Note from 'The Character And Works Of John Wilmot ' a chapter of "The Court Poets" by John Whibley

As a theme was long a commonplace. Johnson compares with Rochester's verses Passerat's Latin poem Nihil (1567). Two years before Passerat, Sir Edward Dyer had written a tract in prose, The Prayer of Nothing, which had suggested a popular broadside, with the same title, printed in J. P. Collier's Book of Roxburghe Ballads (1847).