TO THE MEMORY OF MR. OLDHAM
by: John Dryden
POEMS BY JOHN DRYDEN
- AREWELL, too little, and too lately
- Whom I began to think and call my own:
- For sure our souls were near allied, and thine
- Cast in the same poetic mold with mine.
- One common note on either lyre did strike,
- And knaves and fools we both abhorr'd alike.
- To the same goal did both our studies drive;
- The last set out the soonest did arrive.
- Thus Nisus fell upon the slippery place,
- While his young friend perform'd and won the race.
- O early ripe! to thy abundant store
- What could advancing age have added more?
- It might (what nature never gives the young)
- Have taught the numbers of thy native tongue.
- But satire needs not those, and wit will shine
- Thro' the harsh cadence of a rugged line:
- A noble error, and but seldom made,
- When poets are by too much force betray'd.
- Thy generous fruits, tho' gather'd ere their prime,
- Still shew'd a quickness; and maturing time
- But mellows what we write to the dull sweets of rhyme.
- Once more, hail and farewell; farewell, thou young,
- But ah too short, Marcellus of our tongue;
- Thy brows with ivy, and with laurels bound;
- but fate and gloomy night encompass thee around.
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