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Philip Freneau - On The Death Of Dr. Benjamin Franklin

Thus, some tall tree that long hath stood 
The glory of its native wood, 
By storms destroyed, or length of years, 
Demands the tribute of our tears. 

The pile, that took long time to raise, 
To dust returns by slow decays: 
But, when its destined years are o'er, 
We must regret the loss the more. 

So long accustomed to your aid, 
The world laments your exit made; 
So long befriended by your art, 
Philosopher, 'tis hard to part!-- 

When monarchs tumble to the ground, 
Successors easily are found: 
But, matchless FRANKLIN! what a few 
Can hope to rival such as YOU, 
Who seized from kings their sceptered pride, 
And turned the lightning darts aside.

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Poet: Philip Freneau
Poem: On The Death Of Dr. Benjamin Franklin
Poem of the Day: Nov 3 2006

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Comment 3 of 5, added on June 19th, 2008 at 12:22 PM.

Benjamin Franklin is like a tree that Americans always find refuge in times of conflicts. The poem is sad because it compares Benj to a dying tree that has withstood all phenomena. Great men are hard to find a successor. Most of the time the great ones die earlier than evil men.

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