1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Steevens

William Hayley, "Epitaph in Poplar Chapel" Gentleman's Magazine 72 (January 1802) 62.



Peace to these reliques! once the bright attire
Of spirit sparkling with no common fire!
How oft has Pleasure in the social hour
Smil'd at his Wit's exhilarating power!
And Truth attested with delight intense
And serious charms of his colloquial sense!
His talents, varying at the diamond's ray,
Could strike the grave, or fascinate the gay;
His critic labours, of unwearied force,
Collected light from every distant source:
Want with such true beneficence he cheer'd,
All that his bounty gave, his zeal endear'd.
Learning as vast as mental power could seize,
In sport displaying, and with graceful ease,
Lightly the stage of chequer'd life he trod,
Careless of chance, confiding in his God.
W. H.