ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On Reading Mr. Thornton's Plautus" St. James's Chronicle (24 January 1767).
1763: Samuel Johnson
1768: M. D.
1771: Rev. Thomas Warton
1835: Robert Southey
If a Translation strict and literal,
Join'd with the Air of an Original,
Mark out a Genius to the public View,
The envy'd Honour of the learned Few;
These are thy Laurels, Thornton, all allow:
Wear them, without a Rival, on thy Brow.
Cambridge, Jan. 19.