1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Danos, in "Verses on some late English Poets" Scots Magazine 35 (September 1773) 486.



One PRIOR too, a tavern-boy,
Whom Dorset rais'd to great employ,
Would sometimes throw aside his cares,
And steal an hour from state-affairs,
In serious songs, or tales full quaint,
To rhyme away all discontent.