1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Anonymous, "On seeing Mr. Hayley's Works absurdly criticized in the Whitehall Evening Post for December 3, and Jan. 23" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (8 February 1783).



Rise, kindred dunces, from your drear abodes,
Where Folly nurs'd you, and where Envy goads!
Rise, till your dirty numbers equal those,
Who hurl'd at Pope's bright verse their musky prose!
So you, perchance, shall rouse th' unwonted ire,
That lacks no sparks of Wit's transcendent fire,
When her indignant pow'rs, in lightning's blaze,
Arms with resistless bolt great Hayley's lays.
Rise! — that another Dunciad swift may save
Your groveling tribe from dark oblivion's wave!
So shall the brilliant, fav'rite page of Fame,
To Time's last limit bear each reptile name.