Matthew Prior

(1664 - 1721 / Dorset / England)

Matthew Prior Poems

1. The Question To Lisetta 1/4/2003
2. To A Child Of Quality, Five Years Old, The Author Suppos'D Forty 1/3/2003
3. The Lady Who Offers Her Looking-Glass To Venus 1/4/2003
4. The Merchant, To Secure His Treasure 1/13/2003
5. Song 1/4/2003
6. Cupid Mistaken 1/3/2003
7. A Dutch Proverb 4/19/2010
8. A Flower. Painted By Simon Varelst 4/19/2010
9. A Letter To Monsieur Boileau Despreaux, Occasioned By The Victory At Blenheim 4/19/2010
10. A Passage In The Moriae Encomium Of Erasmus. Imitated 4/19/2010
11. An English Ballad, On The Taking Of Namur, By The King Of Great Britain 4/19/2010
12. An Epistle To Fleetwood Shephard, Esq. 4/19/2010
13. An Epistle To Fleetwood Shephard, Esq. Burleigh, May 14, 1689 4/19/2010
14. An Epistle. Desiring The Queen's Picture, But Left Unfinished, By The Sudden News Of Her Majesty's Death 4/19/2010
15. An Extempore Invitation To The Earl Of Oxford, Lord High Treasurer 4/19/2010
16. An Ode - In Imitation Of Horace, Book Iii. Ode Ii. 4/19/2010
17. An Ode - Inscribed To The Memory Of The Hon. Colonel George Villiers 4/19/2010
18. An Ode : While From Our Looks, Fair Nymph, You Guess 4/19/2010
19. An Ode To A Lady. She Refusing To Continue A Dispute With Me, And Leaving Me In The Argument 4/19/2010
20. An Ode To Mr. Howard 4/19/2010
21. An Ode. The Merchant, To Secure 4/19/2010
22. Answer To Cloe Jealous. The Author Sick 4/19/2010
23. Bibo And Charon 4/19/2010
24. By Mons. Fontenelle 4/19/2010
25. Cantata. Set By Mons. Galliard 4/19/2010
26. Celia To Damon 4/19/2010
27. Chanson. - And Imitation 4/19/2010
28. Charity : A Paraphrase On 1 Cor. Chap. 13 4/19/2010
29. Chaste Florimel 4/19/2010
30. Cloe Jealous 4/19/2010
31. Considerations - On Part Of The 88th Psalm. A College Exercise 4/19/2010
32. Cupid And Ganymede 4/19/2010
33. Cupid In Ambush 4/19/2010
34. Cupid Turned Ploughman. - From Moschus 4/19/2010
35. An Ode : On Exodus Iii. 14 4/19/2010
36. Cupid's Promise - Paraphrased 4/19/2010
37. Epigram - Frank Carves Very Ill 4/19/2010
38. Epigram - Thy Nags, The Leanest Things Alive 4/19/2010
39. Epigram - To John I Owed Great Obligation 4/19/2010
40. Epigram - Yes, Every Poet Is A Fool 4/19/2010
Best Poem of Matthew Prior

An Epitaph

Interr'd beneath this marble stone,
Lie saunt'ring Jack and idle Joan.
While rolling threescore years and one
Did round this globe their courses run;
If human things went ill or well;
If changing empires rose or fell;
The morning passed, the evening came,
And found this couple still the same.
They walk'd and eat, good folks: what then?
Why then they walk'd and eat again:
They soundly slept the night away:
They did just nothing all the day:
And having buried children four,
Would not take pains to try for more.
Nor sister either had, nor ...

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The Question To Lisetta

WHAT nymph should I admire or trust,
But Chloe beauteous, Chloe just?
What nymph should I desire to see,
But her who leaves the plain for me?
To whom should I compose the lay,
But her who listens when I play?
To whom in song repeat my cares,
But her who in my sorrow shares?
For whom should I the garland make,

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