1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

Anonymous, in "Genius. Pronounced before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at their last Anniversary" General Repository and Review [Cambridge MA] 4 (October 1813) 384.



O need I now that pensive youth to name,
Whom toil and sorrow gave a mournful fame?
Like the dim form by Virgil's hero seen,
Mark what he is — and what he might have been.
Not in the grave, thou noble, gentle shade!
While virtue lives, thy memory shall be laid.
Congenial souls shall to thy tomb repair,
And kindred Genius chant thy requiem there.
A fade glory, WHITE, was thine to attain;
To cherish vain desires — and find them vain;
To bend beneath the weight that few could bear,
And taste the raptures fewer still could share.
Short was thy path and rugged — to our eyes;
But faith beholds it brightening to the skies.