ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
George Scott, "Verses on the Anniversaries of Thomson's Birth-Day, 1816" Heath Flowers, or Mountain Melodies (1820) 98-100.
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
1816: James Thomson
O for some portion of that skill
Which prompts of Scotia's bards the sire;
Or of that strength which stamps thee still
Great master of the Aeolian lyre;
Then would I frame such matchless lays,
As well deserves thy peerless praise,
Sweet poet of the "rolling year;"
Fling from my shell such fairy tones,
That Naiads, in their osier zones,
From Eden's oozy caves would start with ravish'd ear!
But artless is the minstrel wight
Who sweeps with trembling hand each string;
Viewing from far th' adventurous height,
Tamed fancy flags with drooping wing.
Theme, worthy of a seraph's tong,
Thy praises, Thomson, shall be sung,
Where genius bids bold science soar;
Where Ganges glides through Brachma's land;
Where Plata laves the western strand,
Pealing from Dieman's Cape to Zembla's frozen shore.
Thou, Albion, favour'd land of heaven,
'Tis thine the anthem to prolong:
Queen of the Isles! to thee, 'tis given
To hail thy native poet's song.
But chiefly, ye of pastoral Tweed,
Where first he tuned his "Doric reed,"
O, weave a chaplet for his brow!
Go, bid the polish'd column rise,
Pointing his glory to the skies,—
Can Scotia's honest pride the flattering thought forego?
Deign'st thou to view, by times, blest shade!
As leaning from the lucid skies,
The spot where patriot Buchan bade
Thy tributary temple rise?
Methinks in future times I see,
Sacred to Thomson's Memory,
By Eden's strand the obelisk shine;
Yet happier still, sweet bard, thy part,—
Sculptur'd on every Briton's heart,
Thy proud Mausoleum beams in nature's own design!
While bursts the germe, and harvest wave,
Thy name, great poet, still shall live;
While summers smile, and winters rave,
Thy page the virtous glow shall give:
Till weary Nature seek repose,
And, Ages drawing to a close,
THE SEASONS cease their long career;
When from his sphere yon sun is hurl'd,
When sinks in flames the ruin'd world,
And Time is swallow'd up in one Eternal Year!