In 1766 Samuel Hayes published a tragedy, "Eudosia" while he was a student at Westminster. He was admitted pensioner to Trinity College Cambridge in 1767 (B.A. 1771, Fellow 1772, M. A. 1774) where he became a mighty winner of Seatonian prizes (1775, 1776, 1777, 1778, 1783, 1784, 1785) — outstripping even Christopher Smart. He was ordained in 1772 and was afterwards an unpopular usher at Westminster School (1770-1788). Robert Southey, who left a memoir, was one of his pupils.
1783Hope: a Poem.
Eudosia [with Robert Carr]. 1766.
Prophecy: a poem. 1777.
Prayer: a poem. 1777.
Duelling: a poem. 1777.
The nativity of our Saviour: a poem. 1778.
The Acension; a poetical essay. 1781.
Hope: a poem. 1783.
Creation: a poem. 1784.
A sermon preached ... the day of publick thanksgiving for His Majesty's happy recovery. 1789.
Verses on His Majesty's recovery. 1789.
A sermon preached before the burgesses of Westminster. 1792.
A sermon preached before the St. Margaret's Parish Association. 1793.
Sermons on different occasions, and on practical duties. 1797.
Symptoms of the decline, and importance of the revival of family religion. 1799.