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Edmund Waller
FRS

Portrait of Edmund Waller, by John Riley, circa 1685
Born (1606-03-03)March 3, 1606
Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, England
Died October 21, 1687(1687-10-21) (aged 81)
Resting place St Mary and All Saints Church, Beaconsfield
Monuments Beaconsfield
Residence Hall Barn
Other names Rouen
Education

Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
Eton

Alma mater King’s College, Cambridge
Occupation

Poet
Politician

The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest, savors too much of private interest.
Edmund Waller
So must the writer, whose productions should Take with the vulgar, be of vulgar mould.
Edmund Waller
Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.
Tea does our fancy aid, Repress those vapours which the head invade, And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
Edmund Waller
The lark that shuns on lofty boughs to build, Her humble nest, lies silent in the field.
Edmund Waller
Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse, And every conqueror creates a muse.
Edmund Waller
And as pale sickness does invade, Your frailer part, the breaches made, In that fair lodging still more clear, Make the bright guest, your soul, appear.
Edmund Waller
Circle are praised, not that abound, In largeness, but the exactly round.
Stronger by weakness, wiser men become.
Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view, That stand upon the threshold of the new.
Edmund Waller
Poets lose half the praise they should have got, Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
Edmund Waller
How small a part of time they share, That are so wondrous sweet and fair!
The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er; So calm are we when passions are no more!
Edmund Waller
Give us enough but with a sparing hand.
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
Others may use the ocean as their road; Only the English make it their abode.
Edmund Waller
A narrow compass! and yet there Dwelt all that 's good, and all that 's fair; Give me but what this riband bound, Take all the rest the sun goes round.
Edmund Waller
His love at once and dread instruct our thought; As man He suffer'd and as God He taught.
Edmund Waller
Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.

Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.
All human things Of dearest value hang on slender strings.
To love is to believe, to hope, to know; Tis an essay, a taste of Heaven below!
Edmund Waller
Could we forbear dispute, and practise love, We should agree as angels do above.
Edmund Waller