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A CHARACTER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mark what wretched steps great ** grows
Last Line: A tale! That blends the glory with the shame!
Subject(s): Churchill, John. 1st Duke Of Marlborough


A DIALOGUE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Since my old friend is grown so great
Last Line: Tis pope must be asham'd of craggs.
Subject(s): Craggs, James (1657-1721)


A DIALOGUE. TO THE MEMORY OF MR. ALEXANDER POPE, by HENRY AUSTIN DOBSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What, pope, the twitnam bard
Last Line: I fling my cap for polish -- and for pope!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dobson, Austin
Subject(s): Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)


A FAREWELL TO LONDON IN THE YEAR 1715, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear, damn'd distracting town, farewell!
Last Line: And so may starve with me.
Subject(s): London; Montagu, Charles. 1st Earl Of Halifax; Tonson, Jacob (1656-1736)


A HYMN WRITTEN IN WINDSOR FOREST, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: All hail! Once pleasing, once inspiring shade
Last Line: And love the brightest eyes, but love in vain!
Variant Title(s): Lines Written In Windsor Forest
Subject(s): Windsor Forest, England


A ROMAN CATHOLIC VERSION OF THE FIRST PSALM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The maid is blest that will not hear
Last Line: Shall rot in drury-lane.


A WINTER PIECE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As when the freezing blasts of boreas blow
Last Line: Whose dazling lustre whitens all the skies.
Subject(s): Winter


AN EPISTLE TO HENRY CROMWELL, ESQ., by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear mr. Cromwell, / may it please ye!
Last Line: But which, I cannot tell you truly.


AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill
Last Line: Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism; Denham, Sir John (1615-1669); Dillon, Wentworth. 4th Earl Of Roscommon; Dryden, John (1631-1700); Erasmus, Desiderius (1466-1536); Hope; Mnemonics; Poetry & Poets; Sozzini, Lelio (1525-1562); Waller, Edmund (1606-1687); Optimism; Soc


AN ESSAY ON MAN, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Awake, my st. John! Leave all meaner things
Last Line: And all our knowledge is, ourselves to know.
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Mankind; Nature; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Human Race


ARGUS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When wise ulysses, from his native coast
Last Line: Own'd his returning lord, look'd up, and dy'd!
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Ulysses; Odysseus


AUTUMN. THE THIRD PASTORAL, ORHYLAS AND AEGON, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beneath the shade a spreading beech displays
Last Line: And the low sun had lengthen'd ev'ry shade.
Subject(s): Autumn; Country Life; Seasons; Fall


BOUNCE TO FOP; EPISTLE .. DOG AT TWICKENHAM TO DOG AT COURT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To thee, sweet fop, these lines I send
Last Line: And roar in numbers worthy bounce.
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


CARING FOR ONE'S MOTHER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To rock the cradle of reposing age
Last Line: And keep awhile one parent from the sky!
Subject(s): Mothers


CHORUS TO THE TRAGEDY OF BRUTUS: 1. OF ATHENIANS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye shades, where sacred truth is sought
Last Line: Some athens perishes, some tully bleeds.
Subject(s): Athens, Greece


CHORUS TO THE TRAGEDY OF BRUTUS: 2. OF YOUTHS AND VIRGINS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh tyrant love! Hast thou possest
Last Line: Sacred hymen! These are thine.
Subject(s): Love


COUPLET, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Jove was alike to latian and to phrygian
Last Line: For you well know, that wit's of no religion.
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


COUPLET FROM HORACE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In unambitious silence be my lot
Last Line: Yet ne'er a friend forgetting, till forgot.


COUPLET ON HIS GROTTO, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And life itself can nothing more supply
Last Line: Than just to plan our projects, and to die.
Subject(s): Life


COUPLET ON SHAKESPEAR'S MONUMENT (1), by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: After a hundred and thirty years' nap
Last Line: Enter shakespear, with a loud clap.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


COUPLET ON SHAKESPEAR'S MONUMENT (2), by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus britain lov'd me; and preserv'd my fame
Last Line: Clear from a barber's or a benson's name.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


COUPLET ON WIT: 1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: But our great turks in wit must reign alone
Last Line: And ill can bear a brother on the throne.
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


COUPLET ON WIT: 2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wit is like faith by such warm fools profest
Last Line: Who to be saved by one, must damn the rest.
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


COUPLET ON WIT: 3, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Some who grow dull religious strait commence
Last Line: And gain in morals what they lose in sence.
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


COUPLET ON WIT: 4, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wits starve as useless to a common weal
Last Line: While fools have places purely for their zeal.
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


COUPLET ON WIT: 5, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now wits gain praise by copying other wits
Last Line: As one hog lives on what another sh--.
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


COUPLET ON WIT: 6, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wou'd you your writings to some palates fit
Last Line: They praise no works but what are like their own.
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


COWLEY: THE GARDEN, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fain would my muse the flow'ry treasures sing
Last Line: And winter's coolness spite of summer's rays.
Subject(s): Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667); Gardens & Gardening


DUKE UPON DUKE; A NEW BALLAD TO THE TUNE OF CHEVY CHASE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To lordings proud I lay my tune
Last Line: That pride will have a fall.
Subject(s): Guise, Sir John (1677-1732); Politics & Government


E. OF DORSET: 1. ARTIMESIA, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tho' artemisia talks, by fits
Last Line: All flutter, pride, and talk.
Subject(s): Boyle, Robert (1627-1691); Locke, John (1632-1704); Malebranche, Nicolas De (1638-1715); Sackville, Thomas, 1st Earl Of Dorset; Science; Buckhurst, Baron; Scientists


E. OF DORSET: 2. PHRYNE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Phryne had talents for mankind
Last Line: Then painted butterflies.
Subject(s): Courtesans; Sackville, Thomas, 1st Earl Of Dorset; Buckhurst, Baron


ELEGY TO THE MEMORY OF AN UNFORTUNATE LADY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: What beckoning ghost, along the moonlight shade
Last Line: The muse forgot, and thou belov'd no more!
Variant Title(s): Verses To The Memory Of An Unfortunate Lady;elegy To The Death Of An Unfortunate Lady
Subject(s): Death; Love; Dead, The


ELOISA TO ABELARD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In these deep solitudes and awful cells
Last Line: He best can paint 'em, who shall feel 'em most.
Subject(s): Abelard, Peter (1079-1144); Heloise (1098-1164); Philosophy & Philosophers; Eloise; Eloisa


EPIGRAM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When other ladies to the groves go down
Last Line: And haunt the places where their honour dy'd.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers


EPIGRAM ... SEEING SOME SHEETS OF MILTON'S PARADISE LOST, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Did milton's prose, o charles, thy death defend?
Last Line: The murd'rous critic has aveng'd thy murder.
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674)


EPIGRAM ENGRAVED ON THE COLLAR OF A DOG, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am his highness' dog at kew
Last Line: Pray tell me sir, whose dog are you?
Variant Title(s): Inscribed On The Collar Of A Dog;on The Collar Of A Dog Presented By Mr. Pope;engraved On The Collar Of A Dog [which I Gave To His Royal Highness]
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


EPIGRAM IN BEHALF OF MR. SOUTHERNE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Argyle his praise, when southerne wrote
Last Line: They'll fit no man alive.
Subject(s): Southerne, Thomas (1660-1746); Southern, Thomas


EPIGRAM OCCASIONED BY AN INVITATION TO COURT: 1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the lines that you sent, are the muses and graces
Last Line: You have the nine in your wit, and three in your faces.


EPIGRAM OCCASIONED BY AN INVITATION TO COURT: 2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They may talk of the goddesses in ida vales
Last Line: But you show your wit, whereas they show'd their tails.
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


EPIGRAM OCCASIONED BY AN INVITATION TO COURT: 3, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You bellendene, griffin, and little la pell
Last Line: And send what argyle, would he write, might have writ.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers


EPIGRAM OCCASIONED BY AN INVITATION TO COURT: 4, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Adam had fallen twice, if for an apple
Last Line: The d--l had brought him bellendene and la pell.


EPIGRAM OCCASIONED BY AN INVITATION TO COURT: 5, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On sunday at six, in the street that's call'd gerrard
Last Line: You may meet the two champions who are no lord s--d.


EPIGRAM OCCASIONED BY AN INVITATION TO COURT: 6, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They say argyll's a wit for what?
Last Line: For writing? No, -- for writing not.
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


EPIGRAM OCCASIONED BY CIBBER'S VERSES IN PRAISE OF NASH: 1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O nash! More blest in ev'ry other thing
Last Line: And all mankind, but cibber, sing thy praise.
Subject(s): "cibber, Colley (1671-1757); Nash, Richard (""beau"") (1674-1762);


EPIGRAM OCCASIONED BY CIBBER'S VERSES IN PRAISE OF NASH: 2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Cibber! Write all thy verses upon glasses
Last Line: The only way to save 'em from our a--s.
Subject(s): Cibber, Colley (1671-1757)


EPIGRAM ON A PICTURE OF QUEEN CAROLINE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Alas! What room for flattry, or for pride!
Last Line: This single crayon, madam, saints the queen.
Subject(s): Caroline Of Ansbach. Queen Of England


EPIGRAM ON BISHOP HOUGH, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A bishop, by his neighbors hates
Last Line: And whither enoch went before him.
Subject(s): Hough, John. Bishop Of Worcester


EPIGRAM ON CIBBER'S DECLARATION THAT HE WILL HAVE LAST WORD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Quoth cibber to pope, tho' in verse you foreclose
Last Line: For know, the last word is the word that lasts longest.
Subject(s): Cibber, Colley (1671-1757)


EPIGRAM ON DENNIS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Should d-- s print how once you robb'd your brother
Last Line: Secure in dullness, madness, want, and age.
Subject(s): Dennis, John (1657-1734)


EPIGRAM ON DR. ALURED CLARKE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let clarke make half his life the poor's support
Last Line: But let him give the other half to court.
Subject(s): Clarke, Alured. Dean Of Exeter


EPIGRAM ON J.M.S., by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To prove himself no plagiary, moore
Last Line: Who shew'd his breech, to prove 'twas not besh --
Subject(s): Smyth, James Moore


EPIGRAM ON J.M.S. GENT., by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A gold watch found on a cinder whore
Last Line: Not that they're rich, but that they steal.
Subject(s): Prostitution; Smyth, James Moore; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


EPIGRAM ON LOPPING TREES IN HIS GARDEN, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mr ld. Complains, that p-- (stark mad with gardens)
Last Line: A lord's acquaintance? -- let him file his bill.
Subject(s): Trees


EPIGRAM ON MR. M--RE'S GOING TO LAW WITH MR. GILLIVER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once in his life m--re judges right
Last Line: Who's but a publisher himself.
Subject(s): Smyth, James Moore


EPIGRAM ON ONE WHO MADE LONG EPITAPHS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Friend! For your epitaphs I'm griev'd
Last Line: The other never read.


EPIGRAM ON QUEEN CAROLINE'S DEATHBED, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lies wrapped up in forty thousand towels
Last Line: The only proof that c*** had bowels.
Subject(s): Caroline Of Ansbach. Queen Of England; Hate


EPIGRAM ON THE CANDIDATES FOR THE LAUREL, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Shall royal praise be rhym'd by such a ribald
Last Line: Oh! Save the salary, and drink the sack!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


EPIGRAM ON THE CANDIDATES FOR THE LAUREL (2), by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Behold! Ambitious of the british bays
Last Line: For duck can thresh, you know, as well as write.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


EPIGRAM ON THE TOASTS OF THE KIT-CAT CLUB, ANNO 1716, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Whence deathless kit-cat took its name
Last Line: Of old cats and young kits.
Subject(s): Kit-kat, Club; Names


EPIGRAM, IN A MAID OF HONOUR'S PRAYER-BOOK, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When israel's daughters mourn'd their past offences
Last Line: As decent to repent in, as to sin in.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers


EPIGRAM. IMITATED BY GOLDSMITH, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Well then, poor g- lies under the ground
Last Line: Tis ten to one he'll ne'er come back.
Variant Title(s): Epitaph On G --
Subject(s): Gay, John (1685-1732)


EPIGRAM. OZELL'S TRANSLATION OF BOILEAU'S LUTRIN, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ozell, at sanger's call, invoked his muse
Last Line: Who the plain-dealer damns, and prints the biter.
Variant Title(s): The Translator
Subject(s): Boileau, Nicholas (1636-1711); Translating & Interpreting


EPIGRAM: ON AUTHORS AND BOOKSELLERS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What authors lose, their booksellers have won
Last Line: So pimps grow rich, while gallants are undone.
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship; Booksellers; Bookstores


EPIGRAM: ON POETS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Damnation follows death in other men
Last Line: But your damn'd poet lives and writes agen.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


EPILOGUE TO ROWE'S 'JANE SHORE,' DESIGNED FOR MRS. OLDFIELD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Prodigious this! The frail-one of our play
Last Line: Come here in crowds, and stare the strumpet down.
Subject(s): Marriage; Oldfield, Anne (1683-1730); Plays & Playwrights; Rowe, Nicholas (1674-1718); Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EPILOGUE TO THE SATIRES: DIALOGUE 1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Not twice a twelvemonth you appear in print
Last Line: Show there was one who held it in disdain.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


EPILOGUE TO THE SATIRES: DIALOGUE 2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis all a libel -- paxton, sir, will say
Last Line: And write next winter more essays on man.
Subject(s): Dalrymple, John. 2d Earl Of Stair; Hough, John. Bishop Of Worcester; Stair, Marshal (1673-1747)


EPISTLE TO A YOUNG LADY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In this strange town a different course we take
Last Line: And if poor pope is cl-pt, the fault is yours.


EPISTLE TO DR. ARBUTHNOT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Shut, shut the door, good john! Fatigued I said
Last Line: Thus far was right, the rest belongs to heav'n.
Variant Title(s): Prologue To The Satires
Subject(s): Addison, Joseph (1672-1719); Arbuthnot, John (1667-1735); Booksellers; Critics & Criticism; Gay, John (1685-1732); Hate; Physicians; Poetry & Poets; Politics & Government; Writing & Writers; Bookstores; Doctors


EPISTLE TO JAMES CRAGGS, ESQ; SECRETARY OF STATE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A soul as full of worth, as void of pride
Last Line: If not, 'tis I must be ashamed of you.
Subject(s): Craggs, James (1657-1721)


EPISTLE TO MISS TERESA BLOUNT, ON HER LEAVING THE TOWN, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As some fond virgin, whom her mother's care
Last Line: Look sow'r, and hum a tune -- as you may now.
Variant Title(s): Epistle To Miss Blount, On Her Leaving The Town;to A Young Lady On Her Leaving The Town
Subject(s): Absence; Cities; Separation; Isolation; Urban Life


EPISTLE TO MR. JERVAS, WITH FRESNOY'S ART OF PAINTING, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This verse be thine, my friend, nor thou refuse
Last Line: Thou but preserv'st a face and I a name.
Subject(s): Dryden, John (1631-1700); Dufresnoy, Charles Alphonse (1611-1665); Granville, George. Lord Lansdowne; Paintings And Painters


EPISTLE TO MRS. BLOUNT, WITH THE WORKS OF VOITURE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In these gay thoughts the loves and graces shine
Last Line: Still to charm those who charm the world beside.
Variant Title(s): To Miss Blout, With The Works Of Voiture
Subject(s): Books; Voiture, Vincent De (1598-1648); Reading


EPISTLE TO ROBERT, EARL OF OXFORD, AND EARL MORTIMER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Such were the notes thy once-lov'd poet sung
Last Line: Nor fears to tell, that mortimer is he.
Subject(s): Harley, Robert. 1st Earl Of Oxford; Mortimer, Earl Of


EPITAPH, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lies a round woman, who thought mighty odd
Last Line: And now she's in t'other, she thinks it but queer.
Subject(s): Epitaphs


EPITAPH DESIGNED FOR MR. DRYDEN'S MONUMENT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This sheffield rais'd. The sacred dust below
Last Line: Was dryden once: the rest who does not know?
Subject(s): Dryden, John (1631-1700)


EPITAPH FOR ONE WHO WOULD NOT BE BURIED IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Heroes and kings! Your distance keep
Last Line: Let horace blush, and virgil too.
Subject(s): Twickenham, England; Westminster Abbey


EPITAPH FROM THE LATIN ON THE COUNT OF MIRANDULA: 1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lies lord coningsby - be civil
Last Line: The rest god knows -- so does the devil.
Subject(s): Coningsby, Thomas, Lord (1656-1729); Epitaphs; Pico Della Mirandola, Giovanni. Conte


EPITAPH FROM THE LATIN ON THE COUNT OF MIRANDULA: 2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here francis c- lies. Be civil
Last Line: The rest god knows -- perhaps the devil.
Subject(s): Chartres, Francis (1675-1732); Crime & Criminals; Pico Della Mirandola, Giovanni. Conte


EPITAPH INTENDED FOR MR. ROWE IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thy relicks, rowe, to this fair urn we trust
Last Line: What a whole thankless land to his denies.
Subject(s): Rowe, Nicholas (1674-1718); Westminster Abbey


EPITAPH INTENDED FOR SIR ISAAC NEWTON, IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Nature, and nature's laws lay hid in night
Last Line: God said, let newton be! And all was light.
Variant Title(s): Science
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Newton, Sir Isaac (1642-1727)


EPITAPH ON CHARLES EARL OF DORSET, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dorset, the grace of the courts, the muses' pride
Last Line: And patriots still, or poets, deck the line.
Subject(s): Ancestry & Ancestors; Sackville, Charles. 6th Earl Of Dorset


EPITAPH ON DR. FRANCIS ATTERBURY, BISHOP OF ROCHESTER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, we have liv'd - one pang, and then we part!
Last Line: -- he said, and dy'd.


EPITAPH ON EDMUND DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If modest youth, with cool reflection crown'd
Last Line: Pays the last tribute of a saint to heav'n.


EPITAPH ON GENERAL HENRY WHITHERS, IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here withers rest! Thou bravest, gentlest mind
Last Line: The last true briton lies beneath this stone.
Subject(s): Epitaphs


EPITAPH ON HIMSELF, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Under this marble, or under this sill
Last Line: Trusts in god, that as well as he was, he shall be.
Subject(s): Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)


EPITAPH ON JAMES CRAGGS, ESQ.; IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Statesman, yet friend to truth! Of soul sincere
Last Line: Prais'd, wept, and honour'd, by the muse he lov'd.
Subject(s): Craggs, James (1657-1721); Westminster Abbey


EPITAPH ON JAMES MOORE SMYTHE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lyes what had not birth, nor shape, nor fame
Last Line: Ex nihilo nihil fit.
Subject(s): Smyth, James Moore


EPITAPH ON JAMES MOORE-SMYTHE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lies what had not birth, nor shape, nor fame
Last Line: For how can no-thing be annihilated?
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Hate


EPITAPH ON JOHN HEWET AND SARAH DREW: 1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When eastern lovers feed the fun'ral fire
Last Line: Sent his own lightning, and the victims seiz'd.
Subject(s): Love


EPITAPH ON JOHN HEWET AND SARAH DREW: 2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Think not by rigorous judgment seiz'd
Last Line: And face the flash that melts the ball.
Subject(s): Love


EPITAPH ON JOHN HEWET AND SARAH DREW: 3, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lye two poor lovers, who had the mishap
Last Line: Tho very chaste people, to die of a clap.


EPITAPH ON JOHN KNIGHT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O fairest pattern to a failing age
Last Line: In death, by friendship, honour, virtue; mourn'd.
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


EPITAPH ON JOHN LORD CARYLL, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A manly form; a bold, yet modest mind
Last Line: Look on this marble, and be vain no more!


EPITAPH ON LADY KNELLER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: One day I mean to fill sir godfry's tomb
Last Line: For I am very large, and very wide.


EPITAPH ON MR. ELIJAH FENTON, AT EASTHAMSTED IN BERKS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This modest stone what few vain marbles can
Last Line: Thank'd heav'n that he had liv'd, and that he dy'd.


EPITAPH ON MR. GAY IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of manners gentle, of affections mild
Last Line: Striking their pensive bosoms -- here lies gay.
Variant Title(s): On Mr. Gay
Subject(s): Gay, John (1685-1732); Westminster Abbey


EPITAPH ON MR. ROWE IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thy reliques, rowe! To this sad shrine we trust
Last Line: That holds their ashes and expects her own.
Subject(s): Rowe, Nicholas (1674-1718); Westminster Abbey


EPITAPH ON MRS. CORBET, WHO DYED OF A CANCER IN HER BREAST, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here rests a woman, good without pretence
Last Line: The saint sustain'd it, but the woman dy'd.
Variant Title(s): On Mrs. Corbet
Subject(s): Cancer, Breast


EPITAPH ON P.P. CLERK OF THE PARISH, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O reader, if that thou canst read
Last Line: That never spareth none.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


EPITAPH ON SIR GODFREY KNELLER IN WESTMINSTER-ABBY 1723, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Kneller, by heav'n, and not by a master, taught
Last Line: Her works; and dying, fears herself may die.
Subject(s): Kneller, Sir Godfrey (1649-1723); Westminster Abbey; Kniller, Gottfried


EPITAPH ON SIR WILLIAM TRUMBULL, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A pleasing form; a firm, yet cautious mind
Last Line: At length enjoys that liberty he lov'd.
Variant Title(s): Epitaph On Sir William Trumbal
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers


EPITAPH ON THE HON. SIMON HARCOURT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To this sad shrine, who'er thou art! Draw near
Last Line: And with a father's sorrows mix his own!


EPITAPH ON THE MONUMENT OF ROBERT DIGBY, AND HIS SISTER MARY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Go! Fair example of untainted youth
Last Line: Tis all a father, all a friend can give!
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


FRAGMENT OF BRUTUS, AN EPIC, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The patient chief, who lab'ring long, arriv'd
Last Line: My countrys poet, to record her fame.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


HAPPINESS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Know then this truth (enough for a man to know)
Last Line: And strongest motive to assist the rest
Variant Title(s): Virtue, The Sole Unfailing Happiness;on Virtue
Subject(s): Mothers


HORACE, SATYR 4.1 PARAPHRASED, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The fop, whose pride affects a patron's name
Last Line: But such a babling coxcomb in his stead.


IMITATION OF CHAUCER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Women ben full of ragerie
Last Line: Then trust on mon, whose yerde can talke.'
Variant Title(s): Chaucer
Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey (1342-1400)


IMITATION OF MARTIAL, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At length my friend (while time, with still career)
Last Line: The present well, and ev'n the past enjoy.
Subject(s): Contentment


IMITATION OF TIBULLUS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here stopt by hasty death, alexis lies
Last Line: Who crost half europe, led by wortley's eyes!
Subject(s): Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley (1689-1762)


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: EPISTLE 1.1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: St. John, whose love indulg'd my labours past
Last Line: A fit of vapours clouds this demi-god.
Subject(s): Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729); Physicians; St. John, Henry (1678-1751); Doctors; Viscount Bolingbroke


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: EPISTLE 1.6, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Not to admire, is all the art I know'
Last Line: Why do, I'll follow them with all my heart.


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: EPISTLE 1.7, SELECTION, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis true, my lord, I gave my word
Last Line: But you may read it, I stop short.


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: EPISTLE 2.1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While you, great patron of mankind! Sustain
Last Line: Befringe the rails of bedlam and sohoe.
Variant Title(s): To Augustus
Subject(s): Dramatists; Dryden, John (1631-1700); George Ii, King Of England (1683-1760); Great Britain - Foreign Relations; Immortality; Lely, Sir Peter (1618-1680); Paintings And Painters; Plays & Playwrights; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Spen


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: EPISTLE 2.2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear col'nel, corbham's and your country's friend
Last Line: Whom folly pleases, and whose follies please.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: ODE IV, 1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Again? New tumults in my breast?
Last Line: And now, on rolling waters snatch'd away.
Variant Title(s): To Venus
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Middle Age; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: SATIRE 2.1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are (I scarce can think it, but am told)
Last Line: My lords the judges laugh, and you're dismiss'd.
Variant Title(s): First Satire Of Second Book Of Horace Imitated


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: SATIRE 2.2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What, and how great, the virtue and the art
Last Line: Let us be fix'd, and our own masters still.
Subject(s): Gluttony


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: SATIRE 2.6, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I've often wish'd that I had clear
Last Line: A crust of bread, and liberty.'
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


IMITATIONS OF HORACE: SERMON 1.2. SOBER ADVICE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The tribe of templars, play'rs, apothecaries
Last Line: This truth, let l--l, f--ys, o--w tell.


IMPROMPTU TO LADY WINCHILSEA, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In vain you boast, poetic names of yore
Last Line: But shines himself till they are seen no more.
Subject(s): Finch, Anne. Countess Of Winchilsea; Women


IN IMITATION OF COWLEY: 1. WEEPING, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While celia's tears make sorrow bright
Last Line: To set, like him, heav'n too on fire.
Subject(s): Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667)


IN IMITATION OF COWLEY: 2. PRESENTING A LARK, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Go tuneful bird, forebear to soar
Last Line: While wretched lovers sing in vain.
Subject(s): Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667)


IN IMITATION OF COWLEY: 3. THE RIVER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hail sacred spring, whose fruitful stream
Last Line: Till mischief learn'd to mix with wine.
Subject(s): Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667); Rivers


IN IMITATION OF WALLER: 1. OF A LADY SINGING TO HER LUTE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fair charmer, cease, nor make your voice's prize
Last Line: This vocal wood had drawn the poet too.
Subject(s): Waller, Edmund (1606-1687)


IN IMITATION OF WALLER: 2. OF THE LADY WOULD NOT SLEEP ..., by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As gods sometimes descend from heav'n and deign
Last Line: But serenissa must becalm the breast.
Subject(s): Waller, Edmund (1606-1687)


IN IMITATION OF WALLER: 3. OF HER PICTURE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The nymph her graces here express'd may find
Last Line: Not for his own, but hers, the youth had dy'd.
Subject(s): Waller, Edmund (1606-1687)


IN IMITATION OF WALLER: 4. OF HER SICKNESS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah serenissa, from our arms
Last Line: You are not now invincible.
Subject(s): Waller, Edmund (1606-1687)


IN IMITATION OF WALLER: 5. OF HER WALKING IN A GARDEN ..., by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: See how the sun in dusky skies
Last Line: But if she disappears, I dye.
Subject(s): Waller, Edmund (1606-1687)


IN IMITATION OF WALLER: 6. OF HER SIGHING, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When love would strike th' offending fair
Last Line: Th' arabian coast, and waft us on our way.
Subject(s): Waller, Edmund (1606-1687)


INSCRIPTIO, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And thou! Whose sense, whose humour, and whose rage
Last Line: And brings the true saturnian age of lead.
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


INSCRIPTION, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Nymph of the grot, these sacred springs I keep
Last Line: And drink in silence, or in silence lave!


INSCRIPTION ON A GROTTO OF SHELLS AT CRUX-EASTON, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here shunning idleness at once and praise
Last Line: And hid in desarts what wou'd charm a court.
Variant Title(s): Inscription On A Grotto, The Work Of Nine Ladies


INSCRIPTION ON A PUNCH-BOWL, IN SOUTH-SEA YEAR FOR A CLUB, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, fill the south sea goblet full
Last Line: And jove with joy puts off the bear.


INSCRIPTION. MARTHA BLOUNT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Each pretty carecter with pleasing smart
Last Line: Deepens the dear idea in my heart.


LETTER TO CROMWELL, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sir, / this letter greets you from the shades
Last Line: A. Pope.


LINES ADDED TO WYCHERLEY'S POEMS: 1. ON DULLNESS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus dullness, the safe opiate of the mind
Last Line: With dulness first began, in dulness last must end.
Subject(s): Ignorance; Dullness; Stupdity


LINES ADDED TO WYCHERLEY'S POEMS: 2. OF THE BYPASS OF A BOWL, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The poize of dulness to the heavy skull
Last Line: The nearer to its end, or purpose, home.


LINES ADDED TO WYCHERLEY'S POEMS: 3. OF WEIGHTS OF A CLOCK, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So clocks to lead their nimble motions owe
Last Line: Actuates, maintains, and rules the moving frame.
Subject(s): Clocks; Time


LINES ADDED TO WYCHERLEY'S POEMS: 4. SIMILITUDES, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus either men in private useless ease
Last Line: Kept fresh by motion, and unchang'd by change.


LINES ADDED TO WYCHERLEY'S POEMS: 5. SOLITUDE AND RETIREMENT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Honour and wealth, the joys we seek, deny
Last Line: A type of paradise, the rural scene!
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


LINES ADDED TO WYCHERLEY'S POEMS: 6. CONCLUSION, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At length the board, in loose disjointed chat
Last Line: But 'tis of each, the little, and the good.


LINES FROM ALCANDER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Shields, helms, and swords all jangle as they hang
Last Line: That even humble seems a term too high.


LINES FROM THE ART OF SINKING, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For whom thus rudely pleads my loud-tongu'd gate
Last Line: And strip white ceres of her nut-brown coat.


LINES IN CONCLUSION OF A SATIRE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: But what avails to lay down rules for sense?
Last Line: When ambrose philips was preferr'd for wit!
Subject(s): Philips, Ambrose (1674-1749)


LINES ON BOUNCE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah bounce! Ah gentle beast! Why wouldst thou dye
Last Line: When thou had'st meat enough, and orrery?
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


LINES ON COFFEE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As long as moco's happy tree shall grow
Last Line: So long her honour, name, and praise shall last!
Subject(s): Coffee


LINES ON CURLL, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So when curll's stomach the strong drench o'ercame
Last Line: Smiles on the vomit, and enjoys the purge.
Subject(s): Poisons And Poisoning


LINES ON MINISTERS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: But ministers like gladiators live
Last Line: Dies between exigents, and self defence.
Subject(s): Politics & Government


LINES ON MR. HATTON'S CLOCKS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: From hour to hour melodiously they chime
Last Line: With silver sounds, and sweetly tune out time.
Subject(s): Clocks; Time


LINES ON SWIFT'S ANCESTORS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Jonathan swift / had the gift
Last Line: For england hath its own.
Subject(s): Ancestry & Ancestors; Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


LINES ON WRITING A TRAGEDY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tell me, by all melting joys of love
Last Line: -- am I not fit to write a tragedy?
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


LINES TO A FRIEND WRITTEN AT HIS MOTHER'S BEDSIDE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While ev'ry joy, successful youth! Is thinw
Last Line: Thus far, is right; the rest belongs to heav'n.


LINES TO BOLINBROKE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What pleasing phrensy steals away my source?
Last Line: Villete's soft voice and st john's silver lyre.
Subject(s): St. John, Henry (1678-1751); Viscount Bolingbroke


LINES TO KING GEORGE II, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O all-accomplish'd caesar! On thy shelf
Last Line: And there triumphant sing thy soverain's praise.
Subject(s): George Ii, King Of England (1683-1760)


LINES TO LORD BATHURST, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A wood? Quoth lewis; and with that
Last Line: An honest man, because not hang'd.
Subject(s): Bathurst, Allen, 1st Earl (1684-1775); Lewis, Erasmus (1670-1754); Statesmen


MACER: A CHARACTER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When simple macer, now of high renown
Last Line: To bawd for others, and go shares with punk.
Subject(s): Philips, Ambrose (1674-1749)


MARY GULLIVER TO CAPTAIN LEMUEL GULLIVER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Welcome, thrice welcome, to thy native place!
Last Line: Endu'd with all the virtues of a horse.
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


MESSIAH; A SACRED ECLOGUE IN IMITATION OF VIRGIL'S POLLIO, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye nymphs of solyma! Begin the song
Last Line: Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own messiah reigns!
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Religion; Theology


MORAL ESSAYS: EPISTLE 1. TO RICHARD TEMPLE, VISCOUNT COBHAM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, you despise the man to books confin'd
Last Line: Oh, save my country, heav'n!' shall be your last.
Variant Title(s): Of Knowledge And Character Of Men
Subject(s): Brydges, James. 1st Duke Of Chandros; Lane, James. 2d Viscount Lanesborough; Temple, Richard. 1st Viscount Cobham; Wharton, Philip, Duke Of (1698-1731); Wilmot, John (1647-1680); Rochester, 2nd Earl Of


MORAL ESSAYS: EPISTLE 2. TO A LADY: OF THE CHARACTERS OF WOMEN, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing so true as what you once let fall
Last Line: To you gave sense, good humour, and a poet.
Variant Title(s): An Epistle To A Lady: Of The Characters Of Women;epistle To A Lady
Subject(s): Beauty; Blount, Martha (Patty) (1690-1763); Character; Human Behavior; Inconsistency; Poetry & Poets; Women; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


MORAL ESSAYS: EPISTLE 3. TO ALLEN LORD BATHURST, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Who shall decide, when doctors disagree
Last Line: And sad sir balaam curses god and dies.
Variant Title(s): An Epistle To Allen Lord Bathurst: Of The Use Of Riches
Subject(s): Bathurst, Allen, 1st Earl (1684-1775); Chartres, Francis (1675-1732); Colepepper, Sir William (1668-1740); Coningsby, Thomas, Lord (1656-1729); Crime & Criminals; Cutler, Sir John (1608-1693); Harley, Edward. 2d Earl Of Oxford; Heathcote, Sir Gilbert (16


MORAL ESSAYS: EPISTLE 4. TO RICHARD BOYLE, EARL BURLINGTON, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis strange, the miser should his cares employ
Last Line: These are imperial works, and worthy kings.
Variant Title(s): An Epistle To Richard Boyle: Of The Use Of Riches
Subject(s): Boyle, Richard. 3d Earl Of Burlington; Gardens & Gardening; Hearne, Thomas (1678-1735); Herbert, Thomas. 8th Earl Of Pembroke; Jones, Inigo (1573-1652); Le Notre, Andre (1613-1700); Mead, Richard (1673-1754); Sloane, Sir Hans (1660-1753); Vitruvius Polli


MR. POPE, by JOHN ORLEY ALLEN TATE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When alexander pope strolled in the city
Alternate Author Name(s): Tate, Allen
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)


OCCASIONED BY SOME VERSES OF THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Muse, 'tis enough: at length thy labour ends
Last Line: And I and malice from this hour are friends.
Subject(s): Sheffield, John (1648-1721); Buckingham & Normandy, 1st Duke Of; Mulgrave, 3d Earl Of


ODE ON SOLITUDE (FINAL PRINTED VERSION), by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Happy the man, whose wish and care
Last Line: Tell where I lie.
Variant Title(s): The Contented Man;the Quiet Life;ode To Solitude
Subject(s): Contentment; Home; Nature; Solitude; Loneliness


ODE [FOR MUSIC] ON ST. CECILIA'S DAY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Descend ye nine! Descend and sing
Last Line: Hers lift the soul to heav'n.
Subject(s): Cecilia, Saint (3d Century); Music & Musicians; Saints


ON A CERTAIN LADY AT COURT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I know the thing that's most uncommon / (envy be silent and attend!)
Last Line: The woman 's deaf, and does not hear!
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Envy; Modesty; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


ON A LADY WHO P-SSED AT THE TRAGEDY OF CATO, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While maudlin whigs deplored their cato's fate
Last Line: For that road leads directly to the heart.
Subject(s): Cato The Younger (95-46 B.c.); Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


ON HIS GROTTO AT TWICKENHAM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou who shalt stop, where thames' translucent wave
Last Line: Who dare to love their country, and be poor.
Subject(s): Home; Twickenham, England


ON LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU'S PORTRAIT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The play full smiles around the dimpled mouth
Last Line: And the whole princess in my work should shine.
Subject(s): Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley (1689-1762)


ON LYING IN THE EARL OF ROCHESTER'S BED AT ATTERBURY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With no poetick ardors fir'd
Last Line: When freedom is more dear than life.
Subject(s): Wilmot, John (1647-1680); Rochester, 2nd Earl Of


ON RECEIVING FROM LADY FRANCES SHIRLEY A STANDISH AND 2 PENS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, I beheld th' athenian queen
Last Line: Of those that sing of these poor eyes.'
Subject(s): Inkstands; Stanley, Lady Frances (1706-1778)


ON SEEING THE LADIES AT CRUX-EASTON WALK IN THE WOODS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Authors the world and their dull brains have traced
Last Line: Here, here's the place, where these bright angels walk.


ON SILENCE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Silence! Coeval with eternity
Last Line: All rest in peace at last, and sleep eternally.
Subject(s): Silence; Wilmot, John (1647-1680); Rochester, 2nd Earl Of


ON THE BENEFACTIONS IN THE LATE FROST, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, 'tis the time! I cry'd, impose the chain!
Last Line: To take the only way to be forgiven.
Variant Title(s): Epigram Explained By Carruthers To Refer To The Large Sums
Subject(s): Charity; Forgiveness; Hope; Sin; Philanthropy; Clemency; Optimism


ON THE COUNTESS OF BURLINGTON CUTTING PAPER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pallas grew vapourish once, and odd
Last Line: Between john overton and you.


ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FORTY; A POEM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O wretched b--, jealous now of all
Last Line: And one man's honesty redeem the land.
Subject(s): Great Britain; Politics & Government


PARAPHRASE ON THOMAS A KEMPIS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Speak, gracious lord, oh, speak: thy servant hears
Last Line: Thy greater glory, and my greater good!
Subject(s): Thomas A Kempis (1379-1471)


PRESENTATION VERSES TO NATHANIEL PIGOTT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The muse this one verse to learn'd pigot addresses
Last Line: Once in danger of death, once in danger of law.
Subject(s): Pigott, Nathaniel (1661-1737)


PROLOGUE DESIGNED FOR MR. D'URFEY'S LAST PLAY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Grown old in rhyme, 'twere barbarous to discard
Last Line: Nor force him to be damn'd, to get his living.
Subject(s): D'urfey, Thomas (1653-1723); Plays & Playwrights


PROLOGUE TO MR. ADDISON'S TRAGEDY OF CATO, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To wake the soul by tender strokes of art
Last Line: As cato's self had not disdain'd to hear.
Subject(s): Addison, Joseph (1672-1719); Cato The Younger (95-46 B.c.); Plays & Playwrights; Poetry & Poets; Politics & Government


PROLOGUE TO SOPHONISBA, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When learning, after the long gothic night
Last Line: Thy silent whisper is the sacred test.]
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship


PROLOGUE TO THE THREE HOURS AFTER MARRIAGE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Authors are judg'd by strange capricious rules
Last Line: Let him that takes it, wear it as his own.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights


PROLOGUE, FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. DENNIS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As when that hero, who in each campaign
Last Line: And be the critick's, briton's, old-man's friend.
Subject(s): Dennis, John (1657-1734); Plays & Playwrights


PRUDERY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What is prudery? 'tis a beldam
Last Line: That rails at dear lepel and you.
Variant Title(s): Answer To The Following Question Of Mrs. Howe
Subject(s): Prudishness


PSALM: 91, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He who beneath thy shelt'ring wing resides
Last Line: To him reveal my joys, and open all my skies.


SANDY'S GHOST; OR ... BALLAD ON THE NEW OVID'S METAMORPHOSIS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye lords and commons, men of wit
Last Line: Quoth sandys: to waste-paper.
Subject(s): Dunton, John (1659-1733); Garth, Sir Samuel (1661-1719); Ovid (43 B.c.-17 A.d.); Sandys, George (1578-1644); Stanyan, Temple (D. 1752); Translating & Interpreting


SONNET WRITTEN UPON OCCASION OF THE PLAGUE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fair mirrour of foul times! Whose fragile sheene
Last Line: He sent him war, or plague, or famine sore.
Subject(s): Plague


SPRING. THE FIRST PASTORAL, OR DAMON, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: First in these fields I try the sylvan strains
Last Line: And from the pleiads fruitful show'rs descend.
Subject(s): Spring


SUMMER. THE SECOND PASTORAL, OR ALEXIS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A shepherd's boy (he seeks no better name)
Last Line: By night he scorches, as he burns by day.
Subject(s): Garth, Sir Samuel (1661-1719); Summer


SYLVIA, A FRAGMENT, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sylvia my heart in wond'rous wise alarm'd
Last Line: Is still a sad good christian at her heart.
Subject(s): Women


THE ALLEY. AN IMITATION OF SPENSER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In ev'ry town, where thamis rolls his tide
Last Line: Vales, spires, meandring streams, and windsor's tow'ry pride.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Spenser, Edmund (1552-1599)


THE BALANCE OF EUROPE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now europe's balanc'd, neither side prevails
Last Line: For nothing's left in either of the scales.
Subject(s): Europe


THE CAPON'S TALE TO A LADY WHO FATHERED HER LAMPOONS ..., by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In yorkshire dwelt a sober yeoman
Last Line: Nor like your capons, serve your cocks.
Subject(s): Chickens


THE CHALLENGE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To one fair lady out of court
Last Line: With a fa.
Variant Title(s): The Court Ballad
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Townshend, Charles, 2d Viscount; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


THE CRITICAL SPECIMEN: 1. A SIMILE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So on maeotis' marsh (where reeds and rushes)
Last Line: And swells his bloated corps to largest size.
Subject(s): Metaphor; Similes


THE CRITICAL SPECIMEN: 2. A RHAPSODY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fly pegasaean steed, thy rider bear
Last Line: And to its ancient mirth the comic sock return.


THE DISCOVERY, OR THE SQUIRE TURNED FERRET; BALLAD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Most true it is, I dare to say
Last Line: He still might shew his own.
Subject(s): Animals; Rabbits; Hares


THE DUNCIAD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The mighty mother, and her son, who brings
Last Line: And universal darkness buries all.


THE DUNCIAD VARIORUM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Books and the man I sing, the first who brings
Last Line: And thro' the ivory gate the vision flies.


THE FOOL AND THE POET, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sir, I admit your general rule
Last Line: That every fool is not a poet.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE FOURTH SATIRE OF DR. JOHN DONNE, VERSIFYED, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, if it be time to quit the stage
Last Line: In time to come, may pass for holy writ.
Subject(s): Donne, John (1572-1631); Poetry & Poets


THE HAPPY LIFE OF A COUNTRY PARSON, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Parson, these things in thy possessing
Last Line: And shake his head at doctor swift.
Variant Title(s): Dr. Swift
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


THE LAMENTATION OF GLUMDALCLITCH FOR THE LOSS OF GRILDRIG, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Soon as glumdalclitch miss'd her pleasing care
Last Line: And europe taste thy sorrows in a dish.
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


THE MODERN HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Behold the mansion reared by daedal jack
Last Line: The rat that ate the malt that lay in the house that jack built
Variant Title(s): The Domicile Of John (Wr. Att. To Alexander Pope)


THE RAPE OF THE LOCK, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What dire offence from amorous causes springs
Last Line: And mid'st the stars inscribe belinda's name!
Subject(s): Hair; Mothers


THE RAPE OF THE LOCK: CANTO 1, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: What dire offence from amorous causes springs
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Rape


THE RAPE OF THE LOCK: CANTO 2, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Not with more glories, in th' ethereal plain
Last Line: Anxious, and trembling for the birth of fate
Subject(s): Love; Omens; Rape


THE SECOND SATIRE OF DR. JOHN DONNE, VERSIFYED, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes; thank my stars! As early as I knew
Last Line: Within the reach of treason, or the law.
Subject(s): Donne, John (1572-1631); Poetry & Poets


THE SIX MAIDENS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A tower there is, where six maidens do dwell
Last Line: Prepard for the devil and his angells also?
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers


THE TEMPLE OF FAME, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In that soft season, when descending show'rs
Last Line: Oh grant an honest fame, or grant me none!


THE THREE GENTLE SHEPHERDS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of gentle philips will I ever sing
Last Line: And from all wits that have a knack gad save ye.
Subject(s): Budgell, Eustace (1686-1737); Carey, Walter (1686-1757); Philips, Ambrose (1674-1749)


THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Father of all! In every age
Last Line: All nature incense rise!
Subject(s): God; Prayer; Religion; Theology


THE WORDS OF THE KING OF BROBDINGNAG, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In miniature see nature's power appear
Last Line: Humility's the virtue of the great.
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


TO A BLOCKHEAD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come
Last Line: Knock as you please, there's no body at home.
Variant Title(s): Epigram
Subject(s): Ignorance; Dullness; Stupdity


TO A LADY WITH THE TEMPLE OF FAME, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What's fame with men, by custom of the nation
Last Line: Part you with one, and I'll renounce the other.
Subject(s): Fame; Reputation


TO BELINDA ON THE RAPE OF THE LOCK, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pleas'd in these lines, belinda, you may view
Last Line: To have the rape recorded by his muse.
Subject(s): Hair; Jervas, Charles (1675-1739); Paintings And Painters; Poetry & Poets


TO EUSTACE BUDGELL, ESQ. ON HIS TRANSLATION ... THEOPHRASTUS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis rumoured, budgell on a time
Last Line: That thou hast done, with life and spirit.
Subject(s): Boyer, Abel (1667-1729); Budgell, Eustace (1686-1737); Gildon, Charles (1665-1724); Translating & Interpreting


TO LORD HERVEY AND LADY MARY WORTLEY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I but call a flagrant whore unsound
Last Line: And sweet adonis -- you have lost a tooth.
Subject(s): Hervey, John. Baron Hervey Of Ickworth; Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley (1689-1762)


TO MR. ADDISON, OCCASIONED BY HIS DIALOGUES ON MEDALS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: See the wild waste of all-devouring years!
Last Line: And prais'd, unenvy'd, by the muse he lov'd.'
Subject(s): Numismatics; Coins, Commemorative; Medals, Historical


TO MR. GAY, WHO WROTE HIM A CONGRATULATORY LETTER ON FINISHING HOUSE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, friend! 'tis true - this truth you lovers know
Last Line: Bleeds drop by drop, and pants his life away.
Subject(s): Gay, John (1685-1732); Houses; Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley (1689-1762)


TO MR. JOHN MOORE, AUTHOR OF THE CELEBRATED WORM-POWDER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How much, egregious moore, are we
Last Line: Who maggots were before.
Variant Title(s): Worms
Subject(s): Advertising; Worms


TO MR. LEMUEL GULLIVER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To thee, we wretches of the houyhnhnm band
Last Line: Houyhnhnm.
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


TO MR. THOMAS SOUTHERNE, ON HIS BIRTHDAY, 1742, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Resigned to live, prepared to die
Last Line: And scorn a rascal and a coach.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Southerne, Thomas (1660-1746); Southern, Thomas


TO MRS. MARTHA BLOUNT (ON HER BIRTHDAY, 1723), by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O be thou blest with all that heaven can send
Last Line: And wake to raptures in a life to come.
Subject(s): Blount, Martha (Patty) (1690-1763); Love


TO QUINBUS FLESTRIN, THE MAN MOUNTAIN, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In amaze / lost I gaze
Last Line: Lofty poet, touch the sky.
Variant Title(s): Ode To Quinbus Flestrin
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


TO SIR GODFREY KNELLER, ON HIS PAINTING FOR ME THE STATUES.., by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What god, what genius, did the pencil move
Last Line: And strong as hercules.
Variant Title(s): On Drawings Of The Statues Of Apollo, Venus, And Hercules
Subject(s): Friendship; Kneller, Sir Godfrey (1649-1723); Kniller, Gottfried


TO THE AUTHOR OF A POEM ENTITLED SUCCESSION, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Begone, ye critics, and restrain your spite
Last Line: Since 'tis enough we find it so in you.
Subject(s): Settle, Elkanah (1648-1724)


TO THE EARL OF BURLINGTON ASKING WHO WRIT LIBELS AGAINST HIM, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You wonder who this thing has writ
Last Line: Who can it be but fibster h--y.
Subject(s): Hervey, John. Baron Hervey Of Ickworth


TO THE RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF OXFORD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wesley, if wesley 'tis they mean
Last Line: The lord of oxford knows.
Subject(s): Harley, Edward. 2d Earl Of Oxford


TWO OR THREE; OR A RECEIPT TO MAKE A CUCKOLD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Two or three visits, and two or three bows
Last Line: Can never fail cuckolding two or three spouses.
Subject(s): Cuckolds


UMBRA, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Close to the best known author umbra sits
Last Line: Know, sense, like charity, begins at home.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


UPON A GIRL OF SEVEN YEARS OLD, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wit's queen, (if what the poets sing be true)
Last Line: How pallas talk'd when she was seven years old.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


VERSES ADDRESSED TO IMITATOR OF FIRST SATIRE OF HORACE, by MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In two large columns, on thy motley page
Last Line: Wander like him, accursed through the land.
Alternate Author Name(s): Montagu, Mary Wortley; Pierrepont, Mary
Variant Title(s): A Reply To Alexander Pope
Subject(s): Hate; Man-woman Relationships; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


VERSES IN THE SCRIBLERIAN MANNER (1), by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tho the dean has run from us in manner uncivil
Last Line: We'll not be slow to visit dr. Swift.
Subject(s): Arbuthnot, John (1667-1735); Gay, John (1685-1732); Harley, Robert. 1st Earl Of Oxford; Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718); Physicians; Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745); Writing & Writers; Mortimer, Earl Of; Doctors


VERSES IN THE SCRIBLERIAN MANNER (2), by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: One that should be a saint
Last Line: Pray grant us admittance, and shut out miles davies.
Subject(s): Davies, Miles (1662-1719); Harley, Robert. 1st Earl Of Oxford; Tower Of London; Mortimer, Earl Of


VERSES OCCASIONED .. MR. D'URFY'S NAME IN TITLE OF HIS PLAY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Jove call'd before him t'other day
Last Line: To the great name of tom durfy.
Subject(s): D'urfey, Thomas (1653-1723)


VERSES TO BE PLACED UNDER THE PICTURE OF ENGLAND'S ARCH-POET, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: See who ne'er was or will be half-read!
Last Line: But send him, honest job, thy wife.
Subject(s): Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729); Physicians; Doctors


VERSES TO BE PREFIXED BEFORE BERNARD LINTOT'S NEW MISCELLANY, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Some colinaeus praise, some bleau
Last Line: For some folks read, but all folks sh --.
Subject(s): Bleau, Willem Janszoon (1571-1638); Books; Elzevier, Louis (1540-1617); Manutius, Aldus (1450-1515); Plantin, Christophe (1514-1589); Printing And Printers; Reading; Manuzio, Aldo; Mannucci, Aldo


VERSES TO MR. C, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Few words are best; I wish you well
Last Line: Want nothing else, except your wife.
Subject(s): Cleland, William (1673-1741)


VERSES TO MRS. JUDITH COWPER, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tho' sprightly sappho force our love and praise
Last Line: And, un-observed, the glaring sun declines.


WALLER. OF A FAN OF THE AUTHOR'S DESIGN, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, gentle air! Th' aeolian shepherd said
Last Line: And pities procris, while her lover dies.
Subject(s): Waller, Edmund (1606-1687)


WINDSOR FOREST, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Thy forests, windsor! And thy green retreats
Last Line: First in these fields I sung the sylvan strains.
Subject(s): Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667); Denham, Sir John (1615-1669); Freedom; Great Britain - History; Howard, Henry, Earl Of Surrey (1517-47); Landscape; Windsor Forest, England; Liberty; English History


WINTER. THE FOURTH PASTORAL, OR DAPHNE, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thyrsis, the musick of that murm'ring spring
Last Line: Daphne farewell, and all the world adieu!
Subject(s): Winter


WROTE IN A VOLUME OF EVELYN ON COINS, by ALEXANDER POPE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: T-m w--d of ch-sw-c, deep divine
Last Line: That churchman e'er gave coin to lay.
Subject(s): Evelyn, John (1620-1706); Kent, William (1686-1748); Numismatics; Wood, Thomas. Vicar Of Chiswick; Coins, Commemorative; Medals, Historical