John Dryden (19 agosto 1631 – 12 maggio 1700) è l’autore del libretto dell’Ode a Santa Cecilia messa in musica da G. F. Handel

As from the power of sacred lays
The spheres began to move,
And sung the great Creator’s praise
To all the blest above;
So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And music shall untune the sky.

Dryden – Handel