James Thomson was a Scottish poet and playwright, known for his masterpiece The Seasons and the lyrics of Rule, Britannia!.
James Thomson was born in Ednam in Roxburghshire around 11 September 1700 and baptised on 15 September. The fourth of nine children of Thomas Thomson and Beatrix Thomson (née Trotter). Beatrix Thomson was born in Fogo, Berwickshire and was a distant relation of the house of Hume. Thomas Thomson was the Presbyterian minister of Ednam until eight weeks after Thomson’s birth, when he was admitted as minister of Southdean, where Thomson spent most of his early years.
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- In the Train
- The Seasons: Winter
- A Poem Sacred to the Memory of Sir Isaac...
- Fareweel, ye bughts
- The Four Seasons : Summer
- Hymn on Solitude
- The Vine
- Evening In Autumn
- Farewell to Ravelrig
- Death of the Stag
- A Hymn
- Dawn In Summer
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When Britain first, at Heaven's command,James Thomson (1700-1748), British poet, and David Mallet (1705?-1765). Alfred, A Masque: Rule Brittania (l. 1-6). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, ...
Arose from out the azure main,
This was the charter of her land,
And guardian angels sung the strain:
Rule, Britannia! Britannia ru...
The savage soul of game is up at onceJames Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Autumn (l. 71-75). . . Fellow Mortals; an Anthology of Animal Verse. Roy Fuller, comp. (1981) MacDonald ...
The pack full-opening various, the shrill horn
Resounded from the hills, the neighing steed
Wild for the chase, and the loud hunter's s...
''Poor is the triumph o'er the timid hare!James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Autumn (l. 71-75). . . Fellow Mortals; an Anthology of Animal Verse. Roy Fuller, comp. (1981) MacDonald ...
Scared from the corn, and now to some lone seat
''A little, round, fat, oily man of God.''James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Castle of Indolence, cto. 1, st. 69.
''The negligence of Nature wide and wild,James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Spring (l. 71-75). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford Unive...
Where, undisguised by mimic art, she spreads
Unbounded beauty to the roving eye.''
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