1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Anonymous, "Spectator Vol. III. No. 230, sub finem" Newcastle Courant (30 July 1748).



Tho' Addison you're said t' have dy'd a Whig,
Now you'd be deem'd a Jacobitism Prig.
Had you but liv'd, you'd had no need to roam
To Greece, but found Examples nearer Home.
BOB argued us first over Head and Ears;
All for our Good — argued the Gazeteers.
HAL with still weightier Arguments succeeds;
The Nation's Veins, the Nation's Pocket bleeds:
Yet TROTPLAID argues in a merry Strain
That we're bedevil'd, if we dare complain.
Ah! Britain! Britain! can'st thou never see,
That Golden Arguments have ruin'd thee?