1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Albert, "Stanzas to the Memory of Thomson, the Author of the Seasons" Morning Chronicle (4 November 1791).



Hail Nature's Bard, whose deathless lays
Consenting Poets join to praise;
Nor needs their plausive strain to claim
The honours which await thy name!
For thee, fond object of her cares,
Nature herself a wreath prepares;
A wreath as varied as thy song,
Immortal, which shall last as long;
To aid that wreath, the blushing Spring
And Summer bright their treasures bring;
While Autumn's stores profuse are seen,
And Winter's hardy ever-green.
While Fancy's gayest flowers combine,
Pleased to assist the fond design,
And form with happy art the whole,
An emblem of the Poet's soul:
And Virtue sainted in the skies,
That pleas'd so fair a meed descries,
Beaming immortal radiance down,
Sheds a bright lustre o'er the crown.