1712 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

John Gay, in "To Bernard Lintott" Poems and Translations (1712) 172.



On Addison's sweet Lays Attention waits,
And Silence guards the Place while he repeats;
His Muse alike on ev'ry Subject charms,
Whether she paints the God of Love, or Arms:
In him, Pathetick Ovid sings again,
And Homer's Iliad shines in his Campaign.