1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

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



On high Parnassus' highest summit plac'd,
With every Muse's choicest dowry grac'd,
Dost thou, O Hayley! hear the voice of Fame
Spread o'er the land the honours of thy name?
While, with applauding voice, the learned throng
Rehearse the various beauties of thy song;
Ev'n snarling critics join the friendly train,
And dwell with rapture on each pleasing strain;
The nation hails thee as its last great hope,
As strong as Milton, and as soft as Pope.