1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

Mary Leman Rede, "To the Memory of H. K. White" La Belle Assemblee NS 16 (July 1817) 33.



Lamented youth! whom learning's ray
Thro' erudition's pathway led;
How short, how bright, thy brilliant day!
It blaz'd a moment and it fled!

Lamented youth, around thy tomb
The sorrowing Muses crowd;
Virtue bemoans thy early doom,
And Pity bathes thy shroud.

Come, Muse, let thy softest note
O'er the grave of Henry float;
Soothe, oh! soothe the gentle shade
Of him who lov'd thee, lovely maid.
See majestic Science hangs
On his tomb with speechless pangs.

Drooping Wisdom o'er it sighs,
On pale Philosophy reclin'd;
For since her youthful favourite dies
To sorrow is her soul resign'd.

Genius, Science bending o'er
Henry's urn his requiem sung;
Fame's loud trumpet Echo tore
From her cave, and forth she sprung.

Now the sister Muses sing;
Softly touch the silver string
Of the many corded lyre,
While the melting strains expire
On Echo's lingering tongue.

The memory of his genius given
To Eternity and Fame;
Virtue registers in heaven
The record of his spotless name.