James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

April 17

Character of Zimri

By John Dryden (1631–1700)

  • Under which name the Duke of Buckingham is satirized.

  • “A MAN so various, that he seemed to be

    Not one, but all mankind’s epitome:

    Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong;

    Was everything by starts, and nothing long;

    But, in the course of one revolving moon,

    Was chymist, fiddler, statesman and buffoon.”