James Thomson
In Summer by James Thomson

In Summer by James Thomson

Confess'd from yonder slow-extinguish'd clouds, All ether softening, sober Evening takes Her wonted station in the middle air; She sends on earth; then that of deeper dye ...

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To Sir William Bennet by James Thomson

To Sir William Bennet by James Thomson

My trembling muse your honour does address, That it's a bold attempt most humbly I confess; If you'll encourage her young fagging flight, She'll upwards soar and mount ...

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The Seasonse by James Thomson

The Seasonse by James Thomson

See! Winter comes, to rule the varied Year, Sullen, and sad; with all his rising Train, Vapours, and Clouds, and Storms: Be these my Theme, These, that exalt the Soul to solemn ...

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Winter by James Thomson

Winter by James Thomson

SEE! Winter comes, to rule the varied Year, Sullen, and sad; with all his rising Train,Vapours, and Clouds, and Storms: Be these my Theme,These, that exalt the Soul to solemn ...

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Complaint On The Miseries Of Life by James Thomson

Complaint On The Miseries Of Life by James Thomson

I loathe, O Lord, this life below, And all its fading fleeting joys; 'Tis a short space that's fill'd with woe, Which all our bliss by far outweighs. When will the everlasting ...

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Hymn by James Thomson

Hymn by James Thomson

These, as they change, Almighty Father, these Are but the varied God. The rolling year Is full of thee. Forth in the pleasing Spring Thy beauty walks, Thy tenderness and love. ...

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To The Nightingale by James Thomson

To The Nightingale by James Thomson

O nightingale, best poet of the grove,That plaintive strain can ne'er belong to thee,Blessed in the full possession of thy love:O lend that strain, sweet Nighingale, to me!'Tis ...

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He, When Young Spring Protrudes The Bursting Gems by James Thomson

He, When Young Spring Protrudes The Bursting Gems by James Thomson

He, when young Spring protrudes the bursting gems,Into his freshened soul; her genial hoursHe full enjoys; and not a beauty blowsAnd not an opening blossom breathes in vain.In ...

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A Complaint On The Miseries Of Life by James Thomson

A Complaint On The Miseries Of Life by James Thomson

I loathe, O Lord, this life below, And all its fading fleeting joys; 'Tis a short space that's fill'd with woe, Which all our bliss by far outweighs. When will the everlasting ...

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Sunday Up The River by James Thomson

Sunday Up The River by James Thomson

MY love o'er the water bends dreaming; It glideth and glideth away: She sees there her own beauty, gleaming Through shadow and ripple and spray. O tell her, thou murmuring ...

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The Wine of Love by James Thomson

The Wine of Love by James Thomson

THE wine of Love is music, And the feast of Love is song: And when Love sits down to the banquet, Love sits long: Sits long and arises drunken, But not with the feast and ...

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Contentment by James Thomson

Contentment by James Thomson

If those who live in shepherd's bower,Press not the rich and stately bed;The new-mown hay and breathing flowerA softer couch beneath them spread.If those who sit at shepherd's ...

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Fareweel, Ye Bughts by James Thomson

Fareweel, Ye Bughts by James Thomson

* 1. Fareweel, ye bughts, an' all your ewes, An' fields whare bIoomin' heather grows; Nae mair the sportin' lambs I'll see Since my true love's forsaken me. CHORUS. Nae mair I'll ...

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Gifts by James Thomson

Gifts by James Thomson

GIVE a man a horse he can ride, Give a man a boat he can sail; And his rank and wealth, his strength and health, On sea nor shore shall fail. Give a man a pipe he can smoke, ...

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A Pastoral Entertainment by James Thomson

A Pastoral Entertainment by James Thomson

While in heroic numbers some relate The amazing turns of wise eternal fate; Exploits of heroes in the dusty field, That to their name immortal honour yield; Grant me, ye powers, ...

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Hymn On Solitude by James Thomson

Hymn On Solitude by James Thomson

Hail, mildly pleasing solitude,Companion of the wise and good;But, from whose holy, piercing eye,The herd of fools, and villains fly.Oh! how I love with thee to walk,And listen to ...

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Evening In Autumn by James Thomson

Evening In Autumn by James Thomson

The western sun withdrawn the shorten'd day,And humid evening, gliding o'er the skyIn her chill progress, to the ground condensedThe vapours throws. Where creeping waters ...

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An Elegy Upon James Therburn, In Chatto by James Thomson

An Elegy Upon James Therburn, In Chatto by James Thomson

Now, Chatto, you're a dreary place,Pale sorrow broods on ilka face;Therburn has run his race.And now, and now, ah me, alas!The carl lies dead.Having his paternoster said,He took a ...

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The Seasons: Winter by James Thomson

The Seasons: Winter by James Thomson

See! Winter comes, to rule the varied Year, Sullen, and sad; with all his rising Train,Vapours, and Clouds, and Storms: Be these my Theme,These, that exalt the Soul to solemn ...

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A Paraphrase On The Latter Part Of The Sixth Chapter Of St Matthew by James Thomson

A Paraphrase On The Latter Part Of The Sixth Chapter Of St Matthew by James Thomson

When my breast labours with oppressive care,And o'er my cheek descends the falling tear:While all my warring passions are at strife,Oh! let me listen to the words of life!Raptures ...

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Evening In Summer by James Thomson

Evening In Summer by James Thomson

Confess'd from yonder slow-extinguish'd clouds,All ether softening, sober Evening takesHer wonted station in the middle air;She sends on earth; then that of deeper dyeSteals soft ...

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A Poetical Epistle To Sir William Bennet, Bart. Of Grubbat by James Thomson

A Poetical Epistle To Sir William Bennet, Bart. Of Grubbat by James Thomson

My trembling muse your honour does address,That it's a bold attempt most humbly I confess;If you'll encourage her young fagging flight,She'll upwards soar and mount Parnassus' ...

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Come, Gentle God by James Thomson

Come, Gentle God by James Thomson

Come, gentle God of soft desire,Come and possess my happy breast,Not fury-like in flames and fire,Or frantic folly's wildness dressed;But come in friendship's angel-guise;Yet ...

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Cattle In Summer by James Thomson

Cattle In Summer by James Thomson

Around th' adjoining brook, that purls alongThe vocal grove, now fretting o'er a rock,Now scarcely moving through a reedy pool, Now starting to a sudden stream, and nowGently ...

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A Hymn by James Thomson

A Hymn by James Thomson

These, as they change, Almighty Father, theseAre but the varied God. The rolling yearIs full of thee. Forth in the pleasing SpringThy beauty walks, Thy tenderness and love.Wide ...

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The Rainbow by James Thomson

The Rainbow by James Thomson

Moist, bright, and green, the landscape laughs around.Full swell the woods; their every music wakes,Mix'd in wild concert, with the warbling brooksIncreased, the distant bleatings ...

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An Elegy On Parting by James Thomson

An Elegy On Parting by James Thomson

It was a sad, ay 'twas a sad farewell, I still afresh the pangs of parting feel; Against my breast my heart impatient beat, And in deep sighs bemoan'd its cruel fate; Thus with ...

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Death Of The Stag by James Thomson

Death Of The Stag by James Thomson

The stag, too, singled from the herd, where longHe ranged, the branching monarch of the shade,Before the tempest drives. At first, in speedHe, sprightly, puts his faith, and, ...

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A Pastoral Betwixt David, Thirsis, And The Angel Gabriel, Upon The Birth Of Our Saviour by James Thomson

A Pastoral Betwixt David, Thirsis, And The Angel Gabriel, Upon The Birth Of Our Saviour by James Thomson

DAVID.What means yon apparition in the sky, Thirsis, that dazzles every shepherd's eye? I slumbering was when from yon glorious cloud Came gliding music heavenly, sweet, and loud, ...

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Care Of Birds For Their Young by James Thomson

Care Of Birds For Their Young by James Thomson

As thus the patient dam assiduous sits, Not to be tempted from her tender task,Or by sharp hunger, or by smooth delight,Tho' the whole loosen'd spring around her blows,Her ...

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Epilogue To Agamemnon by James Thomson

Epilogue To Agamemnon by James Thomson

Our bard, to modern epilogue a foe, Thinks such mean mirth but deadens generous woe; Dispels in idle air the moral sigh, And wipes the tender tear from Pity's eye: No more with ...

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A Summer Noon by James Thomson

A Summer Noon by James Thomson

'Tis raging noon; and, vertical, the sunDarts on the head direct his forceful rays.O'er heaven and earth, far as the ranging eyeCan sweep, a dazzling deluge reigns; and allFrom ...

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Dawn In Summer by James Thomson

Dawn In Summer by James Thomson

When now no more th' alternate twins are fired,And Cancer reddens with the solar blaze,Short is the doubtful empire of the Night;And soon, observant of approaching Day,The ...

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Epilogue To Tancred And Sigismunda by James Thomson

Epilogue To Tancred And Sigismunda by James Thomson

Cramm'd to the throat with wholesome moral stuff, Alas! poor audience! you have had enough. Was ever hapless heroine of a play In such a piteous plight as ours to-day? Was ever ...

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Farewell To Ravelrig by James Thomson

Farewell To Ravelrig by James Thomson

* Sweet Ravelrig, I ne'er could part From thee, but wi' a dowie heart. When I think on the happy days I spent in youth about your braes, When innocence my steps did guide, Where ...

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The Morning Lark by James Thomson

The Morning Lark by James Thomson

Feather'd lyric, warbling high,Sweetly gaining on the sky,Op'ning with thy matin lay(Nature's hymn) the eye of day,Teach my soul, on early wing,Thus to soar and thus to sing.While ...

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A Nuptial Song by James Thomson

A Nuptial Song by James Thomson

Come, gentle Venus! and assuageA warring world, a bleeding age.For nature lives beneath thy ray,The wintry tempests haste away,A lucid calm invests the sea,Thy native deep is full ...

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A Man Perishing In The Snow: From Whence Reflections Are Raised On The Miseries Of Life. by James Thomson

A Man Perishing In The Snow: From Whence Reflections Are Raised On The Miseries Of Life. by James Thomson

As thus the snows arise; and foul and fierce,All winter drives along the darken'd air;In his own loose-revolving fields, the swain Disaster'd stands; sees other hills ascend,Of ...

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Epitaph On Miss Stanley, In Holyrood Church, Southampton by James Thomson

Epitaph On Miss Stanley, In Holyrood Church, Southampton by James Thomson

E. S.Once a lively image of human nature,Such as God made itWhen he pronounced every work of his to be good.To the memory of Elizabeth Stanley,Daughter of George and Sarah ...

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On Beauty by James Thomson

On Beauty by James Thomson

Beauty deserves the homage of the muse: Shall mine, rebellious, the dear theme refuse? No; while my breast respires the vital air, Wholly I am devoted to the fair. Beauty I'll ...

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Spring Showers by James Thomson

Spring Showers by James Thomson

The north-east spends his rage; he now shut upWithin his iron cave, th' effusive southWarms the wide air, and o'er the void of heavenBreathes the big clouds with vernal showers ...

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Lines On Marle Field by James Thomson

Lines On Marle Field by James Thomson

What is the task that to the muse belongs? What but to deck in her harmonious songs The beauteous works of nature and of art, Rural retreats that cheer the heavy heart? Then Marle ...

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On  A Country Life by James Thomson

On A Country Life by James Thomson

I hate the clamours of the smoky towns, But much admire the bliss of rural clowns; Where some remains of innocence appear, Where no rude noise insults the listening ear; Nought ...

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To The Reverend Patrick Murdoch, Rector Of Stradishall, In Suffolk by James Thomson

To The Reverend Patrick Murdoch, Rector Of Stradishall, In Suffolk by James Thomson

Thus safely low, my friend, thou canst not fall:Here reigns a deep tranquillity o'er all;No noise, no care, no vanity, no strife;Men, woods, and fields, all breathe untroubled ...

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To Amanda – Come, Dear Amanda, Quit The Town by James Thomson

To Amanda – Come, Dear Amanda, Quit The Town by James Thomson

Come, dear Amanda, quit the town, And to the rural hamlets fly; Behold! the wintry storms are gone; A gentle radiance glads the sky. The birds awake, the flowers appear, Earth ...

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To Seraphina by James Thomson

To Seraphina by James Thomson

The wanton's charms, however bright,Are like the false illusive lightWhose flattering unauspicious blaze To precipices oft betrays:But that sweet ray your beauties dart,Which ...

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To Love (Amanda) by James Thomson

To Love (Amanda) by James Thomson

Sweet tyrant Love,- but hear me now!And cure while young this pleasing smart;Or rather aid my trembling vow,And teach me to reveal my heart.Tell her, whose goodness is my ...

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Rule Britannia by James Thomson

Rule Britannia by James Thomson

When Britain first, at Heaven's command,Arose from out the azure main;This was the charter of the land,And guardian angels sung this strain:"Rule, Britannia, rule the ...

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Lavinia by James Thomson

Lavinia by James Thomson

The lovely young Lavinia once had friends;And fortune smiled deceitful on her birth:For, in her helpless years deprived of all,Of every stay, save innocence and Heaven,She, with ...

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Verses On Receiving A Flower From His Mistress by James Thomson

Verses On Receiving A Flower From His Mistress by James Thomson

Madam, the flower that I received from you, Ere I came home, had lost its lovely hue: As flowers deprived of the genial day, Its sprightly bloom did wither and decay; Dear, fading ...

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