ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

(1606-1687)


Waller studied at High Wycombe and Eton before entering King's College as a fellow commoner in 1621; he left for Lincoln's Inn the following year, and from 1624 sat in Parliament. He was expelled from Parliament and imprisoned in the Tower of London (1643-44), fined and banished to France. In 1651 Waller returned with a pardon from his cousin Oliver Cromwell and was a commissioner of trade (1655). Having written verses to both Cromwell and Charles II, late in life he became Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663.


TEXT RECORDS:

1645In Answer to [One who writ against a Fair Lady], &c.
1645The Apology of Sleep.
1645The Battell of the Summer Islands.
1645Thirsis, Galatea.
1683To Mr. Creech on his Translation of Lucretius.

PUBLICATIONS:

Rex redux. 1633.
An honourable and learned speech against prelates' innovations. 1641.
Mr. Waller's speech in the Painted Chamber 6 July, 1641. 1641.
A worthy speech made in the House of Commons. 1641.
To the Kings most excellent Majesty. 1642.
Speech 4 July, 1643. 1643.
The workes. 1645.
The life and death of William Laud. 1645.
A panegyrick to My Lord Protector. 1655.
A lamentable narration. 1658.
The passion of Dido for Aeneas ... translated [by Waller and Godolphin]. 1658.
Upon the late storme, and the death of his Highness. 1658.
The passion of Dido [with Godolphin]. 1658.
To the King, upon his Majesties happy return. 1660.
To my Lady Morton. 1661.
A poem on St. James's Park. 1661.
To the Queen, upon her Majesty's birthday. 1663.
Pompey the great: a tragedy, translated [collaboration]. 1664.
Upon her Majesty's new buildings at Somerset House. 1665.
Instructions to a painter for the drawing of the posture and progress of his Majesties forces at sea. 1666.
Of the Lady Mary. 1677.
A poem on the present assembling of the Parliament. 1679.
The new masque. 1683?
Divine poems. 1685.
A poem upon the present assembly of Parliament. 1685.
The maid's tragedy, altered. 1690.
The second part of Mr Waller's poems. 1690.
Works, ed. Elijah Fenton. 1729.
Works, ed. Percival Stockdale. 1772.
Poems, ed. George Thorn-Drury. 2 vols, 1901.