1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

John Taylor Esq., "To William Hayley, Esq. on his Poem, entitled The Triumphs of Temper" The Sun (3 October 1807).



If fair SERENA could no more sustain,
Her boasted triumphs were but weak and vain:
A midnight revel by her Sire deny'd;
Her fame by dark malevolence decry'd;
And last, still less her patience to require,
Insulted by a Coxcomb's jealous ire:
The heroine, Bard, such ills might well endure,
In duty, innocence, and love secure!
Besides, the Talisman, with guardian pow'r,
Alarms the Maid in ev'ry yielding hour;
Yet in her breast such angry passions swell,
As almost break the Fairy's potent spell.
Go, form for DELIA trials most severe,
Good-temper's genuine charm will then appear,
And all the virtues that to her belong
May animate the Muse's noblest song.
T.