1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

H. W., "Epitaph on H. K. White" European Magazine 60 (July 1811) 50.



Whate'er of genius or poetic fire
Warm'd Henry's breast to tune the muse's lyre,
Is here entomb'd — beneath this marble vase,
Rests virtue's child enshrin'd with halcyon bays.
To worldly views his lofty soul was blind;
Immortal visions occupied his mind.
Truth lent her mirror — Faith her stedfast cross,
And pious rapture all his soul engross'd.
Still he obtain'd some stolen leisure hours:
These he employ'd to cull Parnassian flow'rs.
But ah! his chaplet made his reason blind,
Blind to the cypress, that was with it twin'd.
Conceal'd, Death wove it, to delude his prey,
But pitying Mercy snatch'd the youth away;
Erasing all his nature did amiss;
Here lies his body — underneath this stone
To meet his Saviour's smiles his soul has flown.
Beaconsfield, May 8, 1811.