1733 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Richard Savage, "To Mr. Thomson, on occasion of the Part which that Gentleman took, in the Concern for Mr. Dennis's late Benefit" Daily Journal (22 December 1733).



While I reflect thee o'er, methinks, I find
Thy various SEASONS, in their Author's Mind!
Spring, in thy flow'ry Fancy, spreads her Hues,
And, like thy soft Compassion, sheds her Dews.
Summer's hot Strength, in thy Expression, glows;
And, o'er thy Page, a beamy Ripeness throws.
Autumn's rich Fruits, th' instructed Reader gains;
Who tastes the meaning Purpose of thy Strains.
Winter — But That — no Semblance takes, from Thee!
That hoary Season's Type was drawn from ME.—
Shatter'd, by time's bleak Storms, I, with'ring lay;
Leafless, and whit'ning, in a cold Decay.
Yet, shall my propless Ivy, — pale, and bent,
Bless the short Sunshine, which thy Pity lent.
J. D.