Matthew Prior

(1664 - 1721 / Dorset / England)

Matthew Prior Poems

41. An Ode To Mr. Howard 4/19/2010
42. Merry Andrew 4/19/2010
43. For My Own Tombstone 4/19/2010
44. Fair Susan Did Her Wif-Hede Well Menteine - In Chaucer's Style 4/19/2010
45. The Wandering Pilgrim 4/19/2010
46. To My Lord Buckhurst, Very Young, Playing With A Cat 4/19/2010
47. To The Lady Elizabeth Harley, Since Marchioness Of Carmarthen, On A Column Of Her Drawing 4/19/2010
48. To The Lady Dursley 4/19/2010
49. To A Person Who Wrote Ill, And Spake Worse, Against Me 4/19/2010
50. To A Young Lady, Who Was Fond Of Fortune-Telling 4/19/2010
51. To Cloe 4/19/2010
52. To Fortune 4/19/2010
53. Her Right Name 4/19/2010
54. Cloe Jealous 4/19/2010
55. An Ode. The Merchant, To Secure 4/19/2010
56. Epitaph Extempore 4/19/2010
57. Songs Set To Music: 11. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
58. Songs Set To Music: 27. 4/19/2010
59. The Viceroy. A Ballad. 4/19/2010
60. To The Author Of The Foregoing Pastoral - (Love And Friendship) 4/19/2010
61. The Parallel 4/19/2010
62. The Dove 4/19/2010
63. Presented To The King, At His Arrival In Holland, After The Discovery Of The Conspiracy. 1696 4/19/2010
64. On Bishop Atterbury's Burying The Duke Of Buckingham, 1721 4/19/2010
65. In Imitation Of Anacreon 4/19/2010
66. Songs Set To Music: 14. Set By Mr. Smith 4/19/2010
67. Epitaph - On Himself 4/19/2010
68. Epigram - To John I Owed Great Obligation 4/19/2010
69. To A Poet Of Quality. Praising The Lady Hinchinbroke 4/19/2010
70. Two Riddles. -- 1710 4/19/2010
71. Written At Paris, 1700. In The Beginning Of Robe's Geography 4/19/2010
72. Epigram - Thy Nags, The Leanest Things Alive 4/19/2010
73. On Beauty. A Riddle 4/19/2010
74. The Dying Adrian To His Soul 4/19/2010
75. Songs Set To Music: 7. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
76. Written In An Ovid 4/19/2010
77. The Secretary 4/19/2010
78. To A Friend On His Nuptials 4/19/2010
79. The Second Hymn Of Callimachus. To Apollo 4/19/2010
80. To The Countess Of Exeter. Playing On The Lute 4/19/2010

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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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To A Lady

Spare, gen'rous victor, spare the slave,
Who did unequal war pursue;
That more than triumph he might have,
In being overcome by you.

In the dispute whate'er I said,
My heart was by my tongue belied;
And in my looks you might have read
How much I argued on your side.

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