1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Anonymous, "On seeing a Motto from Pindar prefixed to some Verses of Mr. H." New Monthly Magazine 14 (September 1820) 276.



O gentle Bard! full much I wonder
Why you should quote this son of thunder;
Not more amaz'd to cast my eye on
A tailor flirting with a lion!
Whether you gravely write, or gaily,
You're still the gentle Mr. —,
In style prosaic tagg'd with rhyme,
Monstrously flat and unsublime,
Which sometimes buckrams into rant
By aid of sentimental cant;
Such as reminds us of the plan
Of Harvey and of Bunyan.
With Mason Mr. H. glories
In metaphysic allegories,
Where words which prose-men term abstract,
By epithets are made to act;
Compell'd on their reluctant duties,
And Spenser's faults are H.'s duties.