1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

James Ralph, in The Muses' Address to the King (1728) 16.



There Addison, immortal name!
The great, the just, the good appears;
The wond'rous bard!
Who labour'd to reform mankind
From folly, and from vice,
And spent a life in the ungrateful toil:
Who sung the sweetest, noblest strain
With Homer's fire, with Virgil's art,
And dy'd at last lamented, mourn'd by half the world.