1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1798) 17-18n.



The notes which Mr. Hayley, who is a very ingenious man and a pleasing scholar, has written on his various poems are very amusing, and not unfrequently afford much instruction. Had he but learned the "art of blotting," he might possibly have attained considerable eminence, and preserved it. But as he is in general too feeble, tedious, and insufficiently prolix, consequently, &c. &c. See Horace, who has pronounced an irreversible sentence on all such persons stiling themselves poets, however voluminous their works may be.