1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chalmers

John Taylor Esq., "To George Chalmers, Esq. the Possessor of a Table and Wine-Glass which belonged to Thomson the Poet" Morning Post (24 March 1817).



Friend CHALMERS, 'tis a noble treat
At THOMSON'S hallowed board to meet—
THE BARD OF NATURE'S sphere—
The Bard who, long as ages roll,
And Nature animate the whole,
Taste, virtue will revere.

'Tis surely form'd of BRITAIN'S oak,
That bears her thunders dreadful stroke
O'er all her subject main:—
For, lo! BRITANNIA'S sacred Laws,
And LIBERTY'S congenial cause,
Inspir'd his patriot strain.

Not ARTHUR'S with his Knights around,
By fond tradition long renown'd,
Should equal thine in fame.
Nor that where plates the Trojans ate,
Portentous of a happier fate,
Though grac'd with VIRGIL'S name.

The Poet's Goblets, too, are thine—
With votive bumpers let them shine,
In THOMSON'S praise to ring,
Whose Works, through Summer's parching glow,
Sear'd AUTUMN, WINTER'S blighting snow,
Will bloom in endless SPRING.