The Triumph of Temper, A Poem. In six Cantos. By William Hayley, Esq.0 VOI CH' AVETE GL' INTELLETTI SANI MRATE LA DOTTRINA, CHE SI ASCONDE SOTTO' IL VELAME DEGLI VERSI STANI. DANTE, inferno, Cant 9. The Second Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall. M.DCC.LXXXI.
William Hayley [1745-1820], English poet, biographer, and patron of the arts. In writing this essay Hayley was sincerely of the opinion that he was defending the "old maids" of the community. When women reviled him for the publication, he professed himself deeply grieved. Hayley is best remembered for his friendships with William Blake, the great pre-Romantic poet, painter, and designer, and with the 18th-century poet William Cowper. He was also a patron of less well-known writers, including the poet and novelist Charlotte Smith. Hayley is also recalled for his well-meant but destructive patronage of George Romney, a painter whom he persuaded to continue the “drudgery of face-painting” when Romney would have preferred to paint ideal subjects.
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