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No more the lengthened day
To heedless ramble woos;
Eve's crimson beams suffuse.
The fading charms I view: Earth’s variegated livery,
And heaven's refulgent blue; But not for these, however dear, I drop the softly poignant tear. The genii of the Spring,
That people every brake,
My fancy cannot wake;
Some phantom bliss inscribes;
With pleasure's airy tribes: Loves wild, domestick, playful, sweet, That know nor chill, nor feverish heat.
The spirit of the past,
O’er each deserted scene, Hovering, amid the dreary blast,
Would seek the hillock green ; And melancholy moanings
fling, Upon the shuddering ear of SpringThen joy's ecstatick train,
The merry elfin throng:
Or forest shades along;
And penetrating lance,
Embattled to advance;
On life's horizon fades:
I scan the coming shades.
Proportion, which the art can give
How spirit animates each feature
The charm that crowns the matchless
Come forth, Euphrosyne! I see
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The Remains of Henry Kirke White, of Nottingham, and late of St. John's College,
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IN the Temple of Fame, as in volent, and pious, that our regret for the Elysium of Virgil, a peculiar the loss of these talents and qualiregion ought to be consecrated to ties is enhanced by the persuasion the victims of a premature destiny, that they would have been zealously Perhaps, indeed, our commiseration employed in promoting the happia for the infantum animæ who are ness, the virtue, and all the best insnatched from the world in limine terests of his fellow-creatures. primo, and are deprived of an exist- He was born in 1785, at Nottingence of which they can scarcely ham. His father, by trade a butcher, be said to have been ever conscious, designed to bring him up to his own
business, but was dissuaded from " Quos DULCIS VITÆ EXORTES, & ab this intention by his mother, who Abstulit atra dies, & funere mersit quickly discovered, and carefully acerbo,"
cultivated, the talents of her remark
able offspring. From his earliest however congenial to the feelings of years, he was a most persevering our nature, is' in itself unreasonable; and ambitious student; and, though while it is impossible to conceive not so perfectly regular in his school any thing more melancholy than the exercises as 'to gain the favour of carly dissolution of him who has all his instructers, his desultory lei. lived just long enough to feel within sure was devoted to the acquisition him the highest intellectual endow- of richer and more diversified stores ments, and a full conviction that a
of learning and science, than many prolonged life could alone be want- reach by constant attention during ing to his attainment of a permanent a life devoted to study. At the age and honourable reputation. The in- of seyenteen, he was placed, as a zeresting subject of the volumes clerk, in the office of Messrs. Coldbefore us has bequeathed to us the ham and Enfield, attornies at Notmost unquestionable proofs, not only tingham, and town-clerks to the corof rare powers of mind, but of a poration; the latter, we believe, the disposition so gentle, amiable, bene. son of the late ingenious and amia
ble Dr. Enfield. The indulgence of The regular prosecution of severe these humane and judicious masters studies should by all means be prostill allowed him many opportunities moted; and though an ingenious for pursuing his former studies, for youth can perhaps never be persuaincreasing his stock of general in- ded entirely to refrain from verse formation, and for improving, his making, it is surely going far enough mind by elegant literature. He had to connive at this as the occasional access also to a good library: but he diversion of his leisure, without rewas unremittingly assiduous in his at- commending it as a proper occupatention to the duties assigned to him, tion for his serious hours. The lite and (according to a letter from Mr. rary character ought in no degree, Enfield) particularly ready in acquir- to be staked on the crude composiing the knowledge of them, as well tions of an unformed mind, however as very useful in carrying them into promising. On the one hand, the execution. During several years he vanity of successful authorship may had been, and still continued to be, naturally beget a dislike for legi. a favoured correspondent of some
timate labour, and a too easy acperiodical publications, which hold quiescence in the degree of profiout a laudable encouragement to the ciency and celebrity which has been exertion of youthful minds, by offer- already attained: while, on the other, ing books, medals, and other prizes, the mortification of publishing a to the writers of the best essays work that failed to obtain praise on particular theses. The success of might produce a still more fatal these smaller productions tempted effect, by plunging the half-expandhim, in conformity to the advice of ed faculties in listless and irrational his friends, to prepare a volume of despair. poems for the press, before he had Where powerful and uncontrollacompleted his eighteenth year; in ble genius directs the youthful mind hopes “ that this publication might, to poetry, it will naturally seize on either by its sale, or the notice which all those animating objects which it might excite, enable him to pro- stir the spirits and fascinate the arsecute his studies at college, and dent imagination, at that happy pefit himself for the church:” for riod: but, when the muse is courted though he was still attached to the rather from a general love of poetry legal profession, and had even indul- and belles lettres, than from the inged the hope of one day rising to spiration of high poetical talent, a the degree of a barrister, an unfor certain round of ideas is extremely tunate and growing deafness de- apt to fill up. the whole compass of stroyed all these views of advance, the
Churchyard ment; “ and his opinions, which at scenes and cypress groves at the one time inclined to deism, had now dreadful noon of night, silence, taken a strong devotional bias." darkness, solitude, contemplation,
This advice to publish, though and egotism, with overpowering undoubtedly conceived in the spirit melancholy, and fast approaching of kindness, does not appear to us death--such is the funereal train that to display judgment equal to its walks in sad procession round the good intention. Few are the cir. sleepless pillow of the sentimental cumstances under which we can bard. Without insisting on the perdeem it beneficial for a boy of se, fect exhaustion which this kind of venteen to exhibit himself as a poet poetry has undergone, particularly to the publick eye. At that age of in our own language, let us consider, sensibility, the powers of imagina- for a moment, what probable benefit tion should rather be repressed than can be expected from its supplying encouraged, in one who is destined familiar employment to a boy first for a grave and laborious profession. Starting into active life. If such feel. ings are not habitual to his mind, we might truly claim at the time of but are merely assumed to give effect writing the review, it really appears to his sonnets, can there be a more that the expectations of this young unpleasing verbiage ?-if they are man must have been somewhat ungenuine, can we conceive a more reasonably excited by the injudicious deplorable calamity ? On the latter encomiums of his friends, since he consideration, much of melancholy was severely mortified and disapillustration might be thrown from pointed by our remarks. He adthe memoir now before us: but we dressed to us at the time an affect. decline to do more than suggest a ing remonstrance; to which, in our hint to those, who, from the most following number, we replied with benevolent motives, extend their evident anxiety to heal his wounded patronage to youthful, self-instruct- feelings, but without deviating from ed, and necessitous men of talents. our opinion. With sincere regret,
As soon as the little volume of and, we must add, with astonishpoems was ready for publication, ment, we find that our effort to calm the writer's friends, anxious to pro- his mind was unsuccessful; and that cure for it the protection of some a critique, which we continue to reexalted female character, succes- gard as extremely mild, but by sively thought of the late dutchess which he thought that his talents of Devonshire, the countess of Der- were much undervalued, still gave by, and the margravine of Anspach. . him pain, and was actually consider. It was ultimately dedicated, by her ed by him as “ an instrument in the 'grace's permission, to the lady first hands of Satan to drive him to dismentioned; to whom the book, when traction!” This feeling, no doubt, we published, was sent, but from whom share in common with all his read. no answer was ever returned. Let- ers, though it is heightened in our ters were also despatched to periodi- minds by the circumstance of having jeal criticks, stating the age, the dis- been the instruments, yet the inno'advantages, the prospects, and the cent and well-intentioned instrų. hopes of the author, and requesting ments, of inflicting pain on a mind an indulgent notice. Our opinion of thus profoundly and thus lamentably the poems was given in our number sensible: but we desire Mr. Southey, for February, 1804; to which, or to who has condescended to direct this biographical memoir, where it against us some coarse and comis reprinted at p. 17, we refer our mon-place language, to be most poreaders. We commended the talents sitively assured, that we maintain and application of the young lite- our former judgment, and that our rary advocate, his exertions, and his regret is wholly unmixed with a sinlaudable endeavours to excel; and, gle feeling of self-accusation, or any thinking that the case privately laid consciousness of injustice. before us would plead strongly in
This unfortunate youth persuaded the author's favour with a liberal himself that his strong displeasure publick, we suggested the propriety against us was not awakened by our of a subscription with a similar literary strictures, but that our restatement, and expressed our wish commendation to him to make his that he might obtain some respecta. case publick “ affected his respecble patron: while we did not disguise tability," and that it represented our doubts, from the specimen then him as a “ beggar." Yet the avowed before us, whether the poems were object of his work was, by obtaining calculated to win their way by their notoriety and credit for its author, own intrinsick merit. Tous, although to ensure such a circulation and such we certainly cannot now boast so a sale as should enable him to raise much impartiality on this subject as a sufficient sum of money for a par