1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

"T.," in Christian Observer 5 (November 1806) 727.



Had this young man lived, he would have been, in all probability, not only a most useful member of society in the immediate sphere of his labours, but an ornament of his country. Seldom has the career of a student been commenced under more flattering circumstances. The public are already in possession of a specimen of his poetical talents, in a little volume of poems which he published at the age of seventeen. Some of these pieces are distinguished by merit far beyond his years. What might not have been expected from a vigorous application of his talents, after he had passed some time at College, where the advantages of the student are so numerous and important! The hopes, indeed, of all who knew him were raised to a high pitch, while his friends and tutors especially contemplated his future success with delight: but all these expectations have been cut short in a moment! He is now removed from a scene of literary labour, to the bar of judgment; and happy is it for him that he was found doing the work of his God; and happy will it be for us if, impressed with a conviction of the vanity of all human pursuits, we also aspire after heavenly things, and prepare to meet our Judge. — "Watch and pray, for ye know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh."