1718 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Anonymous, "To Mr. Addison, on his Poems some little Time before he died" 1718 ca.; Weekly Register (24 April 1731).



Immortal Bard, when I attend thy Lays,
I own my Pleasure must transcend my Praise!
What Charms of Language shine in every Strain!
A Nassau's Glory, or a Brunswick's Reign!
And Marlbro's Conquests live in his Campaign.
The Poet's Lays adorn the Patriot's Deeds,
When Godlike Cato for his Country bleeds.
Say, great APOLLO, how could'st thou inspire
A Maro's Judgment with a Milton's Fire?
Majestic Bard, your Flights to Heav'n renew;
We'll view with Wonder, tho' we can't pursue:
Angels are Poets, tho' they sing like you.