1726 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Anonymous, in London Journal (4 June 1726).



When I consider the Entertainment I have met with from an ADDISON, a CONGREVE, a STEELE, or a POPE; I own, I am sorry for my own sake, passionately fond, that the Succession should be continued. And nothing, I think, ought to give a Man a greater Pleasure, (I am sure nothing does to my self) than to see an Author make his first Appearance in such a manner, as to promise the Continuance of that fine Delight, which those who have gone before him have yielded in so admirable a manner. This the Author of WINTER has given very fair Reason to expect; and I hope he will be not tempted, by any want of Encouragement, to with-hold his Favours from the Publick. for it must be own'd, that Encouragement is necessary to every Endeavour to excel; especially in Works of Genius: And this gives an Opportunity to the Great to share in the Honour of the Poet. It was to a POLLIO and a MAECENAS, that the Romans owed their VIRGIL; it was to a SOMERS and a HALLIFAX, that the present age ow'd its ADDISON; and I hope, future Ages will have reason to say, it was to a W—POLE or a C—TON, that we owe a THOMSON.