1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

Arthur Owen, "To Mr. Henry Kirke White, on his Poems lately published" Monthly Mirror 16 (October 1803) 272.



Hail! gifted youth, whose passion-breathing lay
Portrays a mind, attun'd to noblest themes,
A mind, which wrapt in fancy's high-wrought dreams,
To nature's veriest bounds in daring way
Can wing: what charms throughout thy pages shine
To win with fairy thrill the melting soul!
For though along impassion'd grandeur roll,
Yet in full power simplicity is thine.
Proceed, sweet bard; and the heaven-granted fire
Of pity, glowing in thy feeling breast,
May nought destroy, may nought thy soul divest
Of joy — of rapture in the living lyre
Thou tun'st so magically; but may fame
Each passing year add honours to thy name.