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Selected Poetry of Edmund Waller (1606-1687)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

That which her slender waist confin'd,
Shall now my joyful temples bind;
No monarch but would give his crown,
His arms might do what this has done.
        (On a Girdle, 1-4)
  1. Of the Last Verses in the Book
  2. On a Girdle
  3. The Self Banished
  4. Song: Go Lovely Rose
  5. The Story of Phœbus and Daphne, Applied
  6. To the King on his Navy

Biographical information

Given name: Edmund
Family name: Waller
Birth date: 3 March 1606
Death date: 21 October 1687
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Robert Waller
          mother: Anne Waller
          wife: Anne Waller (from 5 July 1631)
          wife: Mary Waller
          sister: Mary Scrope
          son: Robert Waller
Language: English
          Mr. Dobson at Wickham
          King's College, Cambridge: 22 March 1620
          Lincoln's Inn: 3 July 1622
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupation: Member of Parliament
          Manor-house, Coleshill, Hertfordshire: 3 March 1606
Buried at: Beaconsfield parish churchyard
First RPO edition: 1996-2000