Quotation by John Wilmot Rochester, 2d Earl Of

See the kind seed-receiving earth
To every grain affords a birth:
On her no showers unwelcome fall,
Her willing womb retains 'em all,
And shall my Caelia be confined?
No, live up to thy mighty mind,
And be the mistress of Mankind!
John Wilmot, 2d Earl Of Rochester (1647–1680), British poet. Upon Leaving His Mistress (l. 15–21). . .

Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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