Treasure Island

Philip Freneau

(1752 - 1832)

On The Death Of Dr. Benjamin Franklin


Thus, some tall tree that long hath stood
The glory of its native wood,
By storms destroyed, or length of years,
Demands the tribute of our tears.

The pile, that took long time to raise,
To dust returns by slow decays:
But, when its destined years are o'er,
We must regret the loss the more.

So long accustomed to your aid,
The world laments your exit made;
So long befriended by your art,
Philosopher, 'tis hard to part!--

When monarchs tumble to the ground,
Successors easily are found:
But, matchless FRANKLIN! what a few
Can hope to rival such as YOU,
Who seized from kings their sceptered pride,
And turned the lightning darts aside.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
1 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: loss, pride, tree, hope, world, death, time

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (On The Death Of Dr. Benjamin Franklin by Philip Freneau )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Retracing Memories, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  2. The Unimpressed Poet, Hebert Logerie
  3. Poetical Life Meanings, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. Mere Words, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. Occasions Of Promise, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. A LITTLE PRAYER, Vinaya Joseph
  7. Even for bluff, hasmukh amathalal
  8. For you - Mother, gajanan mishra
  9. My Morning Glory, Refa Kris
  10. The Beast, Shannon Paterson

Poem of the Day

poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. If, Rudyard Kipling
  3. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. Morning, Paul Laurence Dunbar
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]