1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

George Sewell, in Verses to the Right Honourable the Lord Carteret (1721); Bell's Fugitive Poetry (1789-97) 6:112.



The sweet-tongu'd Addison, whose happy vein
First rival'd, Plato, thy immortal strain;
Though Tully with a strong resemblance vy'd,
And Lewis crowded Academies try'd.
Illustrious friends! (if this poor verse can give
Life to your names) your friendly names shall live,
Long as the structure that your urns contains,
Or liberty with George's line remains.