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Listen , ' York , you ' re wanted . And yet it lacked the dignified solemnity with which r Milton , you are Wanted / is parapnrased by Wordsworth into ' Milton ! thou should ' st be living- at this hour : England hath need of thee : '
It betokened a homelier want than that expressed by the great poet of his greater predecessor . It was a worky-day want , such as might come home to all people ' s business and bosoms . Perhaps the familiarity of the name aided this impression . Thomson is not a high sounding appellation . It wears no
heraldic dignity . There is no Lord Thomson in the Peerage . It will not etymologize into grandeur or peculiarity . Thomson is only the son of Tom , that is to say , an undistinguished grandson of Adam . We cannot apply what was said of a certain large and distinguished family , and say that ' there are three classes of persons in the world , men , women , and Thomsons ; ' for , with
some exceptions , the men and women are Thomsons ; and all the Thomsons are men and women , except the children , who will also be men and women in due time , should their lives be spared . So far , indeed , does this identification extend , that it colours the language in which we speak of the physical and universal phenomena of the earth ' s revolutions . The revolving months , with their beautifully diversified appearances and influences , constitute , at once , Nature ' s year and Thomson ' s Seasons .
Of course I instantly looked in the direction which the voice of the cad indicated . There stood Mrs . Thomson , leaning , but sli ghtly , and not as if she needed support on account of weariness or decrepitude , against the Elephant and Castle . She was in an attitude of mingled contemplation and reflection ; as if the matter in her mind were weighty , but its weight as manageable as if in
the grasp of an elephant ' s trunk , and as portable as the many trunks of that castellated elephant which were tossing about in all directions . Her face had in it all the quietness of power , and all the power of quietness . Her features were strongly marked enou gh for a first-rate tragic actress ; and yet there was on them no working of emotion . Her head reminded one of that cast of a German philosopher on which Spurzheim used to lecture when craniology was young . It had similar expansion , the same loftiness of brow , and , if one might argue by analogy , or by inference from the seen to the unseen , a like absence of the devotional
pinnacle ; a cathedral without a spire . There was the anomaly of greatness without veneration . From under those frontal towers the eye looked not up heavenwards , and yet earth was not enough for its gaze . Itself was worthier ; and it looked where it would , and because it would . The want of Mrs . Thomson was not the want of a priest , any more than it was the want of a servant , or the want of a mistress . Her dreaa corresponded with this impres-
Mrs . Thomson , yon are wanted . 289
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1834, page 283, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2632/page/51/