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With ravish’d Ears / The Monarch hears, / Assumes the God, / Affects to nod, / And seems to shake the Spheres.
Alexander’s Feast, ll. 37–41.
The Poems of John Dryden
John Dryden
The Oxford edition of the poet who defined his age includes the groundbreaking translations and songs from his plays.
Bibliographic Record    Introduction

Heroick Stanza’s
Astræa Redux
To His Sacred Majesty, a Panegyrick on His Coronation
To my Lord Chancellor, presented on New-Years-Day, 1662
Annus Mirabilis: The Year of Wonders, 1666
Absalom and Achitophel
The Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel
Key to Both Parts of Absalom and Achitophel
The Medall
Mac Flecknoe
Religio Laici; or a Layman’s Faith
Threnodia Augustalis
The Hind and the Panther
  The First Part
  The Second Part
  The Third Part
Britannia Rediviva: a Poem on the Birth of the Prince
Epistles and Complimentary Addresses
  To John Hoddesdon, on his Divine Epigrams
  To my Honored Friend Sir Robert Howard on his Excellent Poems
  To my Honour’d Friend Dr. Charleton, on his learned and useful Works
  To the Lady Castlemaine, upon Her incouraging his first Play
  To Mr. Lee, on his Alexander
  To the Earl of Roscomon, on his Excellent Essay on Translated Verse
  To my Friend, Mr. Northleigh, Author of The Parallel, on his Triumph of the British Monarchy
  To my Ingenious Friend, Henry Higden, Esq., on his Translation of the Tenth Satyr of Juvenal
  A Letter to Sir George Etherege
  To Mr. Southern, on his Comedy called The Wives Excuse
  To my Dear Friend, Mr. Congreve, on his Comedy called The Double-Dealer
  To Sir Godfrey Kneller, principal Painter to His Majesty
  To Mr. Granville, on his excellent Tragedy, called Heroick Love
  [To Peter Antony Motteux, on his Tragedy, called Beauty in Distress]
  To my honour’d Kinsman, John Driden
Elegies and Epitaphs
  Upon the Death of the Lord Hastings
  On the Monument of the Marquis of Winchester
  Epitaph on Sir Palmes Fairborne’s Tomb, in Westminster Abbey
  To the Memory of Mr. Oldham
  To the Pious Memory of the Accomplisht Young Lady, Mrs. Anne Killigrew, excellent in the two Sister-arts of Poesie and Painting. An Ode
  Upon the Death of the Viscount of Dundee
  Epitaph on the Lady Whitmore
  Eleonora: A Panegyrical Poem: dedicated to the Memory of the late Countess of Abingdon
  On the Death of Mr. Purcell
  The Monument of a Fair Maiden Lady, who dy’d at Bath, and is there interr’d
  On the Death of Amyntas. A Pastoral Elegy
  On the Death of a very Young Gentleman
  Upon Young Mr. Rogers, of Gloucestershire
  On Mrs. Margaret Paston, of Barningham, in Norfolk
  Epitaph on a Nephew in Catworth Church, Huntingdonshire
Songs, Odes, and Lyrical Pieces
  The Tears of Amynta for the Death of Damon
  Song (“Sylvia the fair, in the bloom of Fifteen”)
  A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day, November 22, 1687
  The Lady’s Song
  A Song to a Fair Young Lady going out of Town in the Spring
  Alexander’s Feast; or, The Power of Musique. An Ode in honour of St. Cecilia’s Day: 1697
  A Song (“Go tell Amynta, gentle Swain”)
  The Fair Stranger
  A Song (“Fair, sweet and young, receive a prize”)
  A Song (“High State and Honours to others impart”)
  The Secular Masque
  Song of a Scholar and his Mistress
Prologues and Epilogues
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Wild Gallant
  Prologue to The Rival Ladies
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Indian Emperor
  Prologue to Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Wild Gallant, revived
  Prologue and Epilogue to Sir Martin Mar-all, or the Feigned Innocence
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Tempest
  Prologue to Albumazar
  Prologue and Epilogue to An Evening’s Love, or the Mock Astrologer
  Prologue and Epilogue to Tyrannick Love, or the Royal Martyr
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Conquest of Granada by the Spaniards
  Prologue and Epilogue to the Second Part of The Conquest of Granada by the Spaniards
  Prologue. Spoken on the First Day of the Kings House acting after the Fire
  Prologue to Arviragus and Philicia, revived
  Prologue, for the Women, when they Acted at the Old Theatre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Maiden Queen, or Secret Love, When acted by the Women only
  Prologue and Epilogue to Marriage-à-la-Mode
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Assignation, or Love in a Nunnery
  Prologue and Epilogue to Amboyna, or the Cruelties of the Dutch to the English Merchants
  Prologue and Epilogue to the University of Oxford
  Prologue and Epilogue. Spoken at the opening of the New House, March 26, 1674
  Prologue and Epilogue to the University of Oxford
  Prologue and Epilogue to Aureng-Zebe
  Epilogue to Calisto, or the Chaste Nymph
  Epilogue to The Man of Mode, or Sir Fopling Flutter
  Prologue to Circe
  Earlier version of Prologue to Circe
  Prologue and Epilogue to All for Love, or the World well Lost
  Epilogue to Mithridates, King of Pontus
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Kind Keeper, or Mr. Limberham
  Prologue to The True Widow
  Prologue and Epilogue to Œdipus
  Prologue and Epilogue to Troilus and Cressida, or Truth found Too Late
  Prologue to Cæsar Borgia, Son of Pope Alexander the Sixth
  The Prologue at Oxford, 1680
  Prologue to The Loyal General
  Prologue to The Spanish Fryar, or the Double Discovery
  Epilogue to Tamerlane the Great
  A Prologue (“Gallants, a bashful Poet bids me say”)
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Princess of Cleves
  First Prologue to the University of Oxford
  Second Prologue to the University of Oxford
  Third Prologue to the University of Oxford
  Prologue to The Unhappy Favourite
  Epilogue to The Unhappy Favourite, or the Earl of Essex
  Prologue to his Royal Highness upon his first appearance at the Duke’s Theatre since his Return from Scotland
  Prologue to the Duchess on her Return from Scotland
  Prologue and Epilogues to The Loyal Brother, or the Persian Prince
  Prologue and Epilogue to the King and Queen
  Prologue and Epilogue to The Duke of Guise
  Epilogue to Constantine the Great
  Prologue to Disappointment, or the Mother in Fashion
  Prologue and Epilogue to Albion and Albanius
  Prologue and Epilogue to Don Sebastian
  Prologue to The Prophetess
  Prologue and Epilogue to Amphitryon, or the Two Sosias
  Prologue to Mistakes, or the False Report
  Prologue and Epilogue to King Arthur, or the British Worthy
  Prologue and Epilogue to Cleomenes, the Spartan Heroe
  Epilogue to Henry II, King of England, with the Death of Rosamond
  Prologue and Epilogue to Love Triumphant, or Nature will Prevail
  Epilogue to The Husband his own Cuckold
  Prologue and Epilogue on the Occasion of a Representation for Dryden’s Benefit, March 25, 1700
Fables Ancient and Modern
  To his Grace the Duke of Ormond: Dedication and Preface
  To her Grace the Dutchess of Ormond
    Palamon and Arcite: or the Knight’s Tale. From Chaucer
      Book I
      Book II
      Book III
  The Cock and the Fox, or the Tale of the Nun’s Priest
  The Flower and the Leaf; or, The Lady in the Arbour
  The Wife of Bath her Tale
  The Character of a Good Parson
  Sigismonda and Guiscardo
  Theodore and Honoria
  Cymon and Iphigenia
Translations of Latin Hymns and Minor Miscellanies
  Veni, Creator Spiritus
  Te Deum
  Hymn for the Nativity of St. John Baptist
  Lines in a Letter to his Lady Cousin, Honor Driden
  Lines printed under the engraved portrait of Milton, in Tonson’s folio edition of the Paradise Lost, 1688
  Impromptu Lines addressed to his Cousin, Mrs. Creed
  Fragment of a Character of Jacob Tonson
Songs from the Plays
  Song of Aerial Spirits, from The Indian Queen
  Hymn to the Sun, from The Indian Queen
  I look’d and saw within the Book of Fate,” from The Indian Emperor
  Ah fading joy, how quickly art thou past!,” from The Indian Emperor
  I Feed a Flame within which so torments me,” from The Maiden Queen
  Make ready fair Lady to night,” from Sir Martin Marr-All
  Blind Love, to this hour,” from Sir Martin Marr-All (after Voiture)
  You charm’d me not with that fair face,” from An Evening’s Love
  After the pangs of a desperate Lover,” from An Evening’s Love
  Calm was the Even, and clear was the Sky,” from An Evening’s Love
  Celimena, of my heart,” from An Evening’s Love
  You pleasing Dreams of Love and sweet delight,” from Tyrannick Love
  Ah how sweet it is to love,” from Tyrannick Love
  Wherever I am, and whatever I doe,” from The Conquest of Granada
  Song of the Zambra Dance, from The Conquest of Granada
  How unhappy a Lover am I,” from The Conquest of Granada, Part II
  Why should a foolish Marriage Vow,” from Marriage-à-la-Mode
  Whilst Alexis lay prest,” from Marriage-à-la-Mode
  Long betwixt Love and fear Phillis tormented,” from The Assignation
  Epithalamium, from Amboyna
  Song of the Sea Fight, from Amboyna
  Song from the Italian, from The Kind Keeper
  Song to Apollo, from Œdipus
  Can Life be a Blessing,” from Troilus and Cressida
  Farwell ungratefull Traytor,” from The Spanish Fryar
  Song betwixt a Shepherd and a Shepherdess, from The Duke of Guise
  Celia, that I once was blest,” from Amphitryon
  Fair Iris I love and hourly I dye,” from Amphitryon
  Pastoral Dialogue, from Amphitryon
  Oh Sight, the Mother of Desires,” from King Arthur
  How happy the Lover,” from King Arthur
  Song of Æolus, from King Arthur
  Song of Pan and Nereide, from King Arthur
  Your Hay it is Mow’d, and your Corn is Reap’d,” from King Arthur
  Song of Venus, from King Arthur
  No, no, poor suff’ring Heart, no Change endeavour,” from Cleomenes
  Song of Jealousie, from Love Triumphant
  Song for a Girl, from Love Triumphant
  Preface to Sylvae, or the Second Part of Poetical Miscellanies, 1685
  Amaryllis; or, the Third Idyllium of Theocritus, paraphras’d
  The Epithalamium of Helen and Menelaus, from the Eighteenth Idyllium of Theocritus
  The Despairing Lover, from the Twenty-third Idyllium of Theocritus
  The Beginning of the First Book of Lucretius
  The Beginning of the Second Book of Lucretius
  The Latter Part of the Third Book of Lucretius; against the Fear of Death
  From Book the Fifth of Lucretius
  The Third Ode of the First Book of Horace; inscribed to the Earl of Roscommon, on his intended Voyage to Ireland
  The Ninth Ode of the First Book of Horace
  The Twenty-ninth Ode of the Third Book of Horace; paraphrased in Pindarick Verse, and inscribed to the Right Hon. Laurence, Earl of Rochester
  The Second Epode of Horace
  The First Book of Homer’s Ilias
  The Last Parting of Hector and Andromache. From the Sixth Book of Homer’s Iliads
  The Dedication to Examen Poeticum, 1693
  The First Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  Meleager and Atalanta, out of the Eighth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  Baucis and Philemon, out of the Eighth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  The Fable of Iphis and Ianthe, from the Ninth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  Pygmalion and the Statue, out of the Tenth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  Cinyras and Myrrha, out of the Tenth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  Ceyx and Alcyone, out of the Eleventh Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  Æsacus transformed into a Cormorant. From the Eleventh Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  The Twelfth Book of the Metamorphoses, wholly translated
  The Speeches of Ajax and Ulysses; from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book XIII
  The Fable of Acis, Polyphemus, and Galatea. From the Thirteenth Book of the Metamorphoses
  Of the Pythagorean Philosophy; from the Fifteenth Book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  Preface concerning Ovid’s Epistles
    Ovid’s Epistles
      Canace to Macareus
      Helen to Paris
      Dido to Æneas
  The First Book of Ovid’s Art of Love
    From Ovid’s Amours
      Book I. Eleg. I
      Book I. Eleg. IV
      Book II. Eleg. XIX
    From Juvenal
      The First Satyr
      The Third Satyr
      The Sixth Satyr
      The Tenth Satyr
      The Sixteenth Satyr
    From Aulus Persius Flaccus
      Prologue to the First Satyr
      The First Satyr
      The Second Satyr
      The Third Satyr
      The Fourth Satyr
      The Fifth Satyr
      The Sixth Satyr
Some Peculiar Spellings of Dryden’s

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