1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Hayes

John Langhorne, Review of Hayes, Prophecy, a Poem; Monthly Review 58 (February 1778) 161.



Mr. Hayes seems determined to start from the winning post, and begins here, too, with original sin; but when he speaks of our good mother Eve's suffering "the sorrows of conception," we apprehend he forgets himself. — Having been Fellow of a college, he mistook conception for childbearing. Any one else would have known that sorrow had little to do with the former. The poem ranks in merit with that on Prayer, and, of course, obtained the prize.