1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

William Hayward Roberts, in A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey on the English Poets (1773); Poems (1774) 104-5.



Next THOMSON came:
He, curious bard, examin'd every drop
That glistens on the thorn; each leaf survey'd
Which Autumn from the rustling forest shakes,
And mark'd its shape, and trac'd in the rude wind
Its eddying motion. Nature in his hand
A pencil, dip'd in her own colours, plac'd,
With which the ever-faithful copyist drew
Each feature in proportion just. Had Art
But soften'd the hard lines, and mellow'd down
The glaring tints, not Mincio's self would roll
A prouder stream than Calendonian Tweed.