Matthew Prior

1664 - 1721 / Dorset / England

On The Same Person (Who Wrote Ill, And Spake Worse, Against Me)

While faster than his costive brain indites
Philo's quick hand in flowing letters writes;
His case appears to me like honest Teague's,
When he was run away with by his legs.
Phoebus, give Philo o'er himself command;
Quicken his senses, or restrain his hand;
Let him be kept from paper, pen, and ink;
So he may cease to write, and learn to think.
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