1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Reminiscences of a literary Life (1836) 1:85.



But [at Oxford] I had usually a pocket companion in the shape of a volume of English poetry or drama. I had purchased Bishop Newton's Milton, Warburton's Pope, and Theobald's Shakspeare: but none took a stronger hold of me, in those days, than Thomson; and I loved his Castle of Indolence beyond measure.