ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Mary Astell, "Ode to Friendship" 1730 ca.; Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1893) 1:87.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu:
1730 ca.: Mary Astell
1731: Henry Fielding
1762: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1803: James Dallaway
1806: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1818: John Murray
1820: Isaac D'Israeli
1827: Alexander Dyce
1837: John Wilson Croker
1853: Frederic Rowton
1730 ca.: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Friendship! peculiar gift of Heav'n,
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To Wortley and to angels giv'n,
To all the lower world denied:
While Love, unknown among the blest,
Parent of rage and hot desire,
The human and the savage breast
Inflames alike, with equal fire.
With bright but oft destructive gleam
Alike o'er all his lightnings fly;
Thy lambent glories only beam
Around the fav'rites of the sky.
Thy gentle flow of guiltless joys
On fools and villains ne'er descend:
In vain for thee the monarch sighs
Who hugs a flatt'rer for a friend.
When virtues, kindred virtues meet,
And sister-souls together join,
Thy pleasures, lasting as they're sweet,
Are all transporting, all divine.
Oh! may this flame ne'er cease to glow
Till you to happier seats remove!
What raised your virtue here below,
Shall aid your happiness above.