1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Judith Cowper Madan, in "The Progress of Poetry" 1721; London Magazine (1759) 157.



O ADDISON, lamented, wond'rous bard!
The godlike hero's great, his best reward:
Not all the laurels reap'd on Blenheim's plains,
A fame can give like thy immortal strains.
While Cato dictates in thy awful lines,
Caesar himself with second lustre shines:
As our rais'd souls the great distress pursue,
Triumphs and crowns still lessen to our view:
We trace the victor with disdainful eyes,
And, all that made a Cato bleed despise.