1739 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

William Shenstone, 1739 ca.; in David Parkes, "Shenstone's Copy of Prior's Poems" Gentleman's Magazine 93 (June 1823) 503.



Prior's Chloe was a chearfull, gay, facetious old woman, that used to laugh with a profusion of good humour until she was almost ready to die, at the conceit of her being a Poet's Flame. And Prior, we may be sure, was equall delighted with the excellence of her understanding.