1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Addison

Anonymous, "The Morality of Addison" The Stranger [Albany] 1 (17 July 1813) 25.



He taught us how to live, and Oh! too high

The price of knowledge, taught us how to die.

It is the appropriate, the transcendent praise of Addison, that he steadily, and uniformly, and in a manner peculiarly his own, exerted his great qualities in teaching, and disseminating a love for morality and religion. He it was, who following the example of the divine Socrates, first stripped philosophy, of its scholastick garb, and bade her, clothed in the robes of elegant simplicity, allure and charm the multitude. He saw his countrymen become better, as they became wiser, he saw them, through his instructions, feel and own the beauty of holiness, and for this, we may venture to affirm, posterity however distant, shall bless and revere his memory.