ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On the Death of the celebrated James Thomson, in his Manner" Gentleman's Magazine 18 (September 1748) 423.
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
Farewel, now sojourner on earth no more!
Farewel, immortal denizen of heav'n!
Deign, as thy flight, uncheck'd, unbounded now,
Measures yon blue immense, and passes there
Heav'n's rolling wonders, worlds round worlds revolv'd,
Round systems, systems, infinite! stupendous!
Deign, from this point of darkness and of woe,
To hear the sigh of social love, the praise
That friendship yields, th' o'erflowing of the heart.
Methinks I feel thy influence in my breast,
And catch the pleasing frenzy of thy song!
Thy song that shall on earth embalm thy name,
Fragrant from age to age; thou, nature's friend,
And nature's boast recorded, lov'd and known,
Till seasons lose their name, and nature die.
Gen'rous, sincere, sublimely simple man!
Thy nervous sense, in musick softly breath'd,
Joins with the sweet, the strong, thy scenes
With all imagination's colours glow,
Yet still distinguish truth's unspotted white.
There Virtue roves, thy Venus she, unblam'd,
Whose steps with grace attends, and hallow'd love,
The source, the band, the joy of all below!
O happy spirit! if to thee 'tis giv'n
Earth to revisit yet again, and shed,
Unseen, a secret influence on the soul,
O! let him, like thee, with inward peace to smile
Amidst the roar of war, and fall of states!
Escaping from the world, to sill retreats,
And pleasing solitude, with happy skill
To touch the Doric reed, to sooth at once
And harmonize the mind; O tell me where
Thy willing Muses stray, ne'er woo'd in vain;
Indulgent to my voice, invoking oft,
O! let them dwell with me, and give my lays
Perfection, and my life a bliss like thine!