ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Academicus, "Panegyrick on Thomson" Massachusetts Magazine or Monthly Museum 1 (February 1789) 118.
1726 ca.: Aaron Hill
1727: David Mallet
1729: Edward Young
1729: Richard Savage
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1733: Richard Savage
1734: Rev. James De La Cour
1736: Gibert West
1736: Rev. Moses Browne
1736: Alexander Bayne
1746: William Shenstone
1746: Alexander Carlyle
1748: George Lyttelton
1748: Robert Shiels
1748 ca.: Anonymous
1748 ca.: William Shenstone
1748: Rev. James De La Cour
1749: William Collins
1750: George Lyttelton
1750 ca.: Rev. William Thompson
1751: Moses Mendez
1758: G. G.
1763: Rev. William Thompson
1770: J. S.
1770: W. B.
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1776: Samuel Johnson
1778: James Beattie
1782: J. Gest of Modbury
1788: Thomas Trotter
1790 ca.: Edmond Malone
1790: Helen Maria Williams
1791: Robert Burns
1791: Mr. William Taylor
1791: Thomas Park
1792: John Corry
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1796: Charles Graham
1797: Thomas Park
1798: Alexander Campbell
1800: Mr. Woods
1802: W. G.
1803: Thomas Clio Rickman
1805: Walter Savage Landor
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1813: Rev. William Cameron
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: Thomas Barnes
1814: George Noble
1815: William Wordsworth
1816: George Scott
1818: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1818: A. C. L.
1818: Robert Carruthers
1822: Joseph Robertson
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: Allan Cunningham
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: Richard Ryan
1829: William Wordsworth
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1831: John Wilson
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1836: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1836: L. L.
1842: Robert Story
1880: George Saintsbury
1882: Epes Sargent
1894: William Minto
1756: Rev. Thomas Warton
1789: James Thomson
1791: Joseph Addison
1792: Rev. William Mason
1819: Bp. Lewis Bagot
Come, youthful muse, who, erst in cloister drear,
Didst chime, adventurous, thy poetick bells,
In jingling lays no longer vainly strive,
With brother bards, the laurel meed to gain.
Thine be the task, in rhyme unfetter'd verse,
To hail the master of the rural song,
And sing the beauties of a Thomson's page.
To thee with reverence bends the raptur'd muse,
Thee to extol loud chaunts her aukward strain,
The strain tho' dissonant, sublime the theme
And copious, if she sing a Thomson's praise.
Nature, indulgent to a thoughtless world,
Had long display'd the wonders of her hand;
While busy man, in low pursuits involv'd,
Or else reclining on the silken couch
Of luxury, foe to nature's simple charms,
With eye averted scarcely deign to view
The scenes enchanting, which her pencil form'd.
The indignant goddess call'd her favourite son,
To him her pencil, and her landscape gave,
And bade him paint anew the sylvan scene.
The bard obey'd; with softened tints retouch'd
Great Nature's work, and, when the goddess view'd,
She deeply blush'd, and own'd herself outdone.
The grateful seasons, in their annual round,
With ardour emulous gifts conferr'd on thee.
First, blooming Spring crop'd from the verdant mead
A chaplet gay, thy temples to entwine,
And ardent Summer, at meridian hour,
When Phebus rag'd, and Zephyr ceas'd to breathe,
Yielded the oak umbrageous where reclin'd
You held high converse with the sylvan gods.
Mild Autumn, sedulous, rang'd Pomona's grove,
And pluck'd the ripest fruits to deck her board.
Winter came last, high pil'd the blazing hearth,
Restrain'd is winds, and gave the studious hour.
At early dawn, the evanescent forms
Of pensive Dryads breathe in fancy's ear
This plausive strain, in memory of their bard,
"While artful anglers lure the finny prey,
While fervent youths bathe in the lucid stream,
While jocund shepherds whet their sounding shears,
Around the shepherd's cot while Boreas howls,
And brumal snow oppress the leafless bough,
So long shall Thomson's wood notes charm the ear,
So long his moral page improve the heart."