The Poems of John Dryden
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.

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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