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. One Happy Moment 2/21/2015
4. Prologue For The Women, When They Acted At The Old Theatre, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields 4/12/2010
5. To My Honoured Kinsman John Driden, Of Chesterton, In The County Of Huntingdon, Esq. 4/12/2010
6. Prologue To His Royal Highness, Upon His First Appearance At The Duke's Theatre After His Return From Scotland. 4/12/2010
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. Prologue To The True Widow 4/12/2010
24. The Hind And The Panther, A Poem In Three Parts : Part Iii. 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. Annus Mirabilis, The Year Of Wonders, 1666 4/12/2010
32. The Fair Stranger. A Song 4/12/2010
33. Threnodia Augustalis: A Funeral Pindaric Poem, Sacred To The Happy Memory Of King Charles Ii. 4/12/2010
34. Roundelay 4/12/2010
35. Theodore And Honoria. From Boccace 4/12/2010
36. The Flower And The Leaf, Or The Lady In The Arbour. A Vision 4/12/2010
37. To Sir Godfrey Kneller, Principal Painter To His Majesty 4/12/2010
38. Upon The Death Of Lord Hastings 4/12/2010
39. To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve On His Commedy Call'D The Double Dealer 1/1/2004
40. Fragment Of A Character Of Jacob Tonson, His Publisher 4/12/2010
Best Poem of John Dryden

Happy The Man

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.

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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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