1824-1871
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September 4, 1824, Mount Healthy, Ohio.

July 31, 1871, Newport, Rhode Island.

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

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Cary and her sister Alice wrote poetry that appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. They moved to New York in 1852. Phoebe’s works include:

One of Phoebe’s poems, written on the death of a loved one:

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.

  1. Go and Sow Beside All Waters
  2. Great Waves of Plenty Rolling Up
  3. I Had Drunk, with Lips Unsated
  4. One Sweetly Solemn Thought