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Selected Poetry of John Dryden (1631-1700)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Image of John Dryden

Index to poems

Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen,
Fallen from his high estate,
And welt'ring in his blood;
Deserted, at his utmost need
By those his former bounty fed;
On the bare earth expos'd he lies,
With not a friend to close his eyes.
        (Alexander's Feast, 77-83)
  1. Absalom and Achitophel
  2. Absalom and Achitophel: The Second Part (excerpt)
  3. Alexander's Feast
  4. Calm was the even, and clear was the sky
  5. Fair Iris I Love and Hourly I Die
  6. From Troilus and Cressida
  7. The Hind and the Panther: Part I (excerpt)
  8. Mac Flecknoe
  9. Marriage a-la-Mode
  10. Religio Laici (excerpt)
  11. The Secular Masque
  12. A Song for St. Cecilia's Day, 1687
  13. A Song from the Italian from Limberham: or, the Kind Keeper
  14. Song to a Fair Young Lady Going out of Town in the Spring
  15. To my Dear Friend Mr. Congreve on his Comedy Call'd the Double Dealer
  16. To my Honor'd Friend, Dr. Charleton (excerpt)
  17. To the Memory of Mr. Oldham
  18. To the Pious Memory of the Accomplished Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew
  19. Veni, Creator Spiritus
  20. You charm'd me not with that fair face
  21. Your Hay it is Mow'd, and Your Corn is Reaped

Index to prose

  1. Of Dramatic Poesie (1668)


Notes on Life and Works

The texts used are based on Douglas Grant's Reynard Library edition (Hart-Davis, 1952). The specific edition used by Professor Grant is given for each work here. The spelling has been modernized, but not the punctuation. Note that the punctuation is generally rhetorical rather than syntactical.

Biographical information

Given name: John
Family name: Dryden
Birth date: 9 August 1631
Death date: 1 May 1700
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Erasmus Dryden
          mother: Mary Dryden
          wife: Lady Elizabeth Dryden (from 1 December 1663)
          son: Charles Dryden
          son: Erasmus Henry Dryden
          son: John Dryden
Languages
          English
          Latin
          Greek
Education
          Tichmarsh school
          Westminster
          Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A.): 6 July 1650 to 1654
Religions
          Protestant: 1631 to 1687
          Roman Catholic: 1687 to 1700
Honours
          Member of Royal Society: 26 November 1662
          Honorary M.A.: 1668
          Poet Laureate: 1670
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Residences
          Charlton, Wiltshire
          Tichmarsh
          Aldwinkle All Saints, Northamptonshire: 1631
          London: 1654
Cause of death: Gout
Buried at: Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1994-1997