1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Eyles Irwin, "Sonnet to William Hayley, Esq. with the Author's Portrait, July 1780" European Magazine 8 (December 1785) 470.



Entrench'd within th' abstracted shade,
Where taste and genius prompt the strain,
Or she, in form an Attic maid,
Not given to his embrace in vain,
Will Hayley hush his music sweet
As fill'd of old the Delphic fane,
When touch'd the lyre, with skill replete,
The choicest of the Muses train!
Lo, where the friend thy smile wou'd gain;
The semblance sent to Mem'ry's aid:
Frail record of the piece I weet,
Tho' by thy Romney's hand portray'd,
But that the painter's glory ne'er shall wane,
Whose art by Hayley sung, shall with his song remain.