1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

G. G., in "To a Young Lady in Scotland" London Magazine 27 (January 1758) 46.



With tender feeling and descriptive art,
Let Thompson charm, thy mind, and melt thy heart,
Thompson! enamour'd Nature's darling care,
Who bade him all her noblest talents share;
With him to streams, and groves, and vales retir'd,
Inform'd his judgment, and his fancy fir'd,
Consign'd her faithful pencil to his hand,
And taught him all her wonders to expand.
So strong his colours, so divine his art,
Such beauty forms, such life inspires each part,
With keener transports scarce our eyes pursue
The great original, from which he drew.