1709 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

William Worts, "Written in the Blank Leaf of a Lady's Prior" Poetical Miscellanies: the Sixth Part (1709) 553.



Cou'd but my Words my real Passion show,
And, in soft Verse, like Prior's Numbers, flow;
Cou'd I, so fortunately point my Sense,
To wound like Dorset, yet not give Offence;
Then, in this Page, shou'd Galatea read,
My faithful Love, and how I daily bleed:
Each sawcy Rival shou'd with Blushes see,
His fond Impertinence expos'd by me:
But Rough and Heavy must my Verse appear,
When Prior's noble Genius shines so near;
So droop the Nymphs, when Galatea's Eyes,
In the fair Ring, with brighter Glory rise.