1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

James Thomson, "To George Lyttleton, Esq." 1746; General Evening Post (2 August 1794).



The following lines were written by James Thomson, Esq; Author of THE SEASONS, in the blank leaf of a copy of that book, which he sent to George, afterwards Lord, Lyttelton, in the year 1746, soon after the death of Mrs. Lyttelton; and transcribed by Johnstone, later Bishop of Worcester.

I.
Go, little book, and find our friend,
Who Nature and the Muses loves;
Whose cares the public virtues blend
With all the softness of the groves.

II.
A fitter time thou canst not chuse
His fostering friendship to repay;
Go then and try, my rural Muse,
To steal his widowed hours away.