1736 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Alexander Bayne to William Duncombe, March 1736; Duncombe, Letters of Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 2:89.



In answer to a part of your letter concerning Mr. Thomson's "seasons," if he has gathered any helps from any of our ancient poets, it must have been some of the prologues of Gawin Douglas's "translation of the Aeneid," which has been much admired. He was one of our bishops before the reformation, and famous for his learning and knowledge of the classics in particular. But I don't find Mr. Thomson has borrowed so much from that author as to give him the name, in any degree, of being a plagiary.