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(11 September 1700 – 27 August 1748 / Ednam in Roxburghshire, Scotland)

James Thomson
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James Thomson was a Scottish poet and playwright, known for his masterpiece The Seasons and the lyrics of Rule, Britannia!.

Scotland, 1700-1725

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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  • When Britain first, at Heaven's command,
    Arose from out the azure main,
    This was the charter of her land,
    And guardian angels sung the strain:
    Rule, Britannia! Britannia ru...
    James Thomson (1700-1748), British poet, and David Mallet (1705?-1765). Alfred, A Masque: Rule Brittania (l. 1-6). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, ...
  • The savage soul of game is up at once—
    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...
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Autumn (l. 71-75). . . Fellow Mortals; an Anthology of Animal Verse. Roy Fuller, comp. (1981) MacDonald ...
  • ''Poor is the triumph o'er the timid hare!
    Scared from the corn, and now to some lone seat
    Retired—''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Autumn (l. 71-75). . . Fellow Mortals; an Anthology of Animal Verse. Roy Fuller, comp. (1981) MacDonald ...
  • ''A little, round, fat, oily man of God.''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Castle of Indolence, cto. 1, st. 69.
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