1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Charles Caleb Colton, in Hypocrisy, a Satire (1812) 45-46 &n.



But Amos Cottle writes, while Gifford sleeps,
And every muse o'er Hayley's triumphs weeps;
They write, and what they write, more strange, is sold,
And lead is purchased, at the price of gold!
Gold mines pay least, sagacious Adam* said,
This Hayley heard, — and worked his mine of lead;
These write, are read! some swear, and shall not I
Plead th' old excuse, and join the babbling cry?

* Adam Smith observes that the profits which arise to those who work mines, decrease, as the value of their contents increase. Thus, by speculating in mines of gold, or silver, many capitalists have been ruined; whereas large fortunes have been made by working mines of copper, or of lead.