Matthew Prior

(21 or 23 July 1664 - 18 September 1721)
Matthew Prior (1664-1721)

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Matthew Prior (1664-1721)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. A Pindarique on His Majesties birth-day by Mr. Prior ; sung before Their Majesties at Whitehall, the fourth of November 1690. [London]: Printed for John Amery ..., 1690. 1 sheet (2 p.) (ESTC R21116; OTA A55911)
  • Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. An ode in imitation of the second ode of the third book of Horace by Mr. Prior. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson ..., 1692. 12 p. (ESTC R8273; OTA A55910)
  • Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. For the New Year, to the sun intended to be sung before Their Majesties on New-Years Day, 1693/4 / written by Mr. Prior at the Hague. London: Printed for J. Tonson ..., 1694. 4 p. (ESTC R21857; OTA A55906)
  • Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. To the King, an ode on His Majesty's arrival in Holland, 1695 by Mr. Prior. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson ..., 1695. 11 p. (ESTC R21182; OTA A55912)
  • Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. Verses humbly presented to the King at his arrival in Holland after the discovery of the late horrid conspiracy against His most Sacred Person / by Mr. Prior. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson ..., 1696. [6] p. (ESTC R21156; OTA A55913)
  • Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)


ODNB 22814; DMI 2057


  • Smith, Margaret M. Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Vol. III, 1700-1800 . London: Mansell, 1986-1997. Pt. 3 Pope-Steele. 79-166. Print. 4 volumes.


  • Wright, H. Bunker, and Monroe K. Spears, eds. The Literary Works of Matthew Prior. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971 [1st ed. 1959]. Print. 2 volumes.


  • Eves, Charles Kenneth. Matthew Prior, Poet and Diplomatist. New York: Columbia University Press, 1939. Print.
  • Rippy, Frances Mayhew. Matthew Prior. Boston: Twayne, 1986. Print.

Reference works


  • Brunström, Conrad. 'In prose and business lies extinct and lost': Matthew Prior and the poetry of diplomacy. Digital Defoe: studies in Defoe & his contemporaries 6(1) (2014): 36-52. Web. 16 Jul. 2018.
  • Gildenhuys, Faith. Convention and Consciousness in Prior's Love Lyrics. Studies in English Literature 35 (1995): 437-455. Print.
  • Orr, Lee A. The Zeal of the Patriot: Matthew Prior as Panegyrist. Unpub. doct. diss. University of Virginia, 1971. Print. [Dissertation Abstracts: Section A. Humanities and Social Science Ann Arbor, MI, (32:), 1972, 4627A(Va.)]
  • Sitter, John. About Wit: Locke, Addison, Prior, and the Order of Things. Canfield, J. Douglas, and J. Paul Hunter, eds. Rhetorics of Order/Ordering Rhetorics in English Neoclassical Literature. Newark, NJ: University of Delaware Press, 1989. 137-157. Print.