ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
J. B—o, "Verses to William Hayley, Esq." European Magazine 12 (July 1787) 58.
1779: H. M.
1780: Rev. Edmund Cartwright
1780: Eyles Irwin
1781 ca.: Mary Linley
1782: Rev. William Mason
1782: Anna Seward
1782: Hannah More
1782: W. O.
1783: John Scott of Amwell
1783: Helen Maria Williams
1783: R. B.
1784: J. U.
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. Robert Potter
1786: The Cottage Mouse
1786: Anna Seward
1787: Edmond Malone
1787: Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins
1787: J. B-o
1788: Rev. James Hurdis
1788: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1788: Edward Pye-Waters
1789: Dr. John Wolcot
1789: Q. P. R.
1789: John Williams
1790: Catherine Stephens
1790: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1792: William Cowper
1795: Rev. Joseph Warton
1796: A Lady
1797: Thomas Park
1797: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Robert Southey
1804: Robert Southey
1805: Francis Jeffrey
1807: John Taylor Esq.
1809: Lord Byron
1812: Bernard Barton
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: Leigh Hunt
1818: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1824: Robert Southey
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1829: John Clare
1829: Robert Southey
1833: Allan Cunningham
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1842: Mary Russell Mitford
1850: Leigh Hunt
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1856: Samuel Rogers
1882: Epes Sargent
1787: William Hayley
1787: Helen Maria Williams
Enraptur'd bard, from thy harmonious lyre,
Tun'd by Apollo's hand, the numbers flow
With all the warmth of true poetic fire;
In ev'ry line succeeding beauties glow:
Where nervous thought by elegance refin'd,
(That breathes the purest spirit of the Nine)
Softness and Ease with Harmony combin'd,
United in thy verse conspicuous shine:
Where bold Imagination's brightest ray
Illumes each scene thy magic pencil shews;
And Heav'n-born sportive Fancy, ever gay,
On thy blest Muse her powerful aid bestows.
Stretch'd on her wing, through the aetherial skies
With rapid flight thy daring genius soars
(Follow'd in vain by Wonder's gazing eyes)
To Pindus height, and climes unknown explores.
Entranc'd within her visionary bowers,
(Where airy shapes and forms celestial throng)
Poetic dreams beguile the happy hours,
And with their influence inspire thy song.
There (while the spheres in tuneful concert move,
And charm the ravish'd ear with sounds divine)
The sister-virgins of the sacred grove
Around thy brow their blooming laurels twine.
Thus plac'd by Merit on her throne sublime,
In vain shall Envy strive to blast thy fame;
That will outlive the power of moud'ring Time,
Till distant ages echo Hayley's name.
Forgive the theme my infant muse aspires,
And smile complacent on these feeble lays;
Where (tho' thy worth a nobler strain requires)
The admiring heart an unfeign'd tribute pays.