1724 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

James Heywood, "On seeing the Funeral of Matthew Prior, Esq; in Westminster-Abbey" Heywood, Poems and Letters on Several Subjects (1724) 23-24.



To see this solemn Scene, this Pomp of Woe,
In mournful Order and Procession go,
Crowds fill this awful Dome, this gloomy Place,
And pensive Sorrow sits on ev'ry Face.
Shadwell, and laurell'd Dryden, seem'd to smile,
To see great Prior bury'd in their Isle;
Greatly rejoic'd each venerable Bust,
To see him mingled with Poetick Dust.
The Choir in Anthems chanted o'er his Urn;
But all Spectators round his Grave did mourn:
My flowing Tears did then their Tribute pay,
To think he'd moulder into native Clay.
O sacred Clay! thy Works will e'er be read,
And Prior's Name will live, tho' Prior's dead.