Treasure Island

James Thomson

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

Quotations

  • ''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 rules the waves!
    Britons never shall be slaves.''
    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. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''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 shout—
    O'er a weak, harmless, flying creature, all
    Mixed in mad tumult and discordant joy.''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Autumn (l. 71-75). . . Fellow Mortals; an Anthology of Animal Verse. Roy Fuller, comp. (1981) MacDonald and Evans Ltd.
  • ''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 and Evans Ltd.
  • ''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,
    Where, undisguised by mimic art, she spreads
    Unbounded beauty to the roving eye.''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Spring (l. 71-75). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.
  • ''But who can paint
    Like Nature? Can imagination boast
    Amid its gay creation, hues like hers?''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Spring (l. 71-75). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Hail, Source of Being! Universal Soul
    Of heaven and earth! Essential Presence, hail!
    To thee I bend the knee; to thee my thoughts
    Continual climb, who with a master-hand
    Hast the great whole into perfection
    touched.''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Spring (l. 71-75). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.
  • ''High from the summit of a craggy cliff,
    Hung o'er the deep, such as amazing frowns
    On utmost Kilda's shore, whose lonely race
    Resign the setting sun to Indian worlds,
    The royal eagle draws his vigorous young''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Spring (l. 71-75). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.
  • ''If fancy then
    Unequal fails beneath the pleasing task,
    Ah, what shall language do?''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Spring (l. 71-75). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Now 'tis nought
    But restless hurry through the busy air,
    Beat by unnumbered wings.''
    James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Spring (l. 71-75). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.

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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 these my Theme,
These, that exalt the Soul to solemn Thought,
And heavenly musing. Welcome kindred Glooms!
Wish'd, wint'ry, Horrors, hail! -- With frequent Foot,
Pleas'd, have I, in my cheerful Morn of Life,
When, nurs'd by careless Solitude, I liv'd,
And sung of Nature with unceasing Joy,

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