Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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Henry Kirke White (1785-1806)



Born in Nottingham, March 1785. His volume of verses, Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse, with Other Poems (1803) attracted the attention of Robert Southey, who warm-heartedly assisted him and, after his death, collected his works, with a memoir, and published them in his Remains (1807). Although White is sympathetically remembered because of his tragic early death, Lord Byron also acknowledged his poetic talent, which is to be seen in his beautiful religious verses and hymns such as “The Fair Maid of Clifton”, and “Clifton Grove”. (Y. Y.)

1.A Ballad ("Be hush'd, be hush'd, ye bitter winds")
2.Gondoline: a Ballad