1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

H. S., in "An Epistle to William Hayley, Esq." European Magazine 8 (November 1785) 385.



In vain satiric wits, with envious aim,
Launch'd their keen darts to wound his growing fame;
Time's liberal hand in Glory's dome shall place
His name, high honour'd with the tuneful race.
Long shall the sons of freedom mourn the fate
Of Valour, falling with a fallen state;
Long shall the sacred tears of Beauty flow
For Evelina, and Elfrida's woe:
While time endures his Garden's flowers shall bloom,
And shed rich fragrance round the Poet's tomb.