1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Clio, "Lines written impromptu in a Pocket Volume of Thomson's Seasons" European Magazine 3 (January 1783) 74.



Endearing bard! 'twas thine in matchless core
The various charms of nature to explore.
Hail sweetest songster! thy amusing tale,
Whether along the hill, or silent dale
Thou sportive rov'st, still bid'st new beauties rise,
And forms delightful greet our wond'ring eyes.
The different Seasons here describ'd appear,
And in thy song revolves the circling year;
In admiration lost we read thy verse,
And bless that genius who could thus rehearse,
Scenes so directly opposite as these,
Yet every scene exact, and form'd to please.
Dearest companion! to the youth who loves,
To him who thro' the country joyous roves,
Led on by contemplation, charming maid,
And fair philosophy, in truth array'd;
Such, such enraptur'd to thy song attend,
And in their pockets bear their much-lov'd friend.