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.
Cary and her sister Alice wrote poetry that appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. They moved to New York in 1852.
A poem Phoebe wrote on the death of a loved one:
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)