English poetry

Poems in English

The Progress of Poetry

The Farmer’s Goose, who in the Stubble, Has fed without Restraint, or Trouble; Grown fat with Corn and Sitting still, […]

The Lady’s Dressing Room

Five hours, (and who can do it less in?) By haughty Celia spent in dressing; The goddess from her chamber […]

Elegy Upon Tiger

Her dead lady’s joy and comfort, Who departed this life The last day of March, 1727: To the great joy […]

Oysters

Charming oysters I cry: My masters, come buy, So plump and so fresh, So sweet is their flesh, No Colchester […]

The Place of the Damned

All folks who pretend to religion and grace, Allow there’s a HELL, but dispute of the place: But, if HELL […]

Mrs Frances Haris’s Petition

To their Excellencies the Lords Justices of Ireland, The humble petition of Frances Harris, Who must starve and die a […]

A Satirical Elegy

On the Death of a Late FAMOUS GENERAL His Grace! impossible! what dead! Of old age, too, and in his […]

On Stella’s Birth-Day 1719

Stella this Day is thirty four, (We shan’t dispute a Year or more) However Stella, be not troubled, Although thy […]

The Beasts’ Confession

To the Priest, on Observing how most Men mistake their own Talents When beasts could speak (the learned say, They […]

A Description of the Morning

Now hardly here and there a hackney-coach Appearing, show’d the ruddy morn’s approach. Now Betty from her master’s bed had […]

A Description of a City Shower

Careful Observers may fortel the Hour (By sure Prognosticks) when to dread a Show’r: While Rain depends, the pensive Cat […]

A Maypole

Deprived of root, and branch and rind, Yet flowers I bear of every kind: And such is my prolific power, […]