1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Ogilvie

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



Tho' last not least in love, a bard, whose name
On Merit's roll an honour'd place may claim,
An Ogilvie demands my honest praise,
And pleads just title to the crown of bays.
Oft have his strains beguil'd the painful hour,
And sooth'd my sorrows by their magic pow'r;
His page the sole companion of my grief,
When tears and sighs afforded small relief,
When Death's cold hand had sunk to senseless clay
The lov'd companion of my youthful way.