1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Helen Maria Wiliams, "Characters of English Poets: Thomson" Universal Magazine 87 (November 1790) 257.



O Nature! thou whose works divine
Such rapture in this breast inspire,
As makes me dream one spark is mine
Of Poesy's celestial fire;
When doom'd for London smoke to leave
The kindling morn's unfolding view,
Which ever wears some aspect new,
And all the shadowy forms of soothing eve;

Then, Thomson, then be ever near,
And paint whatever season reigns;
Still let me see the varying year,
And worship Nature in thy strains;
Now, when the wintry tempests roll,
Unfold their dark and desolating form,
Rush in the savage madness of the storm,
And spread those horrors that exalt my soul.