1752 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Thompson

James Hervey, 1752 ca.; Collection of Letters of James Hervey (1760) 2:123-24.



I sent for the Poem on Sickness, by Mr. Thomson of Queen's College, Oxford; and was surprised to find it a four Shilling and Six-penny Piece. It is, I think, a loose and rambling Performance; some good Lines, but a great deal of it nothing at all to the Purpose. Not comparable, in Point of Elegance, Propriety, and Beauty, to his Hymn on May. However, I would not have it depreciated, methinks, because it speaks worthily of the Christian Religion, and the Rock of our Hopes, Christ Jesus.