ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On Reading Mr. Thornton's Translation of Plautus, and comparing it with the Original" St. James's Chronicle (19 February 1767).
1763: Samuel Johnson
1768: M. D.
1771: Rev. Thomas Warton
1835: Robert Southey
Thornton! what Praise? who hast so justly hit,
Not only Plautus' Sentiment, but Wit:
No lifeless Portrait of thy Author drawn,
But him himself in a bright Mirrour shewn,
Held up to public View; he lives! and we
An Image perfect as the Substance see;
Another Sofia in thy Work descry;
Which is the Mortal? which the Deity?
Woodford, Feb. 14.