1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Vertumnus, "Epitaph for Mr. Thompson's Monument, proposed to be erected in Westminster Abbey" Scots Magazine 24 (January 1762) 48.



Could statues speak, no couplet were requir'd,
To tell how poets liv'd by all admir'd.
But speech denied, the letter titled stone
Must tell of THOMPSON, what to all is known;
"With Attic fire that SCOTIA saw him burn,
And gave him both his cradle and his urn."
Others to marble may their glory owe,
And boast those honours sculpture can bestow.
Short-liv'd renown! that ev'ry moment must
Sink with its emblem, and consume to dust!
But THOMPSON needs no artist to ingrave,
From dark oblivion no device to save.
Such puny aids let names inferior ask;
Nature for him assumes herself the task.
The Seasons are his monuments of fame,
With them to flourish, as from them it came.
Edinburgh.