1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Anonymous, "On seeing the Funeral of Matthew Prior, Esq, in Westminster-Abbey" London Journal (7 October 1721).



To see this solemn Scene, this Pomp of Woe,
In mournful Order and Procession go,
Crowds fill this awful Dome, this gloomy Place,
And pensive Sorrow sits on ev'ry Face.
SHADWELL and laurel'd DRYDEN seem'd to smile,
To see great PRIOR buried in their Isle;
Greatly rejoic'd each venerable Bust,
To see him mingled with Poetic Dust.
The Choir in Anthems chanted o'er his Urn,
But all Spectators round his Grave did mourn;
My flowing Tears did then their Tribute pay,
To think he'd moulder into Native Clay.
O sacred Clay! thy Works will e'er be read,
And Prior's Name will live, tho' Prior's dead.