1741 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Anonymous, "To a Lady with Prior's Poems" Gentleman's Magazine 11 (November 1741) 605.



How softly here express'd you'll find
What I describe in vain,
The charms of dear Salinda's mind,
The passion of her Swain!
Let Prior's muse thy pity move,
And tell my Fair how much I love.

O! were my wit like his refin'd,
Since equal is my theme,
Wer't 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.