Henry Livingston, Jr.
1791 New-York Magazine; or Literary Repository

Anonymous publication of poem from Henry's Manuscript Book

Van Deusen-Kosinski Collection

New-York Magazine; or, Literary Repository
February, 1791, p.113-4


'Twas summer, when softly the breezes were blowing,
And Hudson majestic so sweetly was flowing;
The groves rang with music & accents of pleasure,
And nature in rapture beat time to the measure:

When Strephon and Phillis (Helen and Jonas), so true and so loving,
Along the green lawn were seen arm in arm moving;
Sweet daffodils, violets, and roses spontaneous,
Wherever they wandered sprang up instantaneous.

The ascent the lovers at length were seen climbing,
Whose summit is grac'd by the temple of Hymen:
The Genius presiding, no sooner perceived them,
But spreading his pinions, he flew to receive them;
With kindest of greetings pronounced them wellcome,
While holliday's clangour rang loud to the welkin.

The poem appears in Henry's poetry manuscript book for the wedding of his sister Helen and her husband, Jonas Platt.

Jonas was a politician, and a mentor to Henry's son-in-law, Arthur Breese.


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