1743 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Theron, "Occasion'd by reading Mr. Addison's Works" Gentleman's Magazine 13 (August 1743) 437.



Immortal bard! thy pow'rful verse can move
The hero's ardour, or the virgin's love:
Bid Virtue charm and captivate the heart,
And to the mind enchanting scenes impart;
Make harden'd Vice with conscious blushes own
She yields to virtue and an Addison.—
Let others raise a smile, or force a tear,
Be thine the praise to please a virtuous ear.—
Thy lines shall echo on the British shore
Till thy lov'd Virgil dies, and Honour be no more.