John Kenyon

(1784-1856 / Jamaica)

Memento Vivere - Poem by John Kenyon

When life was young, in pensive guise
I made it a fantastic glory,
To pause and sentimentalize
O'er every sad 'Memento Mori.'
Dear fourscore friend! in their dull place
How gladlier now I turn to thee,
With all thy cheery wit and grace,
Thou bright 'Memento Vivere.'

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010



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