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Selected Poetry of James Thomson (1700-1748)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

... The full ethereal round,
Infinite worlds disclosing to the view,
Shines out intensely keen, and, all one cope
Of starry glitter, glows from pole to pole.
        (The Seasons: Winter, 738-741)
  1. The Castle of Indolence: Canto I (excerpt)
  2. Hymn on Solitude
  3. A Poem Sacred to the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton
  4. Rule Britannia
  5. The Seasons: Summer (excerpt)
  6. The Seasons: Winter (excerpt)

Biographical information

Given name: James
Family name: Thomson
Birth date: September 1700
Death date: 27 August 1748
Nationality: Scottish
Family relations
          father: Thomas Thomson
          mother: Beatrix Thomson
          brother: Alexander Thomson
          brother: Andrew Thomson
          brother: John Thomson
          sister: Mary Craig
Language: English
          Abbey at Jedburgh
          Edinburgh University: 1715
Patron: Frances Seymour
Literary period: Augustan
Occupation: Tutor
          Lancaster Court, London to 1736
          Ednam, Roxburghshire: 1700
          Kew Foot Lane, London: 1736
Buried at: Richmond Parish Church
First RPO edition: 1997