1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 57-58 & n.



But to GARTH'S comic Song, e'er I leave it behind,
I perhaps might a still closer parallel find,
In a work, I mutt own, not of yesterday's date,
And therefore I fear scarcely lawful to state;
In which HAYLEY the TRIUMPHS OF TEMPER display'd,
And the crosses endur'd by SERENA, sweet Maid;
Where in Cantos alternate, no space intervenes
Betwixt every-day-manners and fanciful scenes;
Where the former are touch'd with sufficient success,
While his skill in the latter is sensibly less.

The first, third, and fifth Cantos of thie Poem, carry its Reader into the regions of Fancy, while the other three are descriptive of Domestic occurences.