1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

George Milner, "To the Memory of the late Henry Kirke White" Imperial Magazine 3 (October 1821) 906.



Pure Spirit! thou art now from trouble free,
The things which clouded thy young hemisphere,
The prospects thou did'st raise, however dear,
Have past into one gulph — Eternity.
It is — it was — it will for ever be;
The friendless sorrow, and there falls no tear;
They sigh, but sigh in vain, for none will hear;
To them, the world is as the mighty sea—
A troubled waste: — But thou, pure Spirit, art
Remov'd from earthly selfishness and woe,
And now in songs immortal hast a part;
Receiving from that fount, whence blessings flow,
More than this earth had ever to impart,
And nobler gifts than mortals could bestow.
G. M.
Bridge-street, Derby.