James Thomson Quotes

And all sad scenes and thoughts and feelings vanish In that sweet sleep no power can ever banish, That one best sleep which never wakes again.
James Thomson (1834-1882), Irish poet ("B.V."; "Bysshe Vanolis"). The City of Dreadful Night (l. 1-6). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (1964; reprinted, with corrections, 1965) Oxford University Press.
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I know no subject more elevating, more amazing, more ready to the poetical enthusiasm, the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment than the works of nature. Where can we meet such variety, such beauty, such magnificence?
James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. The Seasons, preface. Thomson's new attitude toward nature anticipated the Romantic movement.
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Thus Winter falls, A heavy gloom oppressive o'er the world Through Nature shedding influence malign, And rouses up the seeds of dark disease. The soul of man dies in him, loathing life, And black with more than melancholy views.
James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet. Winter (l. 71-75). . . Treasury of English Poetry, The. Mark Caldwell and Walter Kendrick, eds. (1984) Doubleday & Company.
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