1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Henry Harington

William Hayley, "Sonnet to Dr. Harington, on his adding Music to a Song of the Author's" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (10 May 1782).



Harmonious Friend! to whom my honor'd Muse
Is eager to declare how much she owes,
Accept, and with indulgent eye peruse,
Her hasty verse, impatient to disclose
How from your aid her new attraction flows!
Cold as the figure of unfinish'd clay,
Which by Prometheus' plastic hand arose,
My lifeless song in half existence lay;
I could not add the spark of heav'nly flame:
To harmony's high sphere I dar'd not stray
To steal from thence — But in this languid frame
You pour, without a theft, the vital ray!
Your generous art the quick'ning spirit gives,
And, by your tuneful fire, the ballad lives.