Friday, August 18, 2006


The ODNB, on James Thomson, poet, and author of the Seasons, who was apparently very lazy:

His indolence was well known. It was said that, at Eastbury, he ate the ripe side of peaches hanging on the tree, without taking his hands from his pockets. Also that, at home in Richmond, he was found in bed one day at 2 p.m. by Charles Burney, the musicologist, who asked him why he was in bed at that hour and received the reply: "I had no motive to rise.'


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