1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Herman Merivale

Francis Hodgson, "Lines, Nov. 1844" in Anna Wilhelmina Merivale, Family Memorials (1884) 368-69.



Thy pictured form, dear friend, recalls the thought
Of many a cheerful, many a pensive day,
And treasured scenes to wakening memory brought,
And the long track of Life's mysterious way.

Throned in that ample brow was Reason's power,
Thy stores of knowledge ready to employ;
While o'er the fancies of thy lighter hour
Shone the glad freedom of a guileless boy.

Ah! what shall now restore the friendly talk,
The brightening joy of those ingenuous eyes,
When, as we roamed along our rural walk,
Earth, air and light to us "were paradise"?

But holier far the well-remembered theme,
When first we mused on that Redeeming Love,
And mix'd with sacred Truth our youthful dream
Oh! may it bless — and join — us, there above!