1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

J. U., "To Mr. Hayley" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (16 September 1784).



I told the world, and told them truth,
When Farren blush'd, in prime of youth,
Like some sweet rose, half blown;
I told them, then, where lodg'd that worth,
Which, since, without reserve, shone forth,
To fascinate the Town.

The Song, alas, no longer mine,
I, now, both pen and theme resign,
Where most they both seem due;
Hence, Hayley, thine the pleasing care,
To deck, with laurel wreathe, that fair,
Whose art, of late, deckt you.