John Cleveland

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John Cleveland (16 June 161329 April 1658) was an English poet.


  • Had Cain been Scot, God would have changed his doom;
    Not made him wander, but continued him home.
    • The Rebel Scot (1647).
  • Like an ambassador that beds a queen
    With the nice caution of a sword between.
    • The Antiplatonic (1653).
  • He that to ancient wreaths can bring no more
    From his own worth, dies bankrupt on the score.
    • The Times.
  • The marigold, whose courtier's face
    Echoes the sun, and doth unlace
    Her at his rise, at his full stop
    Packs and shuts up her gaudy shop.
    • On Phillis, Walking before Sunrise.

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