1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

Thomas Park, 1807 ca.; White, Remains, ed. Southey (1807; 1869) 197.



Too, too prophetic did thy wild note swell,
Impassion'd minstrel! when its pitying wail
Sigh'd o'er the vernal primrose as it fell
Untimely, wither'd by the northern gale.
Thou wert that flower of promise and of prime;
Whose opening bloom, 'mid many an adverse blast,
Charm'd the lone wanderer through this desert clime,
But charm'd him with a rapture soon o'ercast,
To see thee languish into quick decay.
Yet was not thy departing immature!