John Dryden

[John Henry Dryden] (1631 - 1700 / England)

John Dryden Poems

1. To The Pious Memory Of The Accomplished Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew 1/1/2004
2. Veni, Creator Spiritus 1/1/2004
3. A Prologue 4/12/2010
4. Epitaph On Mrs. Margaret Paston, Of Barningham, In Norfolk 4/12/2010
5. Epitaph On Sir Palmes Fairborne's Tomb In Westminster Abbey 4/12/2010
6. Epitaph On The Monument Of The Marquis Of Winchester 4/12/2010
7. Fragment Of A Character Of Jacob Tonson, His Publisher 4/12/2010
8. Impromptu Lines Addressed To His Cousin, Mrs. Creed, In A Conversation After Dinner On The Origin Of Names 4/12/2010
9. Lines In A Letter To His Lady Cousin, Honor Driden, Who Had Given Him A Silver Inkstand, With A Set Of Writing Materials, 1655 4/12/2010
10. Prologue To Albumazar 4/12/2010
11. Prologue To Caesar Borgia 4/12/2010
12. Prologue To His Royal Highness, Upon His First Appearance At The Duke's Theatre After His Return From Scotland. 4/12/2010
13. Prologue To Sophonisba; Spoken At Oxford, 1680 4/12/2010
14. Prologue To The Princess Of Cleves 4/12/2010
15. Prologue To The Prophetess, By Beaumont And Fletcher. Revived By Dryden. Spoken By Mr. Betterton 4/12/2010
16. Palamon And Arcite; Or, The Knight's Tale. From Chaucer. In Three Books. Book Iii. 4/12/2010
17. Prologue For The Women, When They Acted At The Old Theatre, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields 4/12/2010
18. Prologue For The Women, When They Acted At The Old Theatre, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields 4/12/2010
19. Prologue Spoken At The Opening Of The New House, March 26, 1674 4/12/2010
20. Song Of A Scholar And His Mistress, Who, Being Crossed By Their Friends, Fell Mad For One Another; And Now First Meet In Bedlam 4/12/2010
21. Tarquin And Tullia 4/12/2010
22. Te Deum 4/12/2010
23. To Mr. Granville, On His Excellent Tragedy, Called Heroic Love 4/12/2010
24. To My Friend Mr. Motteux, On His Tragedy Called Beauty In Distress, Published In 1698 4/12/2010
25. To The Lord Chancellor Hyde. Presented On New-Year's Day, 1662 4/12/2010
26. Upon Young Mr. Rogers, Of Gloucestershire 4/12/2010
27. London After The Great Fire, 1666 3/30/2015
28. Verses To Her Royal Highness The Duchess, On The Memorable Victory Gained By The Duke Against The Hollanders, June 3rd, 1665 4/12/2010
29. Upon The Death Of The Viscount Of Dundee 4/12/2010
30. The Hind And The Panther, A Poem In Three Parts : Part Iii. 4/12/2010
31. Threnodia Augustalis: A Funeral Pindaric Poem, Sacred To The Happy Memory Of King Charles Ii. 4/12/2010
32. Epitaph On The Monument Of A Fair Maiden Lady, Who Died At Bath, And Is There Interred 4/12/2010
33. Palamon And Arcite; Or The Knight's Tale. From Chaucer. In Three Books. Book Ii. 4/12/2010
34. Palamon And Arcite; Or, The Knight's Tale. From Chaucer. In Three Books. Book I. 4/12/2010
35. Roundelay 4/12/2010
36. Prologue To The True Widow 4/12/2010
37. Lines Printed Under The Engraved Portrait Of Milton, In Tonson's Folio Edition Of The Paradise Lost, 1688 4/12/2010
38. Hymn For St. John's Eve, 29th June 4/12/2010
39. Epilogue On The Same Occasion (Princess Of Cleves) 4/12/2010
40. A Song. Fair, Sweet And Young, Receive A Prize 4/12/2010
Best Poem of John Dryden

Happy The Man

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.

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Marriage A-La-Mode

Why should a foolish marriage vow,
Which long ago was made,
Oblige us to each other now
When passion is decay'd?
We lov'd, and we lov'd, as long as we could,
Till our love was lov'd out in us both:
But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure is fled:
'Twas pleasure first made it an oath.

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