1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Henry Francis Cary, "Sonnet to Mr. Hayley" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (March 1788) 250.



HAYLEY! whose polish'd yet enchanting song
Oft charms th' attention of my infant Muse,
While She, like thine, her flowery toil pursues,
Far from the tumult of the City: throng,
The meads, the streams, and echoing rocks among—
Say! what fresh garland of delightful hues,
Twin'st thou, sweet Bard! fraught with th' ambrosial dews
Of Poesy, where her wild wave along
The happy Arun rolls — a classic tide—
What heav'nly theme awakes thy lyre again?
For though thyself be to my sight denied;
Yet still I know — I love thee in thy strain,
Happy, should'st thou, to deathless fame allied,
Bestow one look on an aspiring swain.
Sutton, Coldfield, March 4.