1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Anonymous, "Stanzas to Laura. With Prior's Poems" Weekly Magazine or Edinburgh Amusement 44 (2 June 1779) 251.



How softly here express'd you'll find
What I describe in vain;
The charms of Laura's heavenly mind,
The passion of her swain:
Let Prior's muse thy pity move,
And tell me Laura how I love!

Oh! were my wit like his refin'd,
Since equal is my theme,
Wast thou as Prior's Chloe kind,
And I adorn'd like him;
Then should the world his Chloe see,
Less beauteous — less admir'd than thee,
For Prior never lov'd like me!