ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Mr. Woods, "Introductory to the Recitation of Passages of the Seasons, at the Commencement of Thomson's Birth-day, by the Knights Companions of the Cape" Scots Magazine 62 (October 1800) 703.
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
1800: James Thomson
Let Autumn's brow by Fancy crown'd,
Again th' appropriate wreath display,
And Music breathe her sweetest sound
To greet a Thomson's natal day.
And ye whose hearts in concord swell
If Nature's praise the song endear,
On his fair themes delighted dwell,
Where peerless shines the perfect year.
Ye circling Seasons, various Powers,
Still as ye change, his praise renew;
As Tweed reflects the pendant flowers,
Your Bard, as faithful, pictures you.
If Spring advance with modest mien,
While infant Zephyrs sport beside;
If Summer, languid, press the green,
Or with hot limb embrace the tide;
If Autumn bend her lovely form,
Beneath her ripen'd wealth oppress'd;
If Winter ride the howling storm,
Or on the mountain, frowning, rest:
Our Poet's song, for ever true,
Another Nature there we trace;
While o'er each scene Correctness drew,
Bright Genius shed peculiar grace.
Nor yet restrain'd with partial wing
To mark how roll'd the rural year,—
In human life the turns that spring
He ponder'd, with a glance as clear.
Each generous purpose of the soul
His to display with zeal confest;
The Passion, Scipio cou'd controul,
The Love, that warm'd Palaemon's breast.
Skill'd in the Drama's powerful art,
He storm'd the breast with grief, despair:
When he wou'd paint the social part,
He look'd within, and trac'd it there.
While favouring Heav'n this day return,
Shall Nature's votary hold it dear;
Still shall th' ingenious bosom burn
To spread the fame it must revere.
Let rural Youths promote the dance,
The rural Maid well pleas'd attend;
While grateful thoughts her smiles advance,
Pure homage to soft Beauty's Friend.
So oft, let Taste and Friendship meet,
And yield to decent Joy the sway;
Music, inspir'd, the strain repeat
That greets a Thomson's natal day.