Matthew Prior

(1664 - 1721 / Dorset / England)

Matthew Prior Poems

81. To The Countess Of Exeter. Playing On The Lute 4/19/2010
82. Songs Set To Music: 17. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
83. Partial Fame 4/19/2010
84. Chanson. - And Imitation 4/19/2010
85. Daphne To Apollo. Imitated From The First Book Of Ovid's Metamorphosis 4/19/2010
86. The Turtle And Sparrow. An Elegiac Tale 4/19/2010
87. The New Year's Gift To Phyllis 4/19/2010
88. Celia To Damon 4/19/2010
89. On The Same Person (Who Wrote Ill, And Spake Worse, Against Me) 4/19/2010
90. On A Picture Of Seneca Dying In A Bath, By Jordain 4/19/2010
91. Nell And John 4/19/2010
92. Ode - Promesse De L'Amour 4/19/2010
93. Down-Hall. A Ballad. 4/19/2010
94. Cantata. Set By Mons. Galliard 4/19/2010
95. Songs Set To Music: 23. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
96. To The Right Honourable The Countess Dowager Of Devonshire, On A Piece Of Wiessen's 4/19/2010
97. To Chloe Weeping 4/19/2010
98. To Mr. Harley - Wounded By Guiscard 4/19/2010
99. To The Honourable Charles Montague, Esq. 4/19/2010
100. Upon Playing At Ombre With Two Ladies 4/19/2010
101. Songs Set To Music: 18. Set By Mr. Smith 4/19/2010
102. Mercury And Cupid 4/19/2010
103. Songs Set To Music: 13. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
104. Cupid Turned Stroller. - From Anacreon 4/19/2010
105. Songs Set To Music: 25. 4/19/2010
106. Songs Set To Music: 19. Set By Mr. C. R. 4/19/2010
107. An Ode : While From Our Looks, Fair Nymph, You Guess 4/19/2010
108. Chaste Florimel 4/19/2010
109. To Dr. Sherlock, On His Practical Discourse Concerning Death 4/19/2010
110. The Modern Saint 4/19/2010
111. An Ode : While Blooming Youth And Gay Delight 4/19/2010
112. Songs Set To Music: 21. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
113. Songs Set To Music: 8. Set By Mr. Smith 4/19/2010
114. The Nut-Brown Maid. A Poem. 4/19/2010
115. Carmen Seculare. For The Year 1700. To The King 4/19/2010
116. For My Own Monument 1/4/2003
117. Songs Set To Music: 15. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
118. Lisetta's Reply 4/19/2010
119. The Female Phaeton 4/19/2010
120. Songs Set To Music: 3. Set By Mr. De Fesch 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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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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