Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of (16481680)

Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of, a witty profligate of the court of Charles II.; wrote poems, many of them licentious, among them, however, some exquisite songs; killed himself with his debauchery; died penitent; he was the author of the epitaph, accounted the best epigram in the English language, “Here lies our sovereign Lord the king,” &c. (16481680).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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