1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Anonymous, "Thomson's Monument in Westminster Abbey" London Chronicle (11 May 1762) 446.



This morning was opened in Westminster Abbey a monument, erected to the memory of JAMES THOMSON, Author of the Seasons, and other poetical Works. It is situated between Shakespear's and Rowe's, and executed by Michael Henry Spang, Statuary, after a design of Mr. Adam, Architect to his Majesty. There is a figure of Mr. Thomson sitting, who leans his left arm upon a pedestal, and holds a book with the cap of Liberty in his other hand. Upon the pedestal is carved a bas-relief of the Seasons, to which a boy points, offering him a laurel crown as the reward of his genius. At the feet of the figure, is the tragick mask, and ancient harp. The whole is supported by a projecting pedestal, and in a pannel, is the following inscription.

JAMES THOMSON.
Aetatis 48, Obiit 27 August, 1748.
Tutor'd by thee, sweet Poetry exalts
Her voice to ages; and informs the page
With music, image, sentiment, and thoughts,
Never to die!

This monument was erected 1762.