Quotation by John Wilmot Rochester, 2d Earl Of

A Spirit free, to choose for my own share,
What sort of Flesh and Blood I pleas'd to wear,
I'd be a Dog, a Monkey or a Bear,
Or any thing, but that vain Animal,
Who is so proud of being rational.
John Wilmot, 2d Earl Of Rochester (1647–1680), British poet. A Satire against Mankind (l. 3–7). . .

Oxford Book of Satirical Verse, The. Geoffrey Grigson, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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