveness nonetheless, rival fleets showing from afar, Crawls to the head of an adjoining hill, 5From whence (with ideas jam-packed with predicament) he perspectives The clever and bold behavior of the struggle, and every daring motion to his brain renews His current glory and his previous satisfaction; From his fierce eyes flashes of rage he throws, 10As from black clouds while lightning breaks away, Transported, thinks himself amidst his foes, And absent, but enjoys the bloody day; So whilst my days of impotence procedure, And I’m by means of pox and wine’s unfortunate probability 15Forced from the exciting billows of debauch at the boring shore of lazy temperance, My pains at the very least a few respite shall have the funds for, while I behold the battles they preserve while fleets of glasses sail concerning the board, 20From whose broadsides volleys of wit shall rain; Nor shall the sight of honourable scars, Which my too ahead valour did procure, Frighten new-listed squaddies from the wars: previous joys have greater than paid what I undergo. 25  may still any formative years (worth being inebriated) turn out great And from his reasonable inviter meanly cut down, ’Twould please the ghost of my departed Vice If at my guidance he repent and drink. Or may still a few cold-complexioned sot forbid, 30With his boring morals, our daring evening alarms, I’ll fireplace his blood by way of telling what I did whilst i used to be powerful and ready to undergo hands. I’ll inform of whores attacked (their lords at home), Bawds’ quarters crushed up and fort received, 35Windows demolished, watches triumph over, And good-looking ills by means of my contrivance performed. Nor shall our love-fits, Cloris, be forgot, while each one the well-looked linkboy strove t’enjoy, And the easiest kiss used to be the determining lot 40Whether the boy fucked you, or I the boy. With stories like those i'm going to such warmth motivate As to special mischief shall incline; I’ll make him lengthy a few historic church to fireside And worry no lewdness he’s referred to as to via wine. 45Thus statesmanlike I’ll saucily impose And secure from motion valiantly suggest, Sheltered in impotence urge you to blows, And being reliable for not anything else, be clever.

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