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James Thomson
James Thomson (11 September 1700 – 27 August 1748) was a Scottish poet and playwright. He was born at Ednam in Roxburghshire, and educated at the University of Edinburgh. It was while a student there that he first published some of his poems, their subject matter mainly being the Jed Valley where he had been brought up. He had been intended for a career in the church, but gave up his divinity course because his sermons were criticised as being too flowery. In 1725 he went to London, living first in East Barnet and later Richmond in 1736. It was in London that he met other literary figures including a fellow-Scotsman, David Mallet. He quickly became successful, and won favour with Frederick, Prince of Wales, whom he supported politically. His collected poetry was published as The Seasons in 1730, addressed to George Lyttelton, and he became tutor to the son of Sir Charles Talbot, then Solicitor-General.

the castle of indolence: canto i
The Castle hight of Indolence,
And its false luxury;
Where for a little time, alas!
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