James Thomson (1700-1748)
From 18th Century Literary Anecdotes

IN the year 1730, about six years after he had been in London, he brought a tragedy upon the stage called Sophonisba.. . . Mr. Thomson makes one of his characters address Sophonisba in a line which some critics reckoned the false pathetic:

0! Sophonisba, Sophonisba, oh!

Upon which a smart from the pit cried out,

Oh! Jamey Thomson, Jamey Thomson, oh!

From Cibber, Lives, v. 209-10.

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