1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Helen Maria Williams, in An Ode on the Peace (1783) 16-17.



And Poesy! thy deep-ton'd shell
The heart shall sooth, the spirit fire,
And all th' according passions swell
While rapture trembles on thy lyre;
Awake its sweetly-thrilling sound,
And call enchanting Visions round,
Strew the soft path of Peace with Fancy's flowers,
And lead the glowing heart to Joy's Elysian bowers.

While HAYLEY wakes thy magic strings,
His shades shall no rude sound prophane,
But stillness on her tender wings,
Enamour'd drink the potent strain.
Tho' Genius flash the vivid flame
Around his Lyre's enchanting frame,
Where Fancy's warbled tones melodious roll,
More warm his friendship glows, more harmoniz'd his soul!