ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On the late Bonnell Thornton, Esq." St. James's Chronicle (17 May 1768).
1763: Samuel Johnson
1768: M. D.
1771: Rev. Thomas Warton
1835: Robert Southey
Alas, poor Thornton! Humours favorite Son;
Her laughter-loving Son, alas! is gone.
Who, that has seen the Table on a Roar,
Sighs not, and thinks that he shall smile no more?
Who, that e'er knew how much his Heart wou'd feel,
In Friendship's Cause, but wish their own was Steel?
Was you in Grief, with Mirth he'd chace your Care,
Or sharing, struggle for the largest Share.
Now, hard Reverse, we're left alone to grieve,
No lively, friendly, Thornton to relive.