1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

Robert Southey to Mr. Neville White, 3 March 1807; Life and Correspondence (1849-50) 3:67.



When I obeyed the impulse which led me to undertake this task, it was from a knowledge that Henry While had left behind him an example, which ought not to be lost, of well-directed talents, and that, in performing an act of respect to his memory, I should at the same time hold up the example to others who have the up-hill paths of life to tread. No person can be more thoroughly convinced that goodness is a better thing than genius, and that genius is no excuse for those follies and offences which are called its eccentricities.