1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Anonymous, "Upon reading Mr. Prior's Poems" The Grove; or a Collection of Original Poems (1721) 24.



Before Apollo's Shrine I pray'd,
That I by Verse to Fame might rise:
Read the best Poet, PHOEBUS said,
And place his Works before your Eyes.

Best Poet! — O great Phoebus, how,
How may this Pattern-Wit be found?
What Age produc'd the Man, whom Thou
With this high Character has't crown'd?

Does he among the Dead reside?
Or dwell with those who now survive?
Thus I — When Phoebus quick reply'd,
Go, ask if PRIOR'S still alive.