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TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE CAPTAIN T. H. ABBOTT.
* This officer was imprisoned for money laid out on account of Government, when he commanded in Florida. About an hour before his death an express arrived with the news of his having succeeded to 800l. per annum.

RESPECTFULLY ADDRESSED TO THE OFFICERS OF THE ARTILLERY.

1 From dreary scenes low prostrate on the ground,
2 Where anguish rages with a gloom profound;
3 Where poverty in ev'ry form appears,
4 To chill a wretched prisoner with fears,
5 A spirit fled; the brave, undaunted mind
6 Smil'd at despair, and left its load behind;
7 Oh! Henry, must thou undistinguish'd lie,
8 Sunk, unremember'd all thy virtues die;
9 And will no friend whom all those virtues made,
10 Pay a just tribute to thy parting shade?
11 Yes, I'm that friend; accept the pitying tear,
12 The kindest offering of an heart sincere;
13 Oh! take it then from her you once approv'd,
14 The friend you honour'd, and the maid you lov'd;
15 Benignant shade! Oh! yet one glance bestow,
16 I'll guard thy memory, and indulge my woe;
17 How hard thy fate! from peace, from pleasure torn,
18 Doom'd to imprisonment, in want to mourn;
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19 On the damp earth expos'd, thy gallant breast
20 With sickness, anguish, pining care opprest;
21 Too proud for pity, conscious of the past,
22 Forgot, unheeded even to the last,
23 Thou found'st no friend to close thy dying eye,
24 To anxious watch the unrepeated sigh;
25 No gentle hand thy later wants reliev'd,
26 Nor cordial drop thy closing lips receiv'd
27 But lost, neglected, unrewarded died,
28 A man in whom the virtues did reside:
29 Ye brave companions of his happier days,
30 Oh! aid my feeble voice to speak his praise;
31 He once was leader of a chosen band,
32 And carried conquest thro' a foreign land;
33 Lov'd by his equals, to his soldiers dear,
34 To each forgiving, to himself severe
35 His mild compassion chear'd the wretch's fate,
36 But unregarded was his suffering fate,
37 Till death, more kind than country, friends, or king,
38 Shelter'd his sorrows with his fable wing:
39 Pardon, ye brave! long, long did ye protect
40 That injur'd worth his country did neglect;
41 Then join with me the kind embalming tear,
42 For Henry's fate deserves a pang sincere;
43 And may thy rest be sweet, thou good and brave!
44 Bright honor rear her standard o'er thy grave;
45 And though no marble may adorn the spot,
46 A name so honor'd cannot be forgot;
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47 Dear to the soldier, by the good approv'd,
48 Sacred to friends, and by relations lov'd.
49 And Oh! blest spirit! gracious and benign,
50 O'er all my ways Oh! let thy influence shine:
51 Pure, unimpassion'd now thy care extend,
52 And be my guardian, comforter, and friend:
53 Direct the good, the shafts of ill repel,
54 Till I shall bid each earthly bliss farewel;
55 Then may thy spirit welcome mine above
56 To the bright regions of seraphic love.

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Title (in Source Edition): TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE CAPTAIN T. H. ABBOTT. RESPECTFULLY ADDRESSED TO THE OFFICERS OF THE ARTILLERY.
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Kelly, Isabella, 1759-1857. Collection of Poems and Fables on Several Occasions. London: W. Richardson, 1794, pp. 19-21. 72p. (ESTC T122123) (Page images digitized from a copy at the British Library.)

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