ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
George Noble, ploughman, "Ode to the Anniversary of Thomson's Birthday, held at Ednam on Thursday, Sept. 22" Morning Chronicle (6 October 1814).
1726 ca.: Aaron Hill
1727: David Mallet
1729: Edward Young
1729: Richard Savage
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1733: Richard Savage
1734: Rev. James De La Cour
1736: Gibert West
1736: Rev. Moses Browne
1736: Alexander Bayne
1746: William Shenstone
1746: Alexander Carlyle
1748: George Lyttelton
1748: Robert Shiels
1748 ca.: Anonymous
1748 ca.: William Shenstone
1748: Rev. James De La Cour
1749: William Collins
1750: George Lyttelton
1750 ca.: Rev. William Thompson
1751: Moses Mendez
1758: G. G.
1763: Rev. William Thompson
1770: J. S.
1770: W. B.
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1776: Samuel Johnson
1778: James Beattie
1782: J. Gest of Modbury
1788: Thomas Trotter
1790 ca.: Edmond Malone
1790: Helen Maria Williams
1791: Robert Burns
1791: Mr. William Taylor
1791: Thomas Park
1792: John Corry
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1796: Charles Graham
1797: Thomas Park
1798: Alexander Campbell
1800: Mr. Woods
1802: W. G.
1803: Thomas Clio Rickman
1805: Walter Savage Landor
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1813: Rev. William Cameron
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: Thomas Barnes
1814: George Noble
1815: William Wordsworth
1816: George Scott
1818: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1818: A. C. L.
1818: Robert Carruthers
1822: Joseph Robertson
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: Allan Cunningham
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: Richard Ryan
1829: William Wordsworth
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1831: John Wilson
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1836: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1836: L. L.
1842: Robert Story
1880: George Saintsbury
1882: Epes Sargent
1894: William Minto
1814: James Thomson
Beyond the Cheviot mountains high,
Behold again the annual morn,
Soft dawning o'er th' autumnal sky,
When Thomson, Nature's bard, was born:
'Twas then the Muse with rapture smil'd,
And flung her mantle o'er the child,
And view'd with joy the lambent ray
Of heaven-born genius round him play;
While she the youthful Poet led,
Along the sylvan banks of Jed;
Bade Nature's beauties charm his ardent soul,
As in succession round the varying seasons roll.
When the mild call of genial Spring,
Bids the fair flowers and leaves expand,
And zephyrs light, on playful wing,
Breathe soft along the smiling land,
O'er blooming Nature's wide domain,
Afar he swell'd the dulcet strain,
Fair in his song, creation round
Arose, with vernal beauty crown'd;
While, born on amber pinions bright,
Love sheds o'er all his purple light;
Deludes the youth with soft seductive wile,
Or on domestic life bestows its happier smile.
Now high in Heaven with fervid heat,
Refulgent glows the summer sun;
He, to the woodland's cool retreat,
Retires, the scorching ray to shun;
There the bright season to display,
Again he wakes the mighty lay,
In strains sublime, while rolling loud
The thunder peals from yonder cloud,
With terror seized, the timid maid,
Close to her lover clings for aid,
While wing'd with fate the vollied lightning flies,
Struck in his folding arms the destined victim dies.
But see, where o'er the fertile plain,
Kind Autumn spreads his bounteous stores;
Rich wave the fields with golden grain,
And plenty round profusely pours.
Now, busy o'er the teeming lands,
Behold the jovial reaping bands
Cut down the yellow treasure fair,
Behind the gleaners pick their share.
With vivid tints to Nature true,
The joyous scene his fancy drew,
Poured forth his song, soft as the Western gale,
And charm'd each feeling heart with young Lavinia's tale.
Erewhile majestic on the storm,
He with sublime sensations saw
Stern Winter's dark terrific form,
On clouds condensed round Ruberslaw.
While the careering tempest flies
Impetuous through the murky skies,
On high his notes resounding soar,
Responsive of the whirlwind's roar:—
Anon — borne on the northern gale,
In mournful accents now they sail,
And bear along with plaintive wail
O'er the wild heath the hapless traveller's woe,
Who, far from home, expires beneath the drifted snow.
And now by sacred liberty
Inspir'd, he swells the exalted strain,
Or bids Britannia's heroes fly
To arms, her honour to maintain!
Then, borne on philosophic wing,
To Newton's mem'ry strikes the string,
While his lov'd patron claims the tear,
Sacred to worth and friendship dear—
Now, hark! his magic numbers swell,
'Mid bowers where Indolence doth dwell;
While round in soothing murmurs fly
The breeze-waked harp's soft symphony.
And now the tragic Muse inspires the song,
With scenes of soft distress to melt the list'ning throng.
Sweet Poet of the circling year!
Sad for thy death did Scotia mourn,
And still for thee the filial tear
She sheds o'er thy respected urn;
And bids her generous sons entwine,
The verdant laurel round thy shrine.
Meanwhile thy chaste and moral page
Shall be rever'd through every age,
And point the radiant path you trod,
"Through Nature, up to Nature's God;"
This is the noblest Monument of Fame!
And stampt with Virtue's seal eternal to thy name.