1752 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Nathaniel Weekes, in On the Abuse of Poetry (1752) 11.



In ADDISON'S instructive Page we find
The purest Elegance to Learning join'd;
Who taught with Judgment, and with Spirit writ;
Whose sense was Nature, and whose Talent Wit:
Chaste in Expression, in Ideas clear;
Tho' modest, bold; tho' tender, yet severe:
Whose Precepts artfully attract our Youth,
And steal them into Virtue, Sense, and Truth.

Accept, O sacred Shade! accept this Praise,
From one who honours and adore thy Lays.
To thee alone I consecrate my Time,
Explore new Truths, and study Arts sublime:
Fair Virtue still bemoans her Patron dead,
Yet she shall flourish while thy Works are read.