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(16 June 1613 – 29 April 1658 / Loughborough, England)

Quotations

  • ''The People's violent Love and Hate;
    One in extreames lov'd and abhor'd.
    Riddles lie here; or in a word,
    Here lies Blood; and let it lie
    Speechlesse still, and never crie.''
    John Cleveland (1613-1658), British poet. Epitaph on the Earl of Strafford (l. 10-14). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''I am no Poet here; my pen 's the spout,
    Where the rain water of my eyes run out,
    In pity of that name, whose fate wee see
    Thus copied out in griefs Hydrography:
    The Muses are not Mer-maids, though upon
    His death the Ocean might turn Helicon''
    John Cleveland (1613-1658), British poet. On the Memory of Mr. Edward King, Drowned in the Irish Seas (l. 5-10). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).

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The Rebel Scot

How, Providence? and yet a Scottish crew?
Then Madam Nature wears black patches too!
What, shall our nation be in bondage thus
Unto a land that truckles under us?
Ring the bells backward! I am all on fire.
Not all the buckets in a country quire
Shall quench my rage. A poet should be feared
When angry, like a comet's flaming beard.
And where's the stoic can his wrath appease,

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