1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Richard Ryan, in Poetry and Poets: being a Collection of the choicest Anecdotes relative to the Poets of every Age and Nation (1826) 1:272.



This poet, on his death-bed, professed his Christian faith with great earnestness, telling his children that he remembered, when the Duke of Buckingham once talked profanely before King Charles, he told him, "My Lord, I am a great deal older than your Grace, and believe I have heard more arguments for Atheism than ever your Grace did; but I have lived long enough to see there is nothing in them, and so I hope your Grace will."