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THIs beautiful poem in dialogue, called a drama, has but few attractions in representation, although it is the work of the celebrated author of “The Seasons.”
Thomson was born in 1700, in Roxburgh, a shire in Scotland, the son of the minister of the parish of Ednam. He received his early education at Jedburgh, and was afterwards admitted to the university of Edinburgh. He was designed for the church, but the Muses presided over his inclination, and allured him from sacred study and his native land, to seek reputation, and other reward, in the capital of England.
His first pursuit was attained as soon as he published his “Winter,”—which appeared before the other Seasons—but more solid remuneration came both slowly and precariously, for, like most poets, Thomson was often in necessitous circumstances. Yet he was favoured with the friendship of Pope, and protected by the Lord Chancellor Talbot, with whose son he made the tour of Europe:—but, by the