The Happy Man By James Thomson

The Happy Man He’s not the happy man, to whom is given A plenteous fortune by indulgent Heaven; Whose gilded roofs on shining columns rise,…

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On A Country Life By James Thomson

On A Country Life I hate the clamours of the smoky towns, But much admire the bliss of rural clowns; Where some remains of innocence…

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A Poem Sacred To The Memory Of Sir Isaac Newton By James Thomson

A Poem Sacred To The Memory Of Sir Isaac Newton Shall the great soul of Newton quit this earth, To mingle with his stars; and…

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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 Thus safely low, my friend, thou canst not fall: Here reigns a deep tranquillity o’er…

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Spring Showers By James Thomson

Spring Showers The north-east spends his rage; he now shut up Within his iron cave, th’ effusive south Warms the wide air, and o’er the…

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

He, When Young Spring Protrudes The Bursting Gems He, when young Spring protrudes the bursting gems, Into his freshened soul; her genial hours He full…

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Waterfall By James Thomson

Waterfall Smooth to the shelving brink a copious flood Rolls fair and placid: where collected all, In one impetuous torrent down the steep It thundering…

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

To Amanda – Come, Dear Amanda, Quit The Town Come, dear Amanda, quit the town, And to the rural hamlets fly; Behold! the wintry storms…

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Prologue To Mallet’s Mustapha By James Thomson

Prologue To Mallet’s Mustapha Since Athens first began to draw mankind, To picture life, and show the impassion’d mind; The truly wise have ever deem’d…

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Death Of The Stag By James Thomson

Death Of The Stag The stag, too, singled from the herd, where long He ranged, the branching monarch of the shade, Before the tempest drives….

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The Four Seasons Spring By James Thomson

The Four Seasons Spring Come, gentle Spring! ethereal Mildness! come, And from the bosom of yon dropping cloud, While music wakes around, veil’d in a…

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Nothing Formed In Vain By James Thomson

Nothing Formed In Vain Let no presuming impious railer tax Creative wisdom, as if aught was form’d In vain, or not for admirable ends. Shall…

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A Pastoral Entertainment By James Thomson

A Pastoral Entertainment While in heroic numbers some relate The amazing turns of wise eternal fate; Exploits of heroes in the dusty field, That to…

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To The God Of Fond Desire By James Thomson

To The God Of Fond Desire One day the God of fond desire, On mischief bent, to Damon said, ‘Why not disclose your tender fire,…

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Songs In The Masque Of Alfred; To Peace By James Thomson

Songs In The Masque Of Alfred; To Peace O Peace! the fairest child of heaven, To whom the sylvan reign was given, The vale, the…

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Happiness Of A Country Life By James Thomson

Happiness Of A Country Life Oh! knew he but his happiness, of men The happiest he, who, far from public rage, Deep in the vale,…

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Verses On Receiving A Flower From His Mistress By James Thomson

Verses On Receiving A Flower From His Mistress Madam, the flower that I received from you, Ere I came home, had lost its lovely hue:…

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The Wine of Love By James Thomson

The Wine of Love THE wine of Love is music,    And the feast of Love is song: And when Love sits down to the banquet,…

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On The Report That A Wooden Bridge Was To Be Built At Westminster By James Thomson

On The Report That A Wooden Bridge Was To Be Built At Westminster By Rufus’ hall, where Thames polluted flows, Provoked, the Genius of the…

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Dawn In Summer By James Thomson

Dawn In Summer When now no more th’ alternate twins are fired, And Cancer reddens with the solar blaze, Short is the doubtful empire of…

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The Four Seasons Winter By James Thomson

The Four Seasons Winter See, Winter comes, to rule the varied year, Sullen and sad, with all his rising train; Vapours, and clouds, and storms….

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Noontide Retreat Of Summer As A Haunt For Meditation By James Thomson

Noontide Retreat Of Summer As A Haunt For Meditation Shook sudden from the bosom of the sky, A thousand shapes, or glide athwart the dusk,…

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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 DAVID. What means yon apparition in the sky, Thirsis, that…

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To Seraphina By James Thomson

To Seraphina The wanton’s charms, however bright, Are like the false illusive light Whose flattering unauspicious blaze To precipices oft betrays: But that sweet ray…

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Songs In The Masque Of Alfred; To Alfred By James Thomson

Songs In The Masque Of Alfred; To Alfred First Spirit. Hear, Alfred, father of the state, Thy genius Heaven’s high will declare! What proves the…

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Gifts By James Thomson

Gifts GIVE a man a horse he can ride,    Give a man a boat he can sail; And his rank and wealth, his strength and…

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Verses Addressed To Amanda By James Thomson

Verses Addressed To Amanda Ah, urged too late! from beauty’s bondage free, Why did I trust my liberty with thee? And thou, why didst thou,…

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The Study And Beauties Of The Works Of Nature By James Thomson

The Study And Beauties Of The Works Of Nature O Nature! all-sufficient! over all! Enrich me with the knowledge of Thy works! Snatch me to…

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On The Hoop By James Thomson

On The Hoop The hoop, the darling justly of the fair, Of every generous swain deserves the care. It is unmanly to desert the weak,…

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Contentment By James Thomson

Contentment If those who live in shepherd’s bower, Press not the rich and stately bed; The new-mown hay and breathing flower A softer couch beneath…

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The Effects Of Spring On Nature By James Thomson

The Effects Of Spring On Nature See where the winding vale its lavish stores, Irriguous, spreads. See, how the lily drinks The latent rill, scarce…

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Mists In Autumn By James Thomson

Mists In Autumn Now, by the cool, declining year condescend, Descend the copious exhalations, check’d, As up the middle sky unseen they stole, And roll…

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A Pastoral Between Thirsis And Corydon, Upon The Death Of Damon, By Whom Is Meant Mr. W. Riddell By James Thomson

A Pastoral Between Thirsis And Corydon, Upon The Death Of Damon, By Whom Is Meant Mr. W. Riddell Thir. Say, tell me true, what is…

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To The Nightingale By James Thomson

To The Nightingale O nightingale, best poet of the grove, That plaintive strain can ne’er belong to thee, Blessed in the full possession of thy…

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Sheep-Sheering By James Thomson

Sheep-Sheering In one diffusive band, They drive the troubled flocks, by many a dog Compell’d to where the mazy-running brook Forms a deep pool; this…

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From Those Eternal Regions By James Thomson

From Those Eternal Regions From those eternal regions bright, Where suns, that never set in night, Diffuse the golden day; Where Spring, unfading, pours around,…

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The Reapers In Autumn By James Thomson

The Reapers In Autumn Soon as the morning trembles o’er the sky, And unperceived, unfolds the spreading day; Before the ripen’d field the reapers stand,…

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On The Death Of Mr Aikman By James Thomson

On The Death Of Mr Aikman Oh, could I draw, my friend, thy genuine mind, Just as the living forms by thee designed; Of Raphael’s…

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Come, Gentle God By James Thomson

Come, Gentle God Come, gentle God of soft desire, Come and possess my happy breast, Not fury-like in flames and fire, Or frantic folly’s wildness…

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The Four Seasons Autumn By James Thomson

The Four Seasons Autumn Crown’d with the sickle and the wheaten sheaf, While Autumn, nodding o’er the yellow plain, Comes jovial on; the Doric reed…

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Lisy’s Parting With Her Cat By James Thomson

Lisy’s Parting With Her Cat The dreadful hour with leaden pace approached, Lashed fiercely on by unrelenting fate, When Lisy and her bosom Cat must…

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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 When my breast labours with oppressive care, And o’er my cheek descends…

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To The Same (Amanda) With A Copy Of The ‘seasons’ By James Thomson

To The Same (Amanda) With A Copy Of The ‘seasons’ Accept, loved Nymph, this tribute due To tender friendship, love, and you: But with it…

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Song By James Thomson

Song When blooming spring Arrays the laughing fields in green, Then flowers in open air are seen, And warbling birds are heard to sing, Almighty…

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Farewell To Ravelrig By James Thomson

Farewell To Ravelrig * Sweet Ravelrig, I ne’er could part From thee, but wi’ a dowie heart. When I think on the happy days I…

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The Seasons Winter By James Thomson

The Seasons Winter See! Winter comes, to rule the varied Year, Sullen, and sad; with all his rising Train, Vapours, and Clouds, and Storms: Be…

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On The Death Of His Mother By James Thomson

On The Death Of His Mother Ye fabled Muses, I your aid disclaim, Your airy raptures, and your fancied flame; True genuine woe my throbbing…

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Cattle In Summer By James Thomson

Cattle In Summer Around th’ adjoining brook, that purls along The vocal grove, now fretting o’er a rock, Now scarcely moving through a reedy pool,…

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The Four Seasons Summer By James Thomson

The Four Seasons Summer From brightening fields of ether fair disclosed, Child of the Sun, refulgent Summer comes, In pride of youth, and felt through…

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Lines On Marle Field By James Thomson

Lines On Marle Field What is the task that to the muse belongs? What but to deck in her harmonious songs The beauteous works of…

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A Nuptial Song By James Thomson

A Nuptial Song Come, gentle Venus! and assuage A warring world, a bleeding age. For nature lives beneath thy ray, The wintry tempests haste away,…

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To The Memory Of The Right Honourable Lord Talbot By James Thomson

To The Memory Of The Right Honourable Lord Talbot, Late Chancellor Of Great Britain. Addressed To His Son. While with the public, you, my Lord,…

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Scene Between May And June By James Thomson

Scene Between May And June In lowly dale, fast by a river’s side, With woody hill o’er hill encompass’d round, A most enchanting wizard did…

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Fareweel, Ye Bughts By James Thomson

Fareweel, Ye Bughts * 1. Fareweel, ye bughts, an’ all your ewes, An’ fields whare bIoomin’ heather grows; Nae mair the sportin’ lambs I’ll see…

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The Morning Lark By James Thomson

The Morning Lark 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…

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On Mrs Mendez’ Birthday, Who Was Born On Valentine’s Day By James Thomson

On Mrs Mendez’ Birthday, Who Was Born On Valentine’s Day Thine is the gentle day of love, When youths and virgins try their fate; When,…

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Care Of Birds For Their Young By James Thomson

Care Of Birds For Their Young As thus the patient dam assiduous sits, Not to be tempted from her tender task, Or by sharp hunger,…

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The Castle Of Indolence By James Thomson

The Castle Of Indolence The castle hight of Indolence, And its false luxury; Where for a little time, alas! We lived right jollily. O mortal…

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Lavinia By James Thomson

Lavinia The lovely young Lavinia once had friends; And fortune smiled deceitful on her birth: For, in her helpless years deprived of all, Of every…

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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. As thus the snows arise; and foul and fierce,…

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