1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Francis Garden, in "Sketches of celebrated Characters" Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1791) 222.



That Addison of port was found,
I neither prize him more nor less;
But then, for payment of his bond,
His herald Dicky to distress—
Your charity till first I see,
The deuce may take your faith for me.

Had this church-trumpeter been poor,
Selling Steele's bed-clothes I'd defend;
But that apology his corps
Of panegyrists can't pretend;
Honour, did ever tool but he,
In Halifax or Wharton see.

Parsons his piety extol,
His phlegm philosophy miscal;
A servile, sordid, hen-peck'd soul,
Is ten times worse than none at all.
For him who tantaliz'd poor Stella,
What Tartar would have play'd his fellow?