1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Francis Hodgson, in The Friends (1818) 89.



And thou, delightful Addison! whose lore
First called the slumbering diamond into light,
The uncultured female mind — though high of yore
Some scattered beacons shone, yet all was night
For Mans beloved companion o'er the land,
Till thou, with sorcerer's art, hadst waved thy fairy wand.