1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Joseph Mitchell, in "To James Thomson, Author of Winter" Poems (1729) 1:309.



Prodigious Pow'r of Poetry to warm
Or chill, the Blood! compose it, or alarm!
To set the World and Nature's Works in Light!
And moralize their various Scenes aright!

THOMSON, if, with such Energy and Ease,
Thou sing'st, proceed — thou can'st not fail to please.
Nor stoop to Rhime — a Muse, so strong and bold,
By servile Fetters, scorns to be controul'd.
I greet thy Genius well, invite Thee forth,
And first present to publick View thy Worth.
I prophesy'd of Thee; nor blush to own
The Joy I feel, in making THOMSON known.
Thy first attempts, to me, a Promise made:
That Promise is, by this Performance, paid.
If such Perfection crowns thy Muse so soon,
What Virtues will not glorify her Noon?