1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Concanen

Anonymous, "To the Memory of Matthew Concanen, Esq. late Attorney General of Jamaica" 1749 ca.; Censura Literaria 7 (1808) 202.



Friendship began in unexperienced youth,
In honour founded, and secured by truth,
In distant climes and various fortunes try'd,
Not Death, the grand destroyer, can divide;
True to thine honest fame, which long shall live
This last just tribute to thy worth I give.

A humour pleasing, and a wit refin'd,
Knowledge and judgment clear enrich'd your mind;
In you to full perfection met the powers,
Which sweeten, and adorn the social hours;
In Fancy's flowery gardens when you stray'd
If you invok'd the Muse, she gave her aid:
Nor covetous nor negligent of fame,
You've gain'd a fair, deserv'd a lasting name.*

* Howard's Letters, II, 709.