1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Octavia, "Eulogy for Thomson, the Poet" Philadelphia Repertory 1 (16 March 1811) 365.



Hail nature's poet! whom she taught alone
To sing her works in number likes her own;
Sweet as the thrush that warbles in the dale,
And soft as Philomela's tender tale,
She lent her pencil too of wond'rous power,
To catch the rainbow, or to form the flower
Of many mingled hues, then, smiling, said,
(But first with laurel crown'd her favorite's head)
These beauteous children, though so fair they shine,
Each in my seasons, let them live in thine,
And live they shall, the charm of every eye,
Till nature's sickens and the seasons die.