rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
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Today I've been reading assorted seventeenth-, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature in order to plan a class. This is always entertaining and educational. I shall present, for your entertainment, one of the poems I found in my search. I give you "Nestor", or "Upon the Drinking of a Bowl," by the notorious seventeenth-century drunkard and libertine John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. (In the edition I found this morning, some of the language had been expurgated. I of course have posted the non-expurgated version.)

Nestor (ca. 1670, as far as I can tell; I haven't seen a precise date)

Vulcan contrive me such a Cupp
As Nestor us'd of old:
Show all thy skill to trim it up
Damask it round with gold.

Make it so large that fill'd with sack
Up to the swelling brim
Vast Toasts on the Delicious lake
Like shipps at sea may swim.

Engrave no Battail on its Cheek
(with warr I've nought to doe):
I'me none of those that took Mastricht
Nor Yarmouth Leaguer knew.

Let it no Name of Planetts tell
Fixt starrs or Constellations
For I am no Sir Sidrophell
Nor none of his Relations.

But Carve theron a spreading vine
Then add Two lovely Boyes;
Their limbs in amorous folds entwine
The Type of Future Joyes.

Cupid and Bacchus my saints are,
May Drink and Love still Reign.
With wine I wash away my cares,
And then to Cunt again.
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