1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Thomas Sanderson, in "Ode to the Genius of Cumberland" 1794; Original Poems (1800) 84, 226n.



Yon bank, yon bow'rs that rise so fair,
Where ISIS pours his stream along,
Where flow'rs their sweetest fragrance blend,
At the first breath of vernal air,
Have heard thy TICKELL'S magic song,
That gain'd in ADDISON a patron and a friend.


THOMAS TICKELL was born in 1686, at Bridekirk, in Cumberland, and died at Bath in 1740. His elegy on the death of his friend ADDISON is, in the opinion of Dr. JOHNSON, the best funeral poem in the English language: and, according to the same great Critic, his translation of the first book of HOMER is, in some lines, superior to POPE'S.