1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Benjamin Victor, in "On the Death of Sir Richard Steele" (1729); Addison and Steele: The Critical Heritage (1980) 69.



H[arley], and all the inglorious rebel train,
Strove to corrupt his worth, but strove in vain;
He was above their little arts of state;
And would not wound his peace, to mend his fate.
Worth, great like his, deserv'd the PATRIOTS care!
(For blooming merit must be cherish'd there!)
WALPOLE, to you, he breath'd a lasting flame,
And died with blessings on your noble name:
By YOU distinguish'd, he adorn'd our land;
Honour'd with favours from you bounteous hand:
To YOU his daring LOYALTY was known,
How just and warm his zeal — how like your own!