1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Parkes

Samuel Jackson Pratt, "Written while viewing a Portrait of Mr. Graves, in possession of Mr. Parkes" Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the XVIII Century (1812-15) 3:756n.



Oft as thy well-known face I see,
My heart is mov'd to sympathy,
It seems to bring again those hours
Enliven'd by thy various powers,
Keen wit, yet void of all offence;
Pure wisdom, clear of all pretence;
Yet, while I gaze, I must deplore,
Thy wit, thy wisdom, are no more!
But sweet to view, though sorrows blend,
Is every image of a Friend!
And, though we mark it with a tear,
Each recollected trait is dear.
Shrewsbury, Sept. 19, 1806.