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I think that I’ve now lost a dear friend
Who’s now past the point where he can mend.
They took him away
All feeble and gray
For young folks to care for till the end.

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photo by Michal Zacharzewski at https://www.rgbstock.com/photo/n3hzesC/Old+man

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© Dennis Allen Lange, 2020.

 

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……………….To Kosciusko 

Good Kosciusko, thy great name alone
Is a full harvest whence to reap high feeling:
It comes upon us like the glorious pealing
Of the wide spheres-an everlasting tone.
And now it tells me, that in the worlds unknown,
The names of heroes, burst from clouds concealing,
And changed to harmonies, for ever stealing
Through cloudless blue, and round each silver throne.
It tells me too, that on a happy day,
When some good spirit walks upon the earth,
Thy name with Alfred’s, and the great of yore
Gently commingling, gives tremendous birth
To a loud hymn, that sounds far, far away
To where the great God lives for evermore.

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Tadeusz Kosciusko, hero in the Polish rebellion:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadeusz_Ko%C5%9Bciuszko

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a sonnet by the same title that was published Dec.16, 1794.  It can be seen here:

https://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/to-kosciusko-by-samuel-taylor-coleridge/

Hunt’s sonnet was published in November of 1815. It can be seen here:

https://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/to-kosciusko-by-leigh-hunt/

John Keats’ sonnet was published in December, 1816.

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