1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

Thomas Brydson, "Sonnet, on recovering a lost Copy of Henry Kirke White's Poems" Edinburgh Literary Journal (18 July 1829) 94.



Back to my bosom come, thou early friend;
Strange changes have I seen since last with thee
I sat beneath mine own laburnum tree,
And turn'd thy well-known pages to an end,
And watch'd the rays of summer eve descend,
Like blessings on the quiet roof of home,
And heard the little voice that bade me come
To sing the ev'ning psalm. And thou didst lend
Thy pictured stores to beautify the dream
That hung around me through the silent night,
Bringing loved forms. Ah, little did I deem
Few years would sweep them from my waking sight!—
This comfort visits my lone heart with thee,
That these shall meet me in eternity.