Thomson, James, 1700-1748. The four seasons, and other poems. By James Thomson. London: printed for J. Millan, near Scotland-Yard, White-Hall; and A. Millar, in the Strand, M.DCC.XXXV., 1735. [2];77,[3];64;72;79,[1]p.,plates; 8⁰. (ESTC T83; Foxon T242; OTA K019862.000)



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  • SPRING. Inscrib'd to the RIGHT HONOURABLE the Countess of Hertford. (Price 1 s. 6 d.

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    By Mr. THOMSON.

    Et nunc omnis Ager, nunc omnis parturit Arbos,
    Nunc frondent Silvae, nunc formosissimus Annus.



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    The Subject propos'd. Inscribed to Lady HERTFORD. This Season is described as it affects the various parts of Nature, ascending from the lower to the higher; and mixed with Digressions arising from the subject. Its influence on inanimate Matter, on Vegetables, on brute Animals, and last on Man; concluding with a Dissuasive from the wild and irregular passion of love, opposed to that of a purer and more reasonable kind.

  • [The Seasons:] SPRING.
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    The subject propos'd. Invocation. Address to Mr. DODINGTON. An introductory reflection on the motion of the heavenly bodies; whence the succession of the SEASONS. As the face of nature in this season is almost uniform, the progress of the poem is a description of a summer's day. Morning. A view of the sun-rising. Hymn to the sun. Forenoon. Rural prospects. Summer infects describ'd. Noon-day. A woodland retreat. A groupe of flocks and herds. A solemn grove. How it affects a contemplative mind. Transition to the prospect of a rich well-cultivated country; which introduces a panegyric on GREAT-BRITAIN. A digression on foreign summers. Storm of thunder and lightning. A tale. The storm over; a serene afternoon. Bathing. Sun-set. Evening. The whole concluding with the praise of Philosophy.

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  • [The Seasons:] SUMMER.
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  • [The Seasons:] AUTUMN.


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  • [The Seasons:] WINTER.
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