1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dyer

H. S., in "An Epistle to William Hayley, Esq." European Magazine 8 (November 1785) 386.



A nobler praise is due the Dyer's strain,
Whose friendly must instructs the careful swain.
And tho' with wool his artful hands were bound,
Yet his strong lyre emits a pleasing sound;
And lasting praise shall to the verse be paid,
That paints fall'n Rome, and Grongar's pleasing shade.