Matthew Prior

(1664 - 1721 / Dorset / England)

Matthew Prior Poems

1. Fatal Love 4/19/2010
2. Verses - Spoken To Lady Henrietta Cavendish Holles-Harley, Countess Of Oxford 4/19/2010
3. Written In The Beginning Of Mezeray's History Of France 4/19/2010
4. Cupid's Promise - Paraphrased 4/19/2010
5. Pallas And Venus. An Epigram 4/19/2010
6. The First Hymn Of Callimachus. To Jupiter 4/19/2010
7. The Flies 4/19/2010
8. Written In The Nouveaux Interests Des Princes De L'Europe 4/19/2010
9. Wives By The Dozen 4/19/2010
10. Cupid Turned Ploughman. - From Moschus 4/19/2010
11. An Ode To A Lady. She Refusing To Continue A Dispute With Me, And Leaving Me In The Argument 4/19/2010
12. By Mons. Fontenelle 4/19/2010
13. Songs Set To Music: 26. 4/19/2010
14. Paulo Purganti And His Wife: An Honest, But A Simple Pair 4/19/2010
15. Upon Honour. A Fragment. 4/19/2010
16. The Old Gentry 4/19/2010
17. Seeing The Duke Of Ormond's Picture, At Sir Godfrey Kneller's 4/19/2010
18. Charity : A Paraphrase On 1 Cor. Chap. 13 4/19/2010
19. Considerations - On Part Of The 88th Psalm. A College Exercise 4/19/2010
20. Cupid And Ganymede 4/19/2010
21. Hymn To The Sun 4/19/2010
22. Songs Set To Music: 28. Nelly. 4/19/2010
23. Venus Mistaken 4/19/2010
24. Songs Set To Music: 1. Set By Mr. Abel 4/19/2010
25. On A Fart - Let In The House Of Commons 4/19/2010
26. Democritus And Heraclitus 4/19/2010
27. Colin's Mistakes. Written In Imitation Of Spenser's Style 4/19/2010
28. Answer To Cloe Jealous. The Author Sick 4/19/2010
29. Songs Set To Music: 10. Set By Mr. Smith 4/19/2010
30. Songs Set To Music: 9. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
31. Venus' Advice To The Muses 4/19/2010
32. Upon This Passage In Scaligeriana 4/19/2010
33. Written In Montaignes Essays. Given To The Duke Of Shrewsbury In France, After The Peace 4/19/2010
34. The Judgement Of Venus 4/19/2010
35. Songs Set To Music: 12. Set By Mr. Smith 4/19/2010
36. Bibo And Charon 4/19/2010
37. Cupid In Ambush 4/19/2010
38. The Garland 4/19/2010
39. Merry Andrew 4/19/2010
40. For My Own Tombstone 4/19/2010
Best Poem of Matthew Prior

A Simile

Dear Thomas, didst thou never pop
Thy head into a tin-man's shop?
There, Thomas, didst thou never see
('Tis but by way of simile)
A squirrel spend his little rage
In jumping round a rolling cage?
The cage, as either side turn'd up,
Striking a ring of bells a-top?--

Mov'd in the orb, pleas'd with the chimes,
The foolish creature thinks he climbs:
But here or there, turn wood or wire,
He never gets two inches higher.

So fares it with those merry blades,
That frisk it under Pindus' shades.
In noble songs, and lofty odes,
They tread on stars, ...

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On My Birthday, July 21

I, MY dear, was born to-day--
So all my jolly comrades say:
They bring me music, wreaths, and mirth,
And ask to celebrate my birth:
Little, alas! my comrades know
That I was born to pain and woe;
To thy denial, to thy scorn,
Better I had ne'er been born:
I wish to die, even whilst I say--

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