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Richard Hovey (Ричард Хави)


To a Friend


ALL too grotesque our thoughts are sometimes. Odd,
That there will come a day when you and I
Shall not be you and I! that we shall lie—
We two—i' the damp earth-mould—above each clod
A drunken headstone in the neglected sod—
Thereon the phrase, "Hic Jacet," carved awry,
And then our virtues, Bah! and piety—
Perhaps some cheeky reference to God!
And haply after many a century
Some spectacled old man shall drive the birds
A moment from their song i' the lonely spot
And make a copy of the quaint old words—
They will then be quaint and old—and all for what?
To fill a gap in a genealogy.



Richard Hovey's other poems:
  1. College Days
  2. Accident in Art
  3. Earth's Lyric
  4. At the Crossroads
  5. Lancelot and Gawaine


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Matthew Arnold (Мэтью Арнольд) To a Friend ("Who prop, thou ask'st in these bad days, my mind?")
  • Anna Barbauld (Анна-Летиция Барбо) To A Friend ("May never more of pensive melancholy")
  • William Shenstone (Уильям Шенстон) To A Friend ("Have you ne'er seen, my gentle Squire!")
  • James Fields (Джеймс Филдс) To a Friend ("Go, with a manly heart")
  • John Pierpont (Джон Пирпонт) To a Friend ("Friend of my dark and solitary hour")

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