1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Robert Burns to Dr. John Moore, 2 August 1787; in Works, ed Douglas (1877-79) 4:6.



The earliest thing of Composition that I recollect taking pleasure in was, The vision of Mirza and a hymn of Addison's beginning, "How are thy servants blest, O Lord!" I particularly remember one half-stanza which was music to my boyish ears,—

For though in dreadful whirls we hung,
High on the broken wave;

I met with these pieces in Masson's English Collection, one of my school-books.