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A LETTER TO SIR GEORGE ETHEREGE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To you who live in chill degree
Last Line: Has writ without a ten years warning.
Subject(s): Etherege, Sir George (1635-1692); Letters; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


A PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Gallants, a bashful poet bids me say
Last Line: Tis hard, he thinks, if neither part will do.
Subject(s): Muses; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


A SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fair, sweet and young, receive a prize
Last Line: For after dying all reprieve's too late.
Subject(s): Beauty; Fate; Love; Destiny


A SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: High state and honours to others impart
Last Line: So give up my game.
Subject(s): Beauty; Fate; Love; Destiny


A SONG FOR ST. CECILIA'S DAY, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: From harmony, from heavenly harmony, / this universal frame began
Last Line: And music shall untune the sky.
Variant Title(s): St. Cecilia's Day;ode On Cecilia's Day;harmony;a Song For St. Cecilia's Day, 1687
Subject(s): Cecilia, Saint (3d Century); Music & Musicians; Saints


A SONG TO A FAIR YOUNG LADY GOING OUT OF TOWN IN THE SPRING, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ask not the cause, why sullen spring
Last Line: To be the victim for mankind.
Variant Title(s): To A Fair Young Lady
Subject(s): Flora (Goddess); Flowers; Love; Spring; Women; Chloris (Goddess)


ABSALOM AND ACHITOPHEL, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: In pious times, ere priest-craft did begin
Last Line: And willing nations knew their lawful lord.
Variant Title(s): Absalom And Achitophel: A Poem
Subject(s): Charles Ii, King Of England (1630-1685); Conspiracy; Cooper, Anthony (1621-1683); Great Britain - Popish Plot (1678-80); Hyde, Lawrence. 1st Earl Of Rochester; James Ii, King Of Scotland (1430-1460); Jews; Politics & Government; Scott, James. Duke Of Mon


ALEXANDER'S FEAST; OR, THE POWER OF MUSIC, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas at the royal feast, for persia won
Last Line: She drew an angel down.
Variant Title(s): The Power Of Music;alexanders Plot;alexander's Feast; Or The Power Of Music: An Ode In Houour Of St
Subject(s): Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.); Music & Musicians


ALL FOR LOVE, OR THE WORLD WELL LOST: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poets, like disputants, when reasons fail
Last Line: Tis more than one man's work to please you all.
Variant Title(s): Prologue And Epilogue To All For Love: Epilogue
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


ALL FOR LOVE, OR THE WORLD WELL LOST: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What flocks of critics hover here to-day
Last Line: Such rivell'd fruits as winter can afford.
Variant Title(s): Prologue And Epilogue To All For Love: Prologue To Antony And Cleopatr
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism; Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: PART 2. EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They who have best succeeded on the stage
Last Line: To please an age more gallant than the last.
Variant Title(s): Prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 6
Subject(s): Theater & Theaters; Stage Life


ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: PART 2. PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They who write ill, and they who ne'r durst write
Last Line: Will prove a dowdy, with a face to fright you.
Variant Title(s): Prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 5
Subject(s): Authors & Authorship; Critics & Criticism; Imagination; Plays & Playwrights ; Fancy; Dramatists


ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This jeast was first of t' other houses making
Last Line: As, in a combat, coats of mayle, and charms.
Variant Title(s): Prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 1
Subject(s): Gwynn, Eleanor (Nell) (1650-1687); Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Gwyn, Eleanor (Nell); Gwynne, Eleanor (Nell); Dramatists


ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wherever I am, and whatever I do
Last Line: Than ever be freed from her pow'r.
Variant Title(s): Song: Phyllis;prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 4
Subject(s): Love; Singing & Singers; Women; Songs


ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: SONG OF ZAMBRA DANCE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beneath a myrtle shade
Last Line: Asleep or waking you must ease my pain.
Variant Title(s): Prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 3
Subject(s): Flowers; Love; Nymphs; Singing & Singers; Sleep; Songs


ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: SONG OF ZAMBRA DANCE2, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How unhappy a lover am I
Last Line: For the souls to meet closer above.
Variant Title(s): Prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 7
Subject(s): Death; Fate; Hope; Love - Loss Of; Nymphs; Dead, The; Destiny; Optimism


AMBOYNA: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A poet once the spartan's led to fight
Last Line: Let caesar live, and carthage be subdu'd!
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; England; Great Britain - Dutch War (1672-1678); Honor; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; English; Dramatists


AMBOYNA: EPITHALAMIUM, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The day is come, I see it rise
Last Line: And now despairing shuts her eyes.
Subject(s): Eyes; Love; Marriage; Virginity; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Vestals


AMBOYNA: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As needy gallants, in the scrivener's hands
Last Line: As much improper as would honesty.
Variant Title(s): Satire On The Dutch
Subject(s): Cruelty; Great Britain - Dutch War (1672-1678); Merchants; Plays & Playwrights ; Religion; Dramatists; Theology


AMBOYNA: SONG OF THE SEA FIGHT, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Who ever saw a noble sight
Last Line: As this so brave, so bloody sea fight.
Subject(s): Fights; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Singing & Singers; Seamen; Sails; Ocean; Songs


AMPHITRYON, OR THE TWO SOSIAS: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm thinking (and it almost makes me mad)
Last Line: To get young godlings; and, so, mend our breed.
Subject(s): Life; Love; Nymphs; Women


AMPHITRYON: PASTORAL DIALOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thyrsis: fair iris and her swain
Last Line: And fear not to be poor.
Subject(s): Death; Fate; Kisses; Plays & Playwrights ; Dead, The; Destiny; Dramatists


AMPHITRYON: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Celia, that I once was blest
Last Line: Love that's true, is love for ever.
Subject(s): Blessings; Love; Singing & Singers; Songs


AMPHITRYON: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fair iris I love and hourly I die
Last Line: So easie to part, or so equally join'd.
Subject(s): Blessings; Love; Singing & Singers; Songs


AMPHITYRON, OR THE TWO SOSIAS: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The laboring bee, when his sharp sting is gone
Last Line: To make fine fools of you, and all your parts.
Subject(s): Bees; Fame; Insects; Plays & Playwrights ; Theater & Theaters; Beekeeping; Reputation; Bugs; Dramatists; Stage Life


AN EVENING'S LOVE, OR THE MOCK ASTROLOGER: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My part being small, I have had time to-day
Last Line: And please you to a height, or not at all.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers; Dramatists


AN EVENING'S LOVE, OR THE MOCK ASTROLOGER: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When first our poet set himself to write
Last Line: Be kind to day, and cuckold him to morrow.
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets


AN EVENING'S LOVE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You charm'd me not with that fair face
Last Line: Which made us brave before.
Subject(s): Courage; Fortune; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Singing & Singers; War; Valor; Bravery; Songs


AN EVENING'S LOVE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: After the pangs of a desperate lover
Last Line: Ah what a joy to hear, shall we again!
Subject(s): Courage; Fortune; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Singing & Singers; War; Valor; Bravery; Songs


AN EVENING'S LOVE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Calm was the even, and clear was the sky
Last Line: He laugh'd out with a ha ha ha ha.
Subject(s): Courage; Fortune; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Singing & Singers; War; Valor; Bravery; Songs


AN EVENING'S LOVE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Celimena, of my heart
Last Line: When we come together.
Subject(s): Courage; Fortune; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Singing & Singers; War; Valor; Bravery; Songs


ANNUS MIRABILIS: THE YEAR OF WONDERS, 1666, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In thriving arts long time had holland grown
Last Line: And gently lay us on the spicy shore.
Subject(s): Great Britain - Dutch War (1664-1667); Monck, George. 1st Duke Of Albemarle; Navy - Dutch; Navy - Great Britain; English Navy


ARISE, YE SUBTERRANEAN WINDS, by JOHN DRYDEN                Poet's Biography


ARVIRAGUS AND PHILICA, REVIVED: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With sickly actors & an old house too
Last Line: You'd less good breeding or had more good nature.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Plays & Playwrights ; Theater & Theaters; Actresses; Dramatists; Stage Life


AURENG-ZEBE, OR THE GREAT MOGUL: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A pretty task! And so I told the fool
Last Line: Their votes who cannot judge, than theirs who can.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


AURENG-ZEBE, OR THE GREAT MOGUL: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our author by experience finds it true
Last Line: And see us play the tragedy of wit.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shame; Theater & Theaters; Dramatists; Stage Life


CALISTO, OR THE CHASTE NYMPH: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As jupiter I made my court in vain
Last Line: To bind your friends and to disarm your foes.
Variant Title(s): Spilogue Intended To Have Been Spoken By Lady Wentworth
Subject(s): Beauty; Crowne, John (1640-1703); Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Nations; Nymphs


CASEAR BORGIA, SON OF POPE ALEXANDER THE SIXTH: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The unhappy man, who once has trail'd a pen
Last Line: The pope says grace, but 'tis the devil gives thanks.
Subject(s): Death; Nations; Poetry & Poets; Theater & Theaters; War; Dead, The; Stage Life


CIRCE: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Were you but half so wise as you're severe
Last Line: He may grow up to write, and you to judge.
Subject(s): Circe; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Women; Dramatists


CIRCE: PROLOGUE (EARLIER VERSION), by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Were you but half so wise as you're severe
Last Line: You should protect from death by vulgar hands.
Subject(s): Circe; Davenant, Dr. Charles; Opera; Plays & Playwrights ; Women; Dramatists


CLEOMENS, OR THE SPARTAN HERO: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This day, the poet, bloodily inclined
Last Line: I'll cost you but your half-a-crown a day.
Subject(s): Love; Mankind; Poetry & Poets; Human Race


CLEOMENS, OR THE SPARTAN HERO: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I think, or hope at least, the coast is clear
Last Line: But to make wits of fools is past your pow'r.
Subject(s): Fools; Ireland; Sparta, Greece; Idiots; Irish


CLEOMENS, OR THE SPARTAN HERO: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: No, no, poor suff'ring heart, no change endeavour
Last Line: Love has found out a way to live by dying.
Subject(s): Cupid; Eyes; Love; Singing & Singers; Eros; Songs


COME, IF YOU DARE, OUR TRUMPETS SOUND, FR. KING ARTHUR, by JOHN DRYDEN                Poet's Biography


DON SEBASTIAN, ACT 3: TO ACCOUNT RENDERED, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My father's, mother's, brother's deaths I pardon
Last Line: And beg of heaven to charge the bill on me.
Subject(s): Brothers; Death; Forgiveness; Murder; Parents; Half-brothers; Dead, The; Clemency; Parenthood


DON SEBASTIAN: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I quaked at heart, for fear the royal fashion
Last Line: And make me thundring votes of lives and fortune.
Subject(s): Clergy; Incest; Love; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


DON SEBASTIAN: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The judge removed, though he's no more my lord
Last Line: And let him pay his taxes out in writing.
Subject(s): Great Britain - Commonwealth & Colonies; Judges; Plays & Playwrights ; Religious Discrimination; British Empire; England - Empire; Dramatists; Religious Conflict


ELEONORA; A PANEGYRICAL POEM, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As when some great and gracious monarch dies
Last Line: For thou shalt make it live, because it sings of thee.
Subject(s): Death; Life; Nations; Soul; Dead, The


ELEONORA; ELEGY ON THE COUNTESS OF ABINGDON, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: No single virtue we could most commend
Last Line: Clothed all in white, the livery of the day.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


EPILOGUE ON OCCASION OF REPRESENTATION FOR DRYDEN'S BENEFIT, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Perhaps the parson stretched a point too far
Last Line: While you have still your oats, and we our hains.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue To The 'pilgrim,' Revived
Subject(s): England; Poetry & Poets; Theater & Theaters; English; Stage Life


EPILOGUE TO 'TAMERLANE THE GREAT', by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ladies, the beardless author of this day
Last Line: And always fails you at the second heat.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


EPILOGUE TO 'THE PRINCESS OF CLEVES', by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A qualm of conscience brings me back agen
Last Line: But damn'd confessing is flat popery.
Subject(s): Love; Women


EPILOGUE TO 'THE UNHAPPY FAVOURITE, OR THE EARL OF ESSEX', by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We act by fits and starts, like drowning men
Last Line: The satisfaction of a gentleman.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue For The King's House;prologue And Epilogue To The Unhappy Favorite: Epilogue
Subject(s): England; Plays & Playwrights ; Treason & Traitors; English; Dramatists


EPILOGUE TO KING AND QUEEN, AT THE OPENING OF THEIR THEATRE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: New ministers, when first they get in place
Last Line: But first vote money, then redress at leasure.
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers; Plays & Playwrights ; Theater & Theaters; Attorneys; Dramatists; Stage Life


EPILOGUE TO MITHRIDATES, KING OF PONTIUS, BY MR. N. LEE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You've seen a pair of faithful lovers die
Last Line: And women fight, like swizzers, for their pay.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Dramatists


EPILOGUE TO THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA BY THE SPANIARDS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Success, which can no more than beauty last
Last Line: He had pleas'd better, had he lov'd you less.
Variant Title(s): Prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 2
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Success; Theater & Theaters; Dramatists; Stage Life


EPILOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1673, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: No poor dutch peasant, winged with all his fear
Last Line: We'll boldly back, and say their price is rais'd.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue Spoken At The Acting Of The 'silent Woman'
Subject(s): England; Fear; France; Oxford University; Plays & Playwrights ; War; English; Dramatists


EPILOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1674, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oft has our poet wisht [wished], this happy seat
Last Line: Judges so just, so knowing, and so kind.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue Spoken At Oxford By Mrs. Marshall
Subject(s): Muses; Oxford University; Poetry & Poets


EPITAPH ON A NEPHEW, IN CATWORTH CHURCH, HUNTINGDONSHIRE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Stay, stranger, stay, and drop one tear
Last Line: His father's fifth, her only son.
Subject(s): Death - Children; Epitaphs; Grief; Tears; Death - Babies; Sorrow; Sadness


EPITAPH ON [OR INTENED FOR] HIS WIFE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Last Line: Now she's at rest. And so am I.
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


FORTUNE (A FRAGMENT), by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fortune, that, with malicious joy
Last Line: And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.


FRAGMENT OF A CHARACTER OF JACOB TONSON (HIS PUBLISHER), by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With leering looks, bull-fac'd, and freckl'd fair
Last Line: And frowzy pores that taint the ambient air.
Subject(s): Faces; Judas Iscariot (D. 30 A.d.)


HEROIC STANZAS, CONSECRATED TO MEMORY OF OLIVER [CROMWELL], by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And now 'tis time; for their officious haste
Last Line: Where piety and valour jointly go.
Variant Title(s): Heroic Stanzas Consecrated To The Glorious Memory Of His Most Serene
Subject(s): Cromwell, Oliver (1599-1658); Death; England; Freedom; Politics & Government; Praise; Dead, The; English; Liberty


IMPROMPTU LINES ADDRESSED TO HIS COUSIN, MRS. CREED, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So much religion in your name doth dwell
Last Line: And practice is with endless glory crown'd.
Subject(s): Names; Religion; Soul; Theology


KING ARTHUR, OR THE BRITISH WORTHY: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I've had today a dozen billet-doux
Last Line: Shall be my favourite gallant to-day.
Subject(s): Dreams; Faith; Marriage; Opera; Nightmares; Belief; Creed; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


KING ARTHUR: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How blest are shepherds, how happy their lasses
Last Line: Chorus: let not youth, ...
Subject(s): Happiness; Musical Instruments; Joy; Delight


KING ARTHUR: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh sight, the mother of desires
Last Line: And if we may discover, &c.
Subject(s): Happiness; Musical Instruments; Joy; Delight


KING ARTHUR: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How happy the lover
Last Line: The pleasures of love.
Subject(s): Happiness; Musical Instruments; Joy; Delight


KING ARTHUR: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your hay it is mow'd, and your corn is reap'd
Last Line: Chorus: let not youth, ...
Subject(s): Happiness; Musical Instruments; Joy; Delight


KING ARTHUR: SONG OF AEOLUS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye blust'ring brethren of the skies
Last Line: There swell your lungs, and vainly, vainly threat.
Variant Title(s): To Britannia
Subject(s): Earth; Fear; Singing & Singers; Spring; World; Songs


KING ARTHUR: SONG OF PAN AND NEREIDE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Round they coasts, fair nymph of britain
Last Line: And takes for kings the tyrian dye.
Subject(s): Mythology; Mythology - Classical; Nymphs; Pan (Mythology); Singing & Singers; Songs


KING ARTHUR: SONG OF VENUS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fairest isle, all isles excelling
Last Line: Those shall be renown'd for love.
Variant Title(s): Song Of Venus [in Honour Of Britannia]
Subject(s): Cupid; Love; Mythology - Classical; Singing & Singers; Venus (Goddess); Eros; Songs


LINES IN A LETTER TO HIS LADY COUSIN, HONOR DRIDEN, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For since 'twas mine, the white hath lost its hiew
Last Line: Whom you so farre shall bless to make your seale.
Subject(s): Latin Literature; Letters; Virginity; Roman Literature; Vestals


LINES PRINTED UNDER THE ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF MILTON, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Three poets, in three distant ages born
Last Line: To make a third she join'd the former two.
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674); Nature; Poetry & Poets


LOVE TRIUMPHANT, OR NATURE WILL PREVAIL: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now, in good manners, nothing shou'd be said
Last Line: But, faith, I wou'd not trust her with a mouse.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


LOVE TRIUMPHANT, OR NATURE WILL PREVAIL: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As, when some treasurer lays down the stick
Last Line: To each, an omen of triumphant love.
Subject(s): Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


LOVE TRIUMPHANT: SONG FOR A GIRL, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Young I am, and yet unskill'd
Last Line: I shou'd long to be fifteen.
Subject(s): Love; Singing & Singers; Youth; Songs


LOVE TRIUMPHANT: SONG OF JEALOUSIE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What state of life can be so blest
Last Line: Thou tyrant of the mind!
Variant Title(s): Jealousy, The Tyrant Of The Mind
Subject(s): Death; Jealousy; Life; Love; Singing & Singers; Tyranny & Tyrants; Dead, The; Songs; Dictators


MACFLECKNOE; OR, A SATIRE UPON THE TRUE-BLUE-PROTESTANT POET, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: All human things are subject to decay
Last Line: With double portion of his father's art.
Variant Title(s): The Laureate Of Dulness (Shadwell);on Shadwell;the Primacy Of Dullness;shadwell;he Crowns Shadwell As Supreme Of Dullards;macflecknoe
Subject(s): Flecknoe, Richard (1600-1678); Shadwell, Thomas (1642-1692)


MARRIAGE A LA MODE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why should a foolish marriage vow
Last Line: Twas pleasure first made in an oath.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MARRIAGE A-LA-MODE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If I have pleasures for a friend
Last Line: When neither can hinder the other.
Subject(s): Jealousy; Love; Pain; Singing & Singers; Suffering; Misery; Songs


MARRIAGE A-LA-MODE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Whilst alexis lay prest
Last Line: The nymph dy'd more quick, and the shepherd more slow.
Subject(s): Jealousy; Love; Pain; Singing & Singers; Suffering; Misery; Songs


MARRIAGE-A-LA-MODE: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus have my spouse and I informed the nation
Last Line: I humbly cast myself upon the city.
Subject(s): Marriage; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Theater & Theaters; Women; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Dramatists; Stage Life


MARRIAGE-A-LA-MODE: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, how reformed and quiet we are grown
Last Line: T' oblige the town, the city, and the court.
Subject(s): Marriage; Plays & Playwrights ; War; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Dramatists


OEDIPUS: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What sophocles could undertake alone
Last Line: To please you more, but burning of a pope.
Subject(s): Greece; Oedipus; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Sophocles (496-406 B.c.); Greeks; Dramatists


OEDIPUS: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When athens all the grecian state did guide
Last Line: The first play bury'd since the wollen act.
Subject(s): Greece; Oedipus; Plays & Playwrights ; Greeks; Dramatists


OEDIPUS: SONG TO APOLLO, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Phoebus, god belov'd by men
Last Line: Tho' he burst with the weight of the terrible god.
Subject(s): Apollo; Goddesses & Gods; Morning; Mythology; Mythology - Classical; Prophecy & Prophets; Singing & Singers; Songs


ON MRS. MARGARET PASTON, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So fair, so young, so innocent, so sweet
Last Line: Now she is gone, the world is of a piece.
Variant Title(s): Epitaph On Mrs. Margaret Paston, Of Barningham, In Norfolk
Subject(s): Beauty; Death; Youth; Dead, The


ON SIR PALMES FAIRBORNE'S TOMB, IN WESTERMINSTER ABBEY, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye sacred relics, which your marble keep
Last Line: His pious widow consecrates this tomb.
Subject(s): Death; Epitaphs; Fairborne, Sir Palmes (1634-1680); Graves; Westminster Abbey; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


ON THE DEATH OF A VERY YOUNG GENTLEMAN, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He who could view the book of destiny
Last Line: Imagine all in one, and think that one is he.
Subject(s): Death; Life; Love; Soul; Youth; Dead, The


ON THE DEATH OF AMYNTAS; A PASTORAL ELEGY, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas on a joyless and a gloomy morn
Last Line: For like amyntas none is left below.
Subject(s): Death; Life; Mourning; Dead, The; Bereavement


ON THE DEATH OF MR. PURCELL, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mark how the lark and linnet sing
Last Line: Nor know to mend their choice.
Variant Title(s): An Ode On The Death Of Mr Henry Purcell;an Ode, On The Death Of Mr. Henry Purcell, Late Servant To His Majesty
Subject(s): Death; Music & Musicians; Purcell, Henry (1659-1695); Teaching & Teachers; Dead, The; Educators; Professors


ON THE MONUMENT OF A FAIR MAIDEN LADY, WHO DIED AT BATH, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Below this marble monument is laid
Last Line: In sickness patient; and in death resign'd.
Variant Title(s): On The Monument Of Miss Mary Frampton
Subject(s): Death; Frampton, Mary (1676-1698); Monuments; Soul; Dead, The


ON THE MONUMENT OF THE MARQUIS OF WINCHESTER, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He who in impious times untainted stood
Last Line: To earth were meant for ornaments to heav'n.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Death; Monuments; Paulet, John. 5th Marquis Of Winchester; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Pawlett, John; Poulett, John; Powlett, John


POLITICAL PROLOGUE: TO 'THE UNHAPPY FAVORITE,' BY JOHN BANKS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When first the ark was landed on the shore
Last Line: Still to havesuch a king, and this king long.
Variant Title(s): Prologue And Epilogue To The Unhappy Favorite: Prologue Spoken To The
Subject(s): Charles Ii, King Of England (1630-1685); England; Mankind; Peace; English; Human Race


POLITICAL PROLOGUE: TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In those cold regions which no summers cheer
Last Line: And makes us happy by our own free-will.
Variant Title(s): Prologues To The Duke And Duchess Of York: Prologue To His Royal
Subject(s): Charles Ii, King Of England (1630-1685); God; Theater & Theaters; Stage Life


PROLOGUE FOR THE WOMEN, WHEN THEY ACTED AT THE OLD THEATRE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Were none of you, gallants, e'er driven so hard
Last Line: The gaudy house with scenes will serve for cits.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Plays & Playwrights ; Theater & Theaters; Women; Actresses; Dramatists; Stage Life


PROLOGUE SPOKEN AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW HOUSE, 1674, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A plain-built house, after so long a stay
Last Line: Machines and tempests will destroy the new.
Subject(s): Fame; Honor; Plays & Playwrights ; Theater & Theaters; Theatre Royal, London; Reputation; Dramatists; Stage Life


PROLOGUE TO 'THE PRINCESS OF CLEVES', by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ladies! (I hope there's none behind to hear)
Last Line: To trump their diamonds, & they trump our hearts.
Subject(s): Kisses; Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Secrets; Dramatists


PROLOGUE TO KING AND QUEEN, AT THE OPENING OF THEIR THEATRE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Since faction ebbs, and rogues grow out of fashion
Last Line: Whigg poets and whigg sheriffs may hang together.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Theater & Theaters; Dramatists; Stage Life


PROLOGUE TO MISTAKES, OR THE FALSE REPORT, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Gentlemen, we must beg your pardon
Last Line: So much for that; -- and the devil take small beer.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


PROLOGUE TO NAHUM TATE'S 'THE LOYAL GENERAL', by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If yet there be a few that take delight
Last Line: And act your selves the farce of your own age.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Tragedy; Dramatists


PROLOGUE TO THE PROPHETESS, BY BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What nostradame, with all his art, can guess
Last Line: Under a female regency may rise.
Subject(s): Fortune; Nostradamus, Michel De (1503-1566); Politics & Government; Prophecy & Prophets; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


PROLOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1673, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What greece, when learning flourished, only knew
Last Line: But 'tis your suffrage makes authentique wit.
Subject(s): Greece; Oxford University; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers; Greeks; Dramatists


PROLOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1674, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poets, your subjects, have their parts assigned
Last Line: As what should be beyond what is, extends.
Subject(s): Oxford University; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Theater & Theaters; Dramatists; Stage Life


PROLOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1680, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thespis, the first professor of our art
Last Line: But who disturb'd both bishop and a crown.
Variant Title(s): Prologue To Sophonisba;the Prologue At Oxford, 1680
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Oxford University; Poetry & Poets


PROLOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1681 (1), by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The famed italian muse, whose rhymes advance
Last Line: Is forced to turn his satire into praise.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Muses; Oxford University; Praise; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


PROLOGUE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, 1681 (2), by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Discord and plots, which have undone our age
Last Line: Oxford's a place where wit can never sterve.
Subject(s): England; Oxford University; Plays & Playwrights ; English; Dramatists


RELIGIO LAICI; OR, A LAYMAN'S FAITH, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dim as the borrowed beams of moon and stars
Last Line: Tom sternhold's, or tom sha--ll's rhymes will serve.
Variant Title(s): Finite Reason;reason And Revelation;reason And The Soul;religio Laici, Or, A Layman's Faith: A Poem
Subject(s): Anglican Church; Faith; Protestantism; Religion; Translating & Interpreting; Belief; Creed; Theology


ROUNDELAY, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Chloe found amyntas lying
Last Line: Kiss'd him up, and eas'd his pain.
Variant Title(s): Rondelay
Subject(s): Kisses; Love; Tears


SECRET LOVE, OR THE MAIDEN QUEEN: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He who writ this, not without pains and thought
Last Line: Are bankrupt gamesters, for they damn on tick.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dramatists


SIR MARTIN MAR-ALL, OR THE FEIGNED INNOCENCE: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As country vicars, when the sermon's done
Last Line: As he tells all things when the year is past.
Subject(s): Fortune; Plays & Playwrights ; Sermons; Dramatists


SIR MARTIN MARR-ALL, OR THE FEIGNED INNOCENCE: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fools, which each man meets in his dish
Last Line: None welcome those who bring their chear along.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


SIR MARTIN MARR-ALL: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Make ready fair lady to night
Last Line: And leave my old daddy asleep.
Subject(s): Love; Night; Singing & Singers; Stars; Bedtime; Songs


SIR MARTIN MARR-ALL: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Blind love, to this hour
Last Line: And more blest her eyes that first taught me desire.
Subject(s): Love; Night; Singing & Singers; Stars; Bedtime; Songs


SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sylvia the fair, in the bloom of fifteen
Last Line: And sighing and kissing so close.
Subject(s): Kisses; Prayer; Sex; Virginity; Wishes; Vestals


SONG A SCHOLAR AND HIS MISTRESS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Look, look! I see - I see my love appear!
Last Line: [they run out together hand in hand.
Subject(s): Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Sailing & Sailors; Storms; Dramatists; Seamen; Sails


THE ASSIGNATION, OR LOVE IN A NUNNERY: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Some have expected, from our bills to-day
Last Line: And, sure, behind our scenes you'll look for none.
Subject(s): Nuns; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


THE ASSIGNATION, OR LOVE IN A NUNNERY: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Prologues, like bells to churches, toll you in
Last Line: Twas imitating you taught haynes to play.
Subject(s): Bells; Churches; Clergy; Poetry & Poets; Cathedrals; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


THE ASSIGNATION: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Long betwixt love and fear phillis tormented
Last Line: That I'm forsaken.
Subject(s): Fear; Fire; Hearts; Love; Night; Singing & Singers; Bedtime; Songs


THE DUKE OF GUISE: EPILOGUE: 1, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Much time and trouble this poor play has cost
Last Line: With tory wings, but whiggish teeth and claws.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Politics & Government; Dramatists


THE DUKE OF GUISE: EPILOGUE: 2, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Two houses joined, two poets to a play?
Last Line: But grunts, and groans, and ends at last in fumbling.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Politics & Government; Dramatists


THE DUKE OF GUISE: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our play's a parallel; the holy league
Last Line: Pull down the master, and set up the man.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; England; Nations; Plays & Playwrights ; Politics & Government; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; English; Dramatists


THE DUKE OF GUISE: SONG BETWIXT A SHEPHERD AND A SHEPHERDESS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Shepherdess: tell me thirsis, tell your anguish
Last Line: Still the more 'tis melted down.
Subject(s): Love; Nymphs; Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Singing & Singers; Songs


THE FAIR STRANGER; A SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Happy and free, securely blest
Last Line: Yet kill us if you go away.
Subject(s): Beauty; Smiles; Soul; Strangers


THE HIND AND THE PANTHER: PART 1, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A milk-white hind, immortal and unchang'd
Last Line: The lady of the spotted muff began.
Variant Title(s): The Hind And The Panther: A Poem In Three Parts: 1
Subject(s): Anglican Church; Catholics; Religious Discrimination; Roman Catholics; Catholicism; Religious Conflict


THE HIND AND THE PANTHER: PART 2, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dame, said the panther, times are mended well
Last Line: Then couch'd her self securely by her side.
Variant Title(s): The Hind And The Panther: A Poem In Three Parts: 2
Subject(s): Anglican Church; Catholics; James Ii, King Of Scotland (1430-1460); Religious Discrimination; Roman Catholics; Catholicism; Religious Conflict


THE HIND AND THE PANTHER: PART 3, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Much malice mingled with a little wit
Last Line: With glorious visions of her future state.
Variant Title(s): The Hind And The Panther: A Poem In Three Parts: 3
Subject(s): Anglican Church; Catholics; Converts, Catholic; James Ii, King Of Scotland (1430-1460); Religious Discrimination; Stillingfleet, Edward (1635-1699); Roman Catholics; Catholicism; Religious Conflict


THE HUSBAND HIS OWN CUCKOLD: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Like some raw sophister that mounts the pulpit
Last Line: One fool, for million that he left behind.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


THE INDIAN EMPEROR: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To all and singular in this full meeting
Last Line: Wit live by beauty, beauty reign by wit.
Subject(s): Apollo; Beauty; Love; Mythology - Classical


THE INDIAN EMPEROR: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Almighty critics! Whom our indians here
Last Line: And leave the rest upon the poet's hands.
Subject(s): Judges; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


THE INDIAN EMPEROR: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah fading joy, how quickly art thou past!
Last Line: To gentle slumbers call.
Subject(s): Books; Fate; Peace; Singing & Singers; Reading; Destiny; Songs


THE INDIAN EMPEROR: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah fading joy, how quickly art thou past!
Last Line: To gentle slumbers call.
Subject(s): Books; Fate; Peace; Singing & Singers; Reading; Destiny; Songs


THE INDIAN QUEEN: HYMN TO THE SUN, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You to whom victory we owe
Last Line: And by their loss of pow'r declare your own.
Subject(s): Altars; Blood; Sacrifices; Sun


THE INDIAN QUEEN: SONG OF AERIAL SPIRITS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poor mortals that are clog'd with earth below
Last Line: They slide to us and air.
Subject(s): Bodies; Earth; Goddesses & Gods; Love; Mythology; Singing & Singers; Spiritual Life; World; Songs


THE KIND KEEPER, OR LIMBERHAM: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I beg a boon, that, ere you all disband
Last Line: A smithfield horse, and wife of coveni-garden.


THE KIND KEEPER, OR LIMBERHAM: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: True wit has seen its best days long ago
Last Line: That not one locust may be left behind!
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Critics & Criticism; Plays & Playwrights ; Actresses; Dramatists


THE KIND KEEPER, OR LIMBERHAM: SONG FROM THE ITALIAN, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: By a dismal cypress lying
Last Line: But cruel she I lov'd in vain.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Nymphs; Singing & Singers; Dead, The; Songs


THE LOVER'S MESSAGE; SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Go, tell amynta, gentle swain
Last Line: Attends but death to close his eyes.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Soul; Voices; Dead, The


THE MAIDEN QUEEN: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I feed a flame within which so torments me
Last Line: Nor can I fall more low, mounting no higher.
Variant Title(s): Hidden Flame;song From Secret Love
Subject(s): Desire; Love


THE MAN OF MODE, OR SIR FOPLING FLUTTER: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Most modern wits such monstrous fools have shown
Last Line: For no one fool is hunted from the herd.
Subject(s): Etherege, Sir George (1635-1692); Fools; Idiots


THE MEDAL; A SATIRE AGAINST SEDITION, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of all our antic sights and pageantry
Last Line: Et dici potuisse, et non potuisse refelli.
Variant Title(s): The Medal: A Satire Against Sedition
Subject(s): Cooper, Anthony (1621-1683); Shaftesbury, 1st Earl Of


THE PORTRAIT OF MILTON, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Three poets, in three distant ages born
Last Line: To make a third, she joined the former two.
Variant Title(s): Epigram On Milton;lines Written [printed] Under The Portrait;on Milton;under Milton's Picture;under The Portrait Of John Milton;lines Printed Under The Engraved Portrait Of Milton;lines On Milton
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674)


THE RIVAL LADIES: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis much desired, you judges of the town
Last Line: All that want wit, or hope to find it here.
Subject(s): Judges; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


THE SECULAR MASQUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: An hundred times the rowling sun
Last Line: Dance of huntsmen, nymphs, warriours, and lovers.
Subject(s): Earth; Goddesses & Gods; Mankind; Mythology; Mythology - Classical; Plays & Playwrights ; War; World; Human Race; Dramatists


THE SPANISH FRIAR, OR THE DOUBLE DISCOVERY: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now, luck for us, and a kind hearty pit
Last Line: By way of thanks, we'll send 'em o'er our plot.
Subject(s): Catholics; Plays & Playwrights ; Sailing & Sailors; Spain; Roman Catholics; Catholicism; Dramatists; Seamen; Sails


THE SPANISH FRIAR: 1-3. LOVE'S DESPAIR, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Farewell ungratefull traitor
Last Line: When living is a pain.
Subject(s): Friars; Love; Love - Nature Of


THE TEARS OF AMYNTA FOR THE DEATH OF DAMON; A SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On a bank, beside a willow
Last Line: Love and damon are no more.
Subject(s): Death; Kisses; Love - Loss Of; Singing & Singers; Tears; Dead, The; Songs


THE TEMPEST: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Gallants, by all good signs it does appear
Last Line: And you'll be troubled with 'em all agen.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Ghosts; Poetry & Poets; Supernatural; Actresses


THE TEMPEST: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As, when a tree's cut down, the secret root
Last Line: To find her woman, it must be abed.
Variant Title(s): The Tempest: Prologue, Or The Enchanted Island
Subject(s): Dramatists; Fletcher, John (1579-1625); Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


THE TRUE WIDOW: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Heav'n save ye gallants, and this hopeful age
Last Line: Who needs will father what the parish got.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Shadwell, Thomas (1642-1692); Theater & Theaters; Widows & Widowers; Dramatists; Stage Life


THE WILD GALLANT, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is it not strange to hear a poet say
Last Line: Now spare him, drown him when he comes again.
Subject(s): England; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; English; Dramatists


THE WILD GALLANT, REVIVED: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of all dramatic writing, comic wit
Last Line: In hope it may their staple trade advance.
Subject(s): Comedy; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers; Dramatists


THE WILD GALLANT, REVIVED: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As some raw squire, by tender mother bred
Last Line: For ought I know, he may turn taile for ever.
Subject(s): Life; Love; Sin


THRENODIA AUGUSTALIS: A FUNERAL PINDARIC ODE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus long my grief has kept me dumb
Last Line: The fasces of the main.
Subject(s): Charles Ii, King Of England (1630-1685); Death; Physicians; Dead, The; Doctors


TO HIS SACRED MAJESTY; A PANEGYRIC ON HIS CORNONATION, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In that wild deluge where the world was drowned
Last Line: With their own peace their childrens happinesse.
Variant Title(s): To His Sacred Majesty Charles The Second;to His Sacred Majesty, A Panegyric On His Coronation
Subject(s): Charles Ii, King Of England (1630-1685); Courts & Courtiers; England; Praise; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; English


TO JOHN DRYDEN, ESQ.; POET LAUREATE AND HISTOGRAPHER ROYAL, by PHILIP AYRES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My muse, when heated with poetic flame
Last Line: Each line does beauty, grace, and wit display.
Subject(s): Dryden, John (1631-1700)


TO JOHN HODDESDON, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou hast inspired me with thy soul, and I
Last Line: Will onely serve to be a foil to his.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Poetry & Poets; Soul; Inspiration; Creativity


TO MR. CONGREVE , ON 'THE OLD BACHELOR', by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When virtue in pursuit of fame appears
Last Line: But my best praise is, that I am your friend.
Subject(s): Congreve, William (1670-1729); Friendship


TO MR. GRANVILLE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Auspicious poet, wert thou not my friend
Last Line: Thou copiest homer, and they copy thee.
Variant Title(s): To Mr. Granville, Afterwards Lord Lansdowne
Subject(s): Granville, George. Lord Lansdowne; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Tragedy; Youth; Dramatists


TO MR. MOTTEUX, ON HIS TRAGEDY CALLED BEAUTY IN DISTRESS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis hard, my friend,to write in such an age
Last Line: So great a poet and so good a friend.
Variant Title(s): To Peter Antony Motteux
Subject(s): Friendship; Motteux, Peter Anthony (1660-1718); Plays & Playwrights ; Tragedy; Writing & Writers; Dramatists


TO MR. SOUTHERN, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sure there's a fate in plays, and 'tis in vain
Last Line: And the next age will learn to copy thine.
Subject(s): Comedy; Plays & Playwrights ; Southerne, Thomas (1660-1746); Writing & Writers; Dramatists; Southern, Thomas


TO MY DEAR FRIEND, MR. CONGREVE, ON HIS COMEDY, 'THE DOUBLE-DEALER', by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Well then, the promised hour is come at last
Last Line: You merit more; nor cou'd my love do less.
Variant Title(s): To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve On His Comedy Called The Double-dealer
Subject(s): Comedy; Congreve, William (1670-1729); Friendship; Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Dramatists


TO MY HONORED FRIEND SIR ROBERT HOWARD, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As there is music uninform'd by art
Last Line: "it shares at once his fortune and its own."
Subject(s): Friendship; Howard, Sir Robert (1626-1698); Poetry & Poets; Praise


TO MY HONOURED FRIEND DR. CHARLETON, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: The longest tyranny that ever swayed
Last Line: But, he restor'd, 't is now become a throne.
Variant Title(s): To My Honoured Friend, Dr. Charleton, On His Learned And Useful Works
Subject(s): Archeology; Boyle, Robert (1627-1691); Harvey, William (1578-1657); Science; Stonehenge; Scientists


TO SIR GODFREY KNELLER, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once I beheld the fairest of her kind
Last Line: And give more beauties, than he takes away.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Kneller, Sir Godfrey (1649-1723); Nature; Paintings & Painters; Speech Disorders; Voices; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Kniller, Gottfried; Stuttering; Muteness


TO THE DUCHESS OF ORMOND, WITH THE POEM 'PALAMON AND ARCITE', by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Madam, / the bard who first adorned our native tongue
Last Line: And wear the garter of his mother's race.
Variant Title(s): Fables Ancient And Modern: To Her Grace The Duchess Of Ormonde
Subject(s): Beauty; Chaucer, Geoffrey (1342-1400); Fables; Somerset, Mary. Duchess Of Ormond; Thebes, Greece; Allegories


TO THE LADY CASTLEMAIN, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As seamen, shipwrecked on some happy shore
Last Line: New life to my condemn'd and dying muse.
Variant Title(s): To The Lady Castlemain - Afterwards Duchess Of Cleveland
Subject(s): Beauty; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Sailing & Sailors; Villiers, Barbara. Duchess Of Cleveland; Women; Seamen; Sails


TO THE LORD CHANCELLOR EDWARD HYDE, EARL OF CLARENDON, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While flattering crowds officiously appear
Last Line: Because the centre of it is above.
Subject(s): Holidays; Hyde, Edward. 1st Earl Of Clarendon; Nations; Nature; New Year; Politics & Government; War


TO THE MEMORY OF MR. OLDHAM, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Farewell, too little and too lately known
Last Line: But fate and gloomy night encompass thee around.
Variant Title(s): Elegy On The Death Of Mr. Oldham
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Oldham, John (1653-1683); Dead, The; Bereavement


TO THE PIOUS MEMORY OF THE YOUNG LADY MRS. ANNE KILLIGREW, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou youngest virgin-daughter of the skies
Last Line: The way which thou so well hast learn'd below.
Variant Title(s): Ode To The Pious Memory Of Mrs. Anne Killigrew;to The Pious Memory Of The Accomplished Young Lady Mrs Anne Killigrew
Subject(s): Killigrew, Anne (1660-1685); Paintings & Painters; Poetry & Poets


TROILUS AND CRESSIDA: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: These cruel critics put me into passion
Last Line: By suffering for the plot, without confessing.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists


TROILUS AND CRESSIDA: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Can life be a blessing
Last Line: When we hope, when we hope to be happy again.
Subject(s): Life; Love; Night; Singing & Singers; Bedtime; Songs


TYRANNICK [TYRANNIC] LOVE: EPILOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hold! Are you mad? You damned, confounded dog!
Last Line: Yet dy'd a princess, acting in s.Cathar'n.
Subject(s): Ghosts; Gwynn, Eleanor (Nell) (1650-1687); Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Supernatural; Gwyn, Eleanor (Nell); Gwynne, Eleanor (Nell); Dramatists


TYRANNICK [TYRANNIC] LOVE: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Self-love, which, never rightly understood
Last Line: Find but those faults, which they want wit to make.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Self-righteousness; Dramatists


TYRANNICK [TYRANNIC] LOVE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah how sweet it is to love
Last Line: Tis but rain, and runs not clear.
Subject(s): Dreams; Love; Sleep; Virginity; Nightmares; Vestals


TYRANNICK [TYRANNIC] LOVE: SONG, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah how sweet it is to love
Last Line: Tis but rain, and runs not clear.
Subject(s): Dreams; Love; Sleep; Virginity; Nightmares; Vestals


UPON THE DEATH OF THE LORD HASTINGS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Must noble hastings immaturely die
Last Line: Monument is his spouses marble brest.
Subject(s): Death; Epitaphs; Friendship; Life; Soul; Dead, The


UPON YOUNG MASTER ROGERS, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of gentle blood, his parents only treasure
Last Line: He leap'd o'er age, and took the shortest way.
Subject(s): Death - Children; Grief; Death - Babies; Sorrow; Sadness


URANIA: THE DIVINE MUSE, ON THE DEATH OF JOHN DRYDEN, ESQ., by SARAH PIERS    Poem Text            
First Line: When through the universe with horrour spread
Last Line: Nor find that dryden's dead, while garth does live.
Subject(s): Death; Dryden, John (1631-1700); Muses; Tears; Dead, The


VERSES TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF YORK, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Madam, when for our sakes your hero you resigned
Last Line: And round him the pleas'd audience clap their wings.
Subject(s): Great Britain - Dutch War (1664-1667); Hyde, Anne. Duchess Of York (1637-1671); James Ii, King Of Scotland (1430-1460)