1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

H. M., "To the Author of the Elegy on the ancient Greek Model, addressed to the Right Reverend Robert Lowth. Occasioned by an Epigram which appeared in your Paper of July 24, signed G. W." St. James's Chronicle (12 August 1779).



Tho' Epigrams against thee fling
Their harmless Tails without a Sting;
Tho' Chaplains rail against the Writer,
Who dares to meddle with a Mitre;
Their feeble Pens they vainly use
Against the Armour of thy Muse:
'Tis hers to touch a lofty Name
With liberal Praise, and decent Blame,
Fairly to pay, with just discerning,
The Dues of Dignity and Learning;
Yet bravely give them both to know
The Duties they to Freedom owe.
Cambridge, July 26.