1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

William Cook, in The Pleasures of Conversation (1822) 97-98.



And thou, blest shade! whose name we must admire
Whilst British bosoms glow with British fire,
Who first brought learning at a cheap expense,
To store the public mind with useful sense,
Whose grace of thought disclos'd so pure a ray,
And shed such lustre round thy moral lay,
That Fashion's glass — no longer dup'd the age,
But crowds grew virtuous musing o'er thy page.
'Twas yours through life, by mild, parental air,
To make the children of mankind your care,
To guide our taste — inspire the rising youth
With love of honour, rectitude, and truth,
"Form the soft bosom with the gentlest art,
And pour the human virtues in the heart."