Poems on several occasions. By the right honourable, the E. of R——.

Printed at Antwerp, 1680 (80po)

From facsimile edition: Rochester‘s Poems on Several Occasions, ed. James Thorpe (Princeton, 1950). Order of items is identical in the Pforzheimer edition 80pf. Minor variations are noted below.

No contemporary Table of Contents. This printed edition was derived from a MS collection collateral with Yo05, which is the better witness of the two. Their relationship in David M. Vieth, Attribution in Restoration Poetry: a Study of Rochester’s Poems of 1680 (New Haven: Yale U.P., 1963) and Harold Love’s Rochester edition.

Dear friend / I hear this town does so abound 80po*1 (pp. 3-6)
<An epistolary essay from M.G. to O.B. upon their mutual poems>

Were I who to my cost already am 80po*2 (pp. 6-13)

Much wine had passed with grave discourse 80po*3 (pp. 14-19)
<A ramble in St. James’s Park>

Chloe by your command in verse I write 80po*4 (pp. 19-27)
<A letter fancied from Artemisa in the town, to Cloe in the country [typeset as `yaur’]>

Naked she lay clasped in my longing arms 80po*5 (pp. 28-30)
<The imperfect enjoyment>

O Love how cold and slow to take my part 80po*6 (pp. 30-2)
<To Love. O! nunquam pro me satis indignate Cupido>

As some brave admiral in former war 80po*7 (pp. 32-4)
<The maimed debauchee [`disabled’ in 80pf]>

Say Heav’n-born muse for only thou canst tell 80po*8 (pp. 35-40)
<The argument. / How Tall-Boy, Kill-Prick, Suck-Prick, did contend, / For bridegroom Dildoe, friend did fight with friend; / But man of God, by lay-man, called parson, / Contrived by turns how each might rub her arse on.>

Well Sir ’tis granted I said Dryden’s rhymes 80po*9 (pp. 40-4)
<An allusion to Horace. The 10th satyr of the 1st book. Nempe incomposito Dixi pede &c. [typeset as `D——’]>

When Shakespeare Jonson Fletcher ruled the stage 80po*10 (pp. 45-8)
<In defence of satyr>

To rack and torture thy unmeaning brain 80po*11 (pp. 49-50)
<On the supposed author of a late poem in defence of satyr>

Rail on poor feeble scribbler speak of me 80po*12 (p. 50)
<The answer>

After death nothing is and nothing death 80po*13 (pp. 50-1)
<Seneca’s Troas, Act. 2. Chorus>

Nothing thou elder brother ev’n to shade 80po*14 (pp. 51-4)
<Upon Nothing>

‘Tis not that I’m weary grown 80po*15 (pp. 54-5)
<Upon his leaving his mistress [`I’m’ also in 80pf]>

In the fields of Lincolns Inn 80po*16 (pp. 55-6)

Vulcan contrive me such a cup 80po*17 (pp. 56-7)
<Upon his drinking a bowl>

As Cloris full of harmless thoughts 80po*18 (p. 58)

Quoth the Duchess of Cleveland to Mistress Knight 80po*19 (p. 59)
<Song [typeset as `Cl——‘ and `Mrs. Kn——‘]>

I rise at eleven I dine about two 80po*20 (pp. 59-60)

Love a woman y’are an ass 80po*21 (pp. 60-1)

Fair Cloris in a pigsty lay 80po*22 (pp. 61-2)
<Song to Cloris>

Give me leave to rail at you 80po*23 (p. 63)

Nothing adds to your fond fire 80po*24 (pp. 63-4)
<The answer>

Phillis be gentler I advise 80po*25 (p. 65)

What cruel pains Corinna takes 80po*26 (pp. 65-6)

Love bad me hope and I obeyed 80po*27 (pp. 66-7)
<Woman’s honour>

To this moment a rebel I throw down my arms 80po*28 (pp. 67-8)

How happy Cloris were they free 80po*29 (pp. 68-9)

All my past life is mine no more 80po*30 (pp. 69-70)
<Love and life, a song>

How blessed was the created state 80po*31 (pp. 70-1)
<The fall, a song>

While on those lovely looks I gaze 80po*32 (p. 71)

By all Love’s soft yet mighty powers 80po*33 (p. 72)

Room room for a blade of the town 80po*34 (pp. 72-3)

Against the charms our bollocks have 80po*35 (pp. 73-4)

I cannot change as others do 80po*36 (p. 74)

I swive as well as others do 80po*37 (p. 75)
<The mock song>

For standing tarses we kind Nature thank 80po*38 (pp. 76-7)
<Actus primus scena prima. Enter Tarsander and Swiveanthe. The scene. A bed-chamber>

Dreaming last night on Mistress Farley 80po*39 (pp. 77-9)
<The first letter from B[uckhurst] to Mr E[therege]>

As crafty harlots use to shrink 80po*40 (pp. 80-1)
<Mr E[therege]’s answer>

If I can guess the Devil choke me 80po*41 (pp. 82-4)
<The second letter from B[uckhurst] to Mr E[therege]>

So soft and amorously you write 80po*42 (pp. 85-7)
<Mr E[therege]’s answer>

Come on ye critics find one fault who dare 80po*43 (pp. 88-9)
<On Mr E[dward] H[oward] upon his B[ritish] P[rinces]>

As when a bully draws his sword 80po*44 (pp. 89-90)
<On the same author upon his B[ritish] P[rinces]>

Thou damned antipodes to common sense 80po*45 (pp. 90-1)
<On the same author upon his New Ut[opia]>

One day the amorous Lysander 80po*46 (pp. 92-7)
<The disappointment>

Whilst happy I triumphant stood 80po*47 (pp. 97-101)
<On a giniper tree now cut down to make busks [`Busk’ in 80pf]>

What doleful cries are these that fright my sense 80po*48 (pp. 101-3)
<On the death of Mr Greenhill the famous painter>

Have you seen the raging stormy main 80po*49 (p. 104)
<To all curious critics and admirers of metre>

What Timon does old age begin t’ approach 80po*50 (pp. 105-10)

Since the sons of the muses grew num’rous and loud 80po*51 (pp. 111-14)
<A session of the poets>

Now curses on ye all ye virtuous fools 80po*52 (pp. 115-26)
<Satyr. / Aude aliquid brevibus Gyaris aut carcere dignum / Sivis esse aliquis —— Indem sat. / Supposed to be spoken by a court hector. Pindarique>

My part is done and you’ll I hope excuse 80po*53 (pp. 127-9)
<An apology to the foregoing satyr by way of epilogue>

Tell me abandoned miscreant prithee tell 80po*54 (pp. 129-31)
<Upon the author of a play called Sodom>

Rat too rat too rat tat too rat tat too 80po*55 (pp. 131-8)
<A call to the guard by a drum>

How far are they deceived who hope in vain 80po*56 (pp. 138-40)
<Ephelia to Bajazet>

Madam / If you’re deceived it is not by my cheat 80po*57 (pp. 140-2)
<A very heroical epistle in answer to Ephelia>

Crushed by that just contempt his follies bring 80po*58 (pp. 143-4)
<On Poet Ninny>

Bursting with pride the loathed impostume swells 80po*59 (pp. 144-5)
<My Lord All-Pride>

Whilst duns were knocking at my door 80po*60 (pp. 146-51)
<Captain Ramble [`Rambler’ in 80pf]>

If Rome can pardon sins as Romans hold 80po*61 (p. 151)
<On Rome’s pardons>