Henry Kirke White

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Henry Kirke White (21 March 1785 – 19 October 1806) was an English poet, who died at a young age.



  • Poetry has been to me something more than amusement, it has been a cheering companion when I had no other to fly to, a delightful solace.
    • Letter to Capel Loft, 10 September 1805.
  • We should teach our children to make friends with us, to communicate all their thoughts to us ... by this we find many opportunities of teaching them important truths, almost without knowing.
    • Letter his White's aunt, 6 January 1800.
  • When the day of misfortune comes and (comes it must sooner or later to all )we may be prepared with Christian fortitude to endure the shock.
    • Letter to Mr. B.Maddock, 10 November 1805
  • What treasure does the religious an possess in this, that when everything else fails he has God for his refuge and can look to a world where he is sure through Christ Jesus, that he will not be disappointed.
    • Letter to Mr B Maddock 10 November 1805

Melancholy Hours[edit]

  • Poetry is a blossom of very delicate growth, it requires the maturing influence of vernal suns and every encouragement of culture and attention to bring it to its natural perfection.
  • The exquisite and finely wrought susceptibility invariable marks the temperament of the poet. The cast of originality is the stamp and testimony of genius.
  • There is no species of poetry which is better adapted to the taste of a melancholy man than a sonnet. Its brevity precludes the possibility of it becoming tiresome.
    • Melancholy hours, The Poetical Works and remains of Henry Kirke White, G. Routledge, London 1835


  • O Lord, another day has flown,
    And we, a lonely band,
    Are met once more before thy throne,
    To bless thy fostering hand
    • Opening quatrain from White's hymn A Hymn of Family Worship The Poetical Works of Henry Kirke White, Pickering London 1855
  • Christianity is not a mere set of opinions to be embraced by understanding. It is the work of the heart as well as the head.
    • Reflections- The Poetical Works and remains of Henry Kirke White, G. Routledge, London 1835

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