Matthew Prior

(1664 - 1721 / Dorset / England)

Matthew Prior Poems

121. Songs Set To Music: 6. Set By Mr. Smith 4/19/2010
122. The Thief And Cordelier. A Ballad 4/19/2010
123. Songs Set To Music: 22. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
124. Erle Robert's Mice. In Chaucer's Style 4/19/2010
125. To A Child Of Quality, Five Years Old, 1704. The Author Then Forty 1/4/2003
126. Protogenes And Apelles 4/19/2010
127. Hans Carvel 4/19/2010
128. Songs Set To Music: 4. Set By Mr. Smith 4/19/2010
129. Songs Set To Music: 16. Set By Mr. Smith 4/19/2010
130. Songs Set To Music: 20. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
131. Songs Set To Music: 2. Set By Mr. Purcell 4/19/2010
132. Solomon On The Vanity Of The World, A Poem. In Three Books. - Power. Book Iii. 4/19/2010
133. Song 1/4/2003
134. Cupid Mistaken 1/3/2003
135. Love Disarmed 4/19/2010
136. The Lady Who Offers Her Looking-Glass To Venus 1/4/2003
137. The Remedy Worse Than The Disease 4/19/2010
138. The Ladle. A Tale 4/19/2010
139. Solomon On The Vanity Of The World, A Poem. In Three Books. - Pleasure. Book Ii. 4/19/2010
140. The Conversation. A Tale 4/19/2010
141. Songs Set To Music: 5. Set By Mr. De Fesch 4/19/2010
142. An Ode - Inscribed To The Memory Of The Hon. Colonel George Villiers 4/19/2010
143. The Lady's Looking-Glass 4/19/2010
144. Songs Set To Music: 24. Set By Mr. C. R. 4/19/2010
145. To Chloe Jealous 1/3/2003
146. To A Young Gentleman In Love. A Tale 4/19/2010
147. Nonpareil 4/19/2010
148. Truth And Falsehood. A Tale 4/19/2010
149. An Epistle To Fleetwood Shephard, Esq. 4/19/2010
150. The Despairing Shepherd 4/19/2010
151. Full Oft Doth Matt. With Topaz Dine - In Chaucer's Style 4/19/2010
152. An Ode - In Imitation Of Horace, Book Iii. Ode Ii. 4/19/2010
153. The Merchant, To Secure His Treasure 1/13/2003
154. The Question To Lisetta 1/4/2003
155. To A Lady 1/3/2003
156. A Flower. Painted By Simon Varelst 4/19/2010
157. An Ode : On Exodus Iii. 14 4/19/2010
158. A Letter To Monsieur Boileau Despreaux, Occasioned By The Victory At Blenheim 4/19/2010
159. A Dutch Proverb 4/19/2010
160. The Honest Shepherd 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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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?

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