John Dryden

[John Henry Dryden] (1631 - 1700 / England)

John Dryden Poems

1. London After The Great Fire, 1666 3/30/2015
2. To His Sacred Majesty. A Panegyric On His Coronation 11/2/2015
3. Prologue For The Women, When They Acted At The Old Theatre, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields 4/12/2010
4. To My Honoured Kinsman John Driden, Of Chesterton, In The County Of Huntingdon, Esq. 4/12/2010
5. Prologue To His Royal Highness, Upon His First Appearance At The Duke's Theatre After His Return From Scotland. 4/12/2010
6. One Happy Moment 2/21/2015
7. Prologue To Albumazar 4/12/2010
8. To Mr. Granville, On His Excellent Tragedy, Called Heroic Love 4/12/2010
9. Prologue Spoken At The Opening Of The New House, March 26, 1674 4/12/2010
10. Te Deum 4/12/2010
11. To My Friend Mr. Motteux, On His Tragedy Called Beauty In Distress, Published In 1698 4/12/2010
12. To The Lord Chancellor Hyde. Presented On New-Year's Day, 1662 4/12/2010
13. The Medal 4/12/2010
14. Song Of A Scholar And His Mistress, Who, Being Crossed By Their Friends, Fell Mad For One Another; And Now First Meet In Bedlam 4/12/2010
15. Prologue To Caesar Borgia 4/12/2010
16. Prologue To Sophonisba; Spoken At Oxford, 1680 4/12/2010
17. Prologue To The Princess Of Cleves 4/12/2010
18. Prologue To The Prophetess, By Beaumont And Fletcher. Revived By Dryden. Spoken By Mr. Betterton 4/12/2010
19. To The Pious Memory Of The Accomplished Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew 1/1/2004
20. Tarquin And Tullia 4/12/2010
21. Upon Young Mr. Rogers, Of Gloucestershire 4/12/2010
22. Veni, Creator Spiritus 1/1/2004
23. The Hind And The Panther, A Poem In Three Parts : Part Iii. 4/12/2010
24. Prologue To The True Widow 4/12/2010
25. The Character Of A Good Parson. Imitated From Chaucer, And Enlarged 4/12/2010
26. Prologue Spoken The First Day Of The King's House Acting After The Fire 4/12/2010
27. Palamon And Arcite; Or, The Knight's Tale. From Chaucer. In Three Books. Book Iii. 4/12/2010
28. Upon The Death Of The Viscount Of Dundee 4/12/2010
29. Epitaph On The Monument Of The Marquis Of Winchester 4/12/2010
30. Sigismond And Guiscardo. From Boccace 4/12/2010
31. The Fair Stranger. A Song 4/12/2010
32. Threnodia Augustalis: A Funeral Pindaric Poem, Sacred To The Happy Memory Of King Charles Ii. 4/12/2010
33. Roundelay 4/12/2010
34. Theodore And Honoria. From Boccace 4/12/2010
35. To Sir Godfrey Kneller, Principal Painter To His Majesty 4/12/2010
36. The Flower And The Leaf, Or The Lady In The Arbour. A Vision 4/12/2010
37. Upon The Death Of Lord Hastings 4/12/2010
38. To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve On His Commedy Call'D The Double Dealer 1/1/2004
39. Fragment Of A Character Of Jacob Tonson, His Publisher 4/12/2010
40. Palamon And Arcite; Or The Knight's Tale. From Chaucer. In Three Books. Book Ii. 4/12/2010
Best Poem of John Dryden

Ah, How Sweet It Is To Love!

AH, how sweet it is to love!
Ah, how gay is young Desire!
And what pleasing pains we prove
When we first approach Love's fire!
Pains of love be sweeter far
Than all other pleasures are.

Sighs which are from lovers blown
Do but gently heave the heart:
Ev'n the tears they shed alone
Cure, like trickling balm, their smart:
Lovers, when they lose their breath,
Bleed away in easy death.

Love and Time with reverence use,
Treat them like a parting friend;
Nor the golden gifts refuse
Which in youth sincere they send: ...

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Hidden Flame

I FEED a flame within, which so torments me
That it both pains my heart, and yet contents me:
'Tis such a pleasing smart, and I so love it,
That I had rather die than once remove it.

Yet he, for whom I grieve, shall never know it;
My tongue does not betray, nor my eyes show it.
Not a sigh, nor a tear, my pain discloses,
But they fall silently, like dew on roses.

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