1714 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Ambrose Philips, "Commendatory Verses to the Author of Cato" 1714; Addison, Works (1909) 1:170.



The mind to virtue is by verse subdued;
And the true poet is a public good.
This Britain feels, while, by your lines inspired,
Her free-born sons to glorious thoughts are fired.
In Rome had you espoused the vanquished cause,
Inflamed her senate, and upheld her laws,
Your manly scenes had liberty restored,
And given the just success to Cato's sword:
O'er Caesar's arms your genius had prevailed;
And the muse triumphed, where the patriot failed.