1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Thompson

Anonymous, in Gentleman's Magazine 76 (June 1806) 528.



Mr. William Thompson, an ingenious and polite scholar; but, as upon his namesake, the author of the Seasons, so upon him, Embarrassment sometimes stole imperceptibly. He was the friend of Goldsmith, published several pieces of poetry, though not of a rich vein, and from his practice of prolonging his mirthful hours, gained among the Wits of London, the name of Midnight THOMPSON. His character of Pope's writings, from the poem called Sickness, is inserted in Dodsley's Collection, vol. iii. p. 339. A life of him is given by Dr. Anderson, in the Edinburgh edition of the Poets of Great Britain. He edited Bishop Hall's Satires in 1753.