ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On the late Bonnell Thornton" St. James's Chronicle (14 May 1768).
1763: Samuel Johnson
1768: M. D.
1771: Rev. Thomas Warton
1835: Robert Southey
Then art thou gone, my Thornton! — but forbear—
Vain every Sigh, and impotent each Tear!
Blest with the happiest Skill the Muse could give,
Thy Name with Swift and Rabelais shall live:
So gay thy Humour, and so arch thy Wit,
None felt the Wound, tho' palpable the Hit.
*But when on Death, alas! thou try'dst thy Art,
Death's Repartee was throwing of his Dart.
* Vide a late Poem called the Battle of the Wigs.