1736 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

G. W. [Gilbert West?] "On Mr. Thomson's Picture drawn by Mr. Slaughter, with the Figure of Liberty in his Hand, as describ'd by him in his Poem on that Subject" Gentleman's Magazine 6 (December 1736) 743.



What paint can do, I own, thy skill has wrought,
From lines struck likeness, and from colours thought:
Like him you draw, thy figures know to charm,
Correct, thro' free, and regular tho' warm;
Yes, SLAUGHTER, in these lines a soul I trace
That scorns a falsehood ev'n to gain a place;
The open front where candour sits confest,
The social smile which speaks the blameless breast.

But would your art bid higher passions glow,
And stronger spirit thro' the features flow,
Bid the charm'd eye more quick sensation share,
And breathe o'er all more animated air;
Wou'd you wake all that lends to genius grace,
Full in his view th' inspiring Goddess place.