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Poem by Richard Hovey


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 twoi' the damp earth-mouldabove 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 oldand all for what?
To fill a gap in a genealogy.



Richard Hovey


Richard Hovey's other poems:
  1. Earth's Lyric
  2. Squab Flights
  3. College Days
  4. The Old Pine
  5. In Memoriam (A. H. Quint)


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold To a Friend ("Who prop, thou ask'st in these bad days, my mind?")
  • Anna Barbauld To a Friend ("May never more of pensive melancholy")
  • William Bowles To a Friend ("Go, then, and join the murmuring city's throng!")
  • William Shenstone To a Friend ("Have you ne'er seen, my gentle Squire!")
  • Joseph Drake To a Friend ("Yes, faint was my applause and cold my praise")
  • James Fields To a Friend ("Go, with a manly heart")
  • Amy Lowell To a Friend ("I ask but one thing of you, only one")
  • James Lowell To a Friend ("One strip of bark may feed the broken tree")
  • John Pierpont To a Friend ("Friend of my dark and solitary hour")

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