1824–1871

Introduction

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 4, 1824, Mount Heal­thy, Ohio.

Died: Ju­ly 31, 1871, New­port, Rhode Is­land.

Buried: Her bo­dy was re­turned from All Souls for bu­ri­al in Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brooklyn, New York, next to her sis­ter.

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Biography

Cary and her sis­ter Al­ice wrote po­et­ry that ap­peared in nu­mer­ous news­pa­pers and ma­ga­zines. They moved to New York in 1852.

Publications

A po­em Phoe­be wrote on the death of a loved one:

Poem

Answered

I thought to find some healing clime
For her I loved; she found that shore,
That city, whose inhabitants
Are sick and sorrowful no more.

I asked for human love for her;
The Loving knew how best to still
The infinite yearning of a heart
Which but infinity could fill.

Such sweet communion had been ours,
I prayed that it might never end;
My prayer is more answered; now
I have an angel for my friend.

I wished for perfect peace, to soothe
The troubled anguish of her breast;
And numbered with the loved and called,
She entered on untroubled rest.

Life was so fair a thing to her,
I wept and pleaded for its stay;
My wish was granted me, for lo!
She hath eternal life to-day.

Phoebe Cary (1824–1871)

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