Unsigned review, Critical Review, June 1770
IT would be doing great injustice to eminent poetical merit, not to give our particular attention to this poem.-It is evident, from the Deserted Village, and from the Traveller, that in descriptive poetry Dr. Goldsmith has few superiors. He seems to possess Thomson's amiable heart, and, in a great measure, his strain of poetical sentiment. But he has this advantage over the author of the Seasons, (for to those poems we refer when we compare Dr. Goldsmith with Thomson) that he writes excellent poetry in rhime. For that good rhime, where it can be properly used, is preferable to good blank verse, is now no longer questioned by critics of true taste.