1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Francis Cary

Thomas Lister, "Sonnet to H. F. Cary" 1788; Gentleman's Magazine 59 (September 1789) 841.



Cary! alas, then are those scenes no more,
Those happy scenes, at close of setting day,
Where we so oft have trac'd the mazy way
With arms entwin'd, when flow'd thy heavenly power
Of converse sweet, to soothe the lonesome hour,
While in our souls pure friendship's genial ray
Shone bright, and drove each gloomy thoughts away,
Which might assail when night's dark shadows lowr?
But yet tho' urg'd by hardest fate we part,
Methinks I hold thee stedfast in my eye;
Oblivion ne'er can blot thee from my heart,
But oft for thee shall heave the pensive sigh;
And still my warmest wishes will I lend,
That peace and fame may wait upon my friend.