1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

William Thompson, "Garden Inscriptions: over Thomson's Seasons" The Poetical Calendar (1763) 8:117.



Lo! Thomson deigns to grace the bower I made,
And dwell a tuneful tenant of my shade!
Hail, Nature's poet! whom she taught alone
To sing her works in number's like her own,
Sweet as the Thrush, that warbles in the vale,
And soft as Philomela's tender tale;
She lent her pencil too, of wondrous power,
To catch the rainbow, or to form the flower
Of many-mingling hues; and smiling said,
(But first with laurel crown'd her favourite's head)
"These beauteous children, tho' so fair they shine,
Fade in my Seasons, let them live in thine:
And live they shall, the charm of every eye,
'Till Nature sickens, and the Season's die."