1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

John Gwilliam, "Quatorzain on the Death of Henry Kirke White" Gentleman's Magazine 78 (December 1808) 1108.



Didst thou not hear that melancholy toll,
Which shook but now the circumbient sky?
Alas! it call'd him to the appointed goal,
Where he must shroud and with oblivion lie!
Thrice happy Youth! and art thou ever fled,
From worldly scenes to realms unknown below?
The pure expansive paths of Heaven to tread,
Where Pleasure reigns remote from every woe?
Yes! thou art gone to those celestial plains—
Those argent fields, where Truth and Virtue dwell;
Where thy rapt hand, purg'd of its mortal stains,
Shall sweep sublimely an etherial shell!
O! that like thine my lorn dejected sprite,
Could hail the source of everlasting light.
Grafton-street.