1843 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1843; Russell, Book of Authors (1860) 162.



The great satirist who alone knew how to use ridicule without abusing it, who without inflicting a wound effected a great social reform, and who reconciled wit and virtue after a long and disastrous separation, during which wit had been led astray by profligacy and virtue by fanaticism.