|Earl of Rochester|
To his Sacred Majesty.
The earliest extant verses ascribed to Rochester are some lines |
sent to King Charles II on his return to England in May, 1660.
Virtues Triumphant Shrine! who do'st engage|
At once three Kingdoms in a Pilgrimage;
Which in extatick duty strive to come
Out of themselves, as well as from their home:
Whilst England grows one Camp, and London is
It self the Nation, not Metropolis;
And Loyal Kent renews her Arts agen,
Fencing her ways with moving Groves of Men,
Forgive this distant homage, which does meet
Your blest approach on sedentary feet:
And though my youth, not patient yet to bear
The weight of Arms, denies me to appear
In Steel before you; yet great SIR, approve
My manly wishes, and more vigorous Love;
In whom a cold Respect were Treason to
A Father's Ashes, greater than to you;
Whose one Ambition 'tis for to be known,
By daring Loyalty, your Wilmot's son.
De Sola Pinto, Vivian. Enthusiast in Wit: A Portrait of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.
Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1962. 9.
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