1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Robert Lloyd, in "To — About to Publish a Volume of Miscellanies" 1755; Works (1774) 1:104-05.



The mimic bard with pleasure sees
Mat. Prior's unaffected ease:
Assumes his style, affects a story,
Sets every circumstance before ye,
The day, the hour, the name, the dwelling,
And mars a curious tale in telling:
Observes how easy Prior flows,
Then runs his numbers down to prose.