1707 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Samuel Cobb, in "Of Poetry" Poems (1707) 215-16.



Thus in bright Numbers and well-polish'd Strains
Virgilian Addison describes Campaigns.
Whose Verse, like a proportion'd Man, we find,
Not of the Gyant, nor of the Pygmy kind.
Such Symmetry appears o'er all the Song,
Lofty with justness, and with Caution strong.