1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Concanen

Thomas Cooke, "To the Memory of Matthew Concanen, esq" (1749); Joseph Mawbey, "Anecdotes of Cooke" Gentleman's Magazine 62 (January 1792) 27-28.



Friendship began in unexperienc'd youth,
In honour founded, and secur'd by truth,
In distant climes, and various fortunes try'd,
Not death, the grand destroyer, can divide;
True to thy 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 judgement clear enrich'd your mind:
In you to full perfection met the pow'rs,
Which sweeten and adorn the social hours;
In fancy's flow'ry 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.