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MATTHEW PRIOR. [matthew Prior was born in 1664 near Wimborne
Minster in Dorsetshire. He was educated at Westminster under Dr.
Busby, and at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took his B.A.
degree in 1686. In the following year he published, in connection
with Charles Montague, afterwards Earl of Halifax, a caricature of
Dryden's Hind and Panther, under the title of The Hind and the
Panther Iransvers'd to the story of the Country Mouse and the City
Mouse. In 1709 be published a volume of poems, and another with
additions in 1718. He died in 1721.] 1 Dan Prior next, belov'd by
every Muse/ So sings Gay in that welcome to Pope after his labours
of the ' Iliad.' And indeed not every Muse, but all the world seem
to have looked kindly on the fortunate young Horatian whom the
noble Dorset had taken from the Rummer tavern to be successively a
Secretary of Embassy, a Secretary of State, a Commissioner of Trade
and Plantations, a Member of Parliament, and, to crown all, an
Ambassador. Among the subscribers to that stately folio of 1718, by
which its author, happy man ! cleared some 4,000, are numbered most
of the illustrious names of the age, from Newton to Beau Nash,?to
say nothing of lively maids of honour like ' the Honble Mrs. Mary
Bellenden,' and bishops like his Right Reverence of Winchester.
Bishops and maids of honour would, we imagine, be somewhat
embarrassed now-a-days by much of the ingenuous verse which the
tall volume contains. But readers under Anna Augusta were either
not squeamish, or they confined themselves to the portentous poem
of Solomon on the Vanity of the World which occupies its latter
pages. When one looks to the general character of Prior's writings
it is hard to understand how he could ever have penned this
egregious didactic work. Yet he not only...
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