Edmund Waller

Edmund Waller, FRS (3 March 1606 – 21 October 1687) was an English
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A poet is a person who writes poetry. A poet's work can be literal, meaning that his work is derived from a specific event, or metaphorical, meaning that his work can take on many meanings and forms. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, and have produced works that vary...

 and politician
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 who sat in the House of Commons
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 at various times between 1624 and 1679.
Edmund Waller was the eldest son of Robert Waller of Coleshill
Coleshill, Buckinghamshire
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, Herts
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, and Anne Hampden, his wife; thus he was first cousin to John Hampden
John Hampden
John Hampden was an English politician, the eldest son of William Hampden, of Hampden House, Great Hampden in Buckinghamshire, John Hampden (ca. 15951643) was an English politician, the eldest son of William Hampden, of Hampden House, Great Hampden in Buckinghamshire, John Hampden (ca. 15951643)...

. He was descended from the Waller family of Groombridge Place
Groombridge Place
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, Kent. Early in his childhood his father moved the family to Beaconsfield
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Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse,And every conqueror creates a muse.

Panegyric to My Lord Protector (or Panegyric on Cromwell).

Guarded with ships, and all our sea our own.

To My Lord of Falkland.

To man, that was in th' evening made,Stars gave the first delight;Admiring, in the gloomy shade,Those little drops of light.

An Apology for Having Loved Before (1664).

That which her slender waist confinedShall now my joyful temples bind;No monarch but would give his crownHis arms might do what this has done.

On a Girdle (1664), st. 1.

My joy, my grief, my hope, my love,Did all within this circle move!

On a Girdle (1664), st. 2.

Go, lovely rose!Tell her that wastes her time and meThat now she knows,When I resemble her to thee,How sweet and fair she seems to be.

Go, Lovely Rose (1664), st. 1.

How small a part of time they shareThat are so wondrous sweet and fair!

Go, Lovely Rose (1664), st. 2.

Poets that lasting marble seekMust come in Latin or in Greek.

Of English Verse (1668)