1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Q. P. R., "Sonnet to Mr. Hayley" Gentleman's Magazine 59 (July 1789) 650.



The noble mind, that harbours useful thought,
And is in birth of glorious great intent,
Can never rest, till, with perfection fraught,
The world beheld it with astonishment,
And to its author pay the honour due.
So bright a guerdon did thy themes pursue,
Hayley! the friend of man; the Muse's pride!
On whom th' applauses of the virtuous rest,
May'st thou, with self-approving conscience blest,
Enjoy the flatt'ring meed, with every joy allied!