1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

James De La Cour, "Epitaph on Mr. Thomson" Universal Magazine 3 (November 1748) 224.



And dieth Thomson as the soul must die,
Whose thoughts all perish with his memory?
No: death reveres the scribe's immortal mind,
His wit, tho' dead, yet lives to all mankind;
Which hymn'd the seasons with its Angel tongue,
And with the morning stars in concert sung:
Here Liberty time waits on to the last,
And Fame o'er Genius blows a fun'ral blast;
There doleful tragedy delights to mourn,
Ev'n Indolence with tears attends thy urn!
The world of sense for worth departed sighs,
And Wisdom weeps, when Understanding dies.