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The Poetical Works of John Dryden - Volume 1

John Dryden

Book Overview: 

The first of two volumes of collected poetry by this revered and highly influential English restoration poet and playwright. The poems, many quite long and elaborate, reflect the poet's role in contemporary society, as political and religious commentator (religion, politics and royalty being closely associated at the period). The works include panegyrics to prominent and regal personages, extended allegories (as in "The Hind and the Panther"), and a few biting satires including a lampooning of a fellow playwright in "Mac Flecknoe". "Annus Mirabilis" is a sort of historical roundup.

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. . . foe invade,
       And weak assistance will his friends destroy.

  41 Offended that we fought without his leave,
       He takes this time his secret hate to show:
     Which Charles does with a mind so calm receive,
       As one that neither seeks nor shuns his foe.

  42 With France, to aid the Dutch, the Danes unite:
       France as their tyrant, Denmark as their slave,
     But when with one three nations join to fight,
       They silently confess that one more brave.

  43 Lewis had chased the English from his shore;
       But Charles the French as subjects d. . . Read More