1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Albert, "Verses to Thomson, Author of the Seasons. Written at Richmond" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (4 October 1790).



Sweet Bard, whose lively pencil stole
All nature's animated soul;
Her varied semblance bade appear,
And gave new beauties to the year:

The chastest tongue may own thy line,
Where all the charms of fancy shine;
Nor will the feeling heart refuse
Its tribute to thy plaintive muse.

Oft as the friend shall tarry here,
He'll drop upon thy grave a tear,
And, while remembrance swells his breast,
He'll bid thy gentle spirit rest.