[Lord Rochester (John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester), poet and libertine.] Seventeenth-century manuscript of poem titled 'The Earle of Rochester on Sr Car Scroope', an apocryphal piece with first line: 'Half man half Brute, for foole is both between'

Author: 
Lord Rochester [John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester] (1647-1680), Restoration poet and libertine [Sir Carr Scroope]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. (Seventeenth century.)
£400.00
SKU: 21176

1p, 12mo. On unwatermarked laid paper. In fair condition, aged and spotted, with stub from mount adhering. In a seventeenth-century hand, and simply consisting of the poem and its title 'The Earle of Rochester on Sr Car Scroope'. The eight-line poem reads: 'Half man half Brute, for foole is both between | To act both brute & foole, thou oft art seen | Half wyttied, when thou wouldst be thought [onest?] wise | In all thy sence half blind, as well as eyes | Thy moralls like thy witt is mostly [to?] | Thou [keepte?] from errand knave with much adoe | Have up of all these halves, thou canst not passe | ffor anyting intire but an asse.' The final couplet also appears at the end of a longer poem on Scroope ascribed to Rochester, with the first line 'To rack and torture thy unmeaning brain'. Possibly the 'manuscript in private ownership' said by Peter Beal of Sotheby's (in a review of Vieth's edition) to be among the poet's 'dubia and apocrypha', in this description: 'The Earle of Rochester on Sr Char Scrope (‘Half man half Brute, for foole is both between’). Ascribed to Rochester in a manuscript in private ownership. The poem recalls Rochester's other truculent attacks on Sir Carr Scroope'.