1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Anonymous, "Inscription on a Table, which was formerly the Writing-Desk of Thomson" Star, Daily Evening Advertiser (11 July 97).



Ye, who on things of simplest kind
Can stamp the mystic worth of mind,
Who press the turf where VIRGIL trod,
And think it like no other sod;
Or guard each leaf from SHAKSPEARE'S tree
With Druid-like idolatry;—
Ye will this relic fondly view,
On which the sylvan Scholiast drew
With moral sweet, and comment clear,
His record of the rural year;
While ev'ry season's change he trac'd
With SHAKSPEARE'S fancy, VIRGIL'S taste.