1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

Capel Lofft, "On Henry Kirke White" Monthly Mirror 22 (November 1806) 337.



MASTER so early of the various LYRE
Energic, pure, sublime! — Thus art thou gone?
In its bright dawn of Fame that Spirit flown
Which breath'd such sweetness, tenderness and fire!
Wert thou but shewn to win us to admire
And veil in Death thy Splendor? — But unknown
Their Destination who least time have shone
And brightest beam'd. — When these the ETERNAL SIRE,

II.
—Righteous and wise and good are all his ways —
Eclipses, as their Sun begins to rise;
Can mortal judge, for their diminisht days
What blest Equivalent in changeless skies,
What sacred glory waits them? — His the praise;
Gracious, whate'er he gives, whate'er denies.
24 Oct. 1806.