Richard Lovelace, an English poet, born in Woolwich, Kent, in 1618, died in London in 1658. He graduated at Oxford in 1636, repaired to court, and was there much admired for his amiable disposition and handsome person. He espoused the royalist cause at the outbreak of the civil war, and rose to the rank of colonel; but before the end of the struggle he retired to his native county, and became the bearer of a petition to the long parliament in favor of the king. This roused the anger of the republicans, who consigned him to prison until he found heavy bail for his peaceable deportment. In 1646 he entered the French service, and was wounded at the siege of Dunkirk. On returning to England in 1648, he was again thrown into prison, and there remained till the king had been executed. He is said to have died in great poverty. He was the author of two volumes of lyrics addressed to his mistress, under the name of "Lucasta." He also wrote " The Scholar," a comedy, and " The Soldier," a tragedy, which are lost. The earliest edition of his poems appeared in 1649; the latest, by Russell Smith, was published in 1864.