1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sheffield

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:219.



It is said when this nobleman was sent to relieve Tangiers he was intentionally exposed in a leaky vessel, because he had made overtures of marriage to the Princess Anne. Charles II. was certainly unprincipled enough to commit any wickedness, but in this case there would have been some difficulty in getting a captain to assist in the plot. The most remarkable of his compositions is his own epitaph.

Dubius, sed non imbrobus vixi;
Incertus morior, non perturbatus;
Humanorum est nescire et errare;
—Deo confido
Omnipotenti, benevolentissimo,
Ens entium miserere mihi!