|Earl of Rochester|
S O N G.
1. Duchess of Cleveland, Barbara Palmer, formerly Countess of Castlemaine.
Quoth the Duchess of Cleveland to counselor Knight,1|
"I'd fain have a prick, knew I how to come by 't.
I desire you'll be secret and give your advice:
Though cunt be not coy, reputation is nice."
"To some cellar in Sodom Your Grace must retire 2
Where porters with black-pots sit round a coal-fire;
There open your case, and Your Grace cannot fail
Of a dozen of pricks for a dozen of ale."
"Is't so?" quoth the Duchess. "Aye, by God!" quoth the whore.
"Then give me the key that unlocks the back door,
For I'd rather be fucked by porters and car-men 3
Than thus be abused by Churchill and Jermyn." 4
One of the most important mistresses of Charles II in the decade after the Restoration,
she had several other lovers; Knight, Mary Knight, singer and minor mistress of Charles II.
2. Sodom, in reference to a disreputable district of London.
3. car-men, drivers of horse-drawn carts.
4. Churchill and Jermyn, John Churchill, who later became the Duke of Marlborough;
Henry Jermyn, Master of the Horse to the Duke of York. On July 30, 1667, Pepys goes
into some detail on the King quarrelling with her on Jermyn's account.[Link].
Rudrum, Alan, et al., eds. The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth Century Verse & Prose.
Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2000. 1155.
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