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Edmund Waller (1606-1687), Poet
Sitter in 17 portraits
Poet and wit of wavering political allegiance; in the Civil War, first supported Parliament and then led a plot ('Waller Plot') to seize London for Charles I; was sentenced to death, but the sentence was connuted to a fine of £10,000 and exile, 1644; was pardoned by Cromwell's influence; praised Cromwell in verse, but later rejoiced in his death; published Upon His Majesty's Happy Return at the Restoration and was a favourite at court; 'Sacharissa' was the mistress of his youthful poems; his most famous lyric is 'Go, lovely rose.'
after John Singleton Copley