1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Edward Pye-Waters, "To William Hayley Esq." Gentleman's Magazine 58 (April 1788) 347.



Charm'd with the magic sweetness of thy lays,
To thee, oh rapturous Hayley, bard divine,
To thee, thou happy fav'rite of the Nine,
My infant Muse this early tribute pays;
For thee she swells the notes of honest praise,
With fiery wishes burns, at Honour's shrine
A bloomy chaplet round thy head to twine,
And add one sprig of ivy to thy bays.
Thy name, sequester'd Hayley, skill'd to move
The shriek of wild affright, th' impassion'd tear,
In Pity's glistening eye, the starts of fear,
And all the melting tenderness of love,
With songs etherial shall th' Aonian maids
On golden harps extol, in Pindus' festal shades.
Free School, Berks.