The Manuscript of James Thomson's "Scots Elegy"

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Discusses "Elegy on James Therburn in Chatto," the only known poem written in Scots by James Thomson (1740-1748), author of The Seasons; provides a text and collation of variants for the poem, based on a recently-discovered photostat of the manuscript, which had long been missing, recording variants also from all previously-published texts; and argues that rather than Thomson revising his poem to Anglicize his language, in this instance he used revision to Scoticize it.