Thomas D'Urfey


Of French Huguenot extraction, Thomas D'Urfey was a popular and prolific writer from the time of Charles II to the reign of Queen Anne. Twenty-nine of his plays were performed. Alexander Pope describes D'Urfey in Peri Bathos as one of the frogs who "can neither walk nor fly, but can leap and bound to admiration." His songs were very popular.


1681To the right honourable George Earl of Berkeley, in Sir Barnaby Whigg.
1695Gloriana. A Funeral Pindarique Poem.
1715 ca.The Poet's Vision.


The siege of Memphis; or, the ambitious queene. A tragedy. 1676.
Madam Fickle: or the witty false one. A comedy. 1677.
A fond husband, or the plotting sisters. 1678.
The fool turn'd critick: a comedy. 1678.
Trick for trick: or, the debauch'd hypocrite. A comedy. 1678.
Squire Oldsapp: or, the night-adventures. A comedy. 1679.
The virtuous wife, or good luck at last. 1680.
Sir Barnaby Whigg; or now wit like a woman's. A comedy. 1681.
The injur'd princess; or, the fatal wager. 1682.
The Royalist. A comedy. 1692.
A new collection of songs and poems. 1683.
The malcontent: a satyr: being the sequel to the Progress of honesty. 1684.
An elegy upon ... Charles II. 1685.
The banditti; or, a ladies distress. A play. 1686.
The commonwealth of women; a play. 1686.
A fool's preferment; or the three dukes of Dunstable. A comedy. 1688.
A poem congratulatory on the birth of the young prince. 1688.
Collin's walk through London and Westminster, a poem in burlesque. 1690.
New poems, consisting of satyrs, elegies, and odes. 1690.
Love for money; or the boarding school. 1691.
A Pindarique poem on the Royal navy. 1691.
Wit for money, or, the poet Stutter; a dialogue. 1691.
The marriage-hater match'd. 1692.
Zelinda ... translated [Scudery]. 1692.
The Richmond heiress; or, a woman once in the right. A comedy. 1693.
The comical history of Don Quixote. 3 parts, 1694, 1694, 1696.
The marriage-hater match'd; a comedy. 1694.
Gloriana. A funeral Pindarique poem, sacred to the blessed memory of ... Queen Mary. 1695.
The intrigues at Versailles ... a comedy. 1697.
A new opera called Cinthia and Endimion; or, the lovers of the deities. 1697.
Albion's blessing. A poem panegyrical on ... King William III. 1698.
The campaigners; or the pleasant adventures at Brussels. A comedy. 1698.
The famous history of the rise and fall of Massaniello; in two parts. 1699, 1700.
The bath, or the Western lass. A comedy. 1701.
Tales tragical and the comical. From the prose of antique Italian, Spanish, and French authors. 1704.
A new ode, or dialogue between Mars ... and Plutus. 1706.
Wonders of the sun; or the Kingdom of the birds. 1706.
Stories, moral and comical. 1707.
The French pride abated; or, a friendly admonition to lowly humility. 1708.
The modern prophets: or, new wit for a husband. A comedy. 1709.
The old mode and the new; or the country Miss with her Furbeloe. A comedy. 1709.
Songs compleat, pleasant and divertive. 2 vols, 1719.
Wit or mirth, or pills to purge melancholy. 6 vols, 1719-20.
New operas, with comical stories, and poems, on several occasions. 1721.