1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Anonymous, "To Mr. Hayley, written in his Essay on Epic Poetry" Hibernian Magazine (July 1786) 383.



The man whose writings pure delight dispense,
Enchant my fancy, or enlarge my sense;
Whose heavenly wisdom mending human faults,
Warms my chill'd virtue and my soul exalts;
Friend of my bosom I this man declare,
And in my inmost heart the treasure wear,
Bishop or Clerk! his fortune bright or blank!
Rever'd as noble whatsoe'er his rank!
His praise I echo with a fond acclaim,
Joy in his health, and triumph in his fame.