WHITE, HENRY KIRKE (1785-1806)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF TWO POEMS, ONE UNPUBLISHED:
(i) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS WELL-KNOWN 'BALLAD' SUBMITTED TO AN EDITOR, name at head, 24 lines in six four-line stanzas, sent to the editor of The Poetical Register, 1 page, quarto, professional repairs, postmarked 26 January 1803
Be hush'd, be hush'd, ye bitter winds,
Ye pelting rains, a little rest,
Be still, Lie still, ye busy thoughts
That wring with grief my wretched breast...
This ballad is printed in The Poetical and Prose Works of Henry Kirke White, 1999, with significant differences in four lines.
(ii) AUTOGRAPH DRAFT OF HIS POEM 'IN HOLLOW MUSIC SIGHING THRO THE GLADE, 20 lines in five four-line stanzas, with autograph revisions and deletions preserving reconsidered readings, early note 'The above are stanzas by Henry Kirke White in his own handwriting given me by his brother Neville Wright April 29th 1813', 2 pages, short octavo, tipped onto the remains of an album leaf, not dated
In hollow music sighing thro the glade
The breeze of Autumn strikes the startled ear
And Fancy pacing thro' the woodland glade
Hears in the Gust the requiem of the year...
THIS POEM IS UNPUBLISHED: not in The Poetical and Prose Works
Kirke White died at the age of twenty-one years. Southey and Byron admired White's work. The latter wrote that 'Setting aside his bigotry, he surely ranks next Chatterton...I should have been proud of such an acquaintance; his very prejudices were respectable' and saluted him in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers.