Our favourite piece is the Battle of the Cranes and Pygmies; for in that piece we discern a gleam of the fancy and humour which many years later enlivened thousands of breakfast tables. The following lines may serve as an example: He became a little too fond of seeing himself surrounded by a small circle of admirers, to whom he was as a king or rather as a god. Lancelot Addison held an honourable place in the church, and had set his heart on seeing his son a clergyman. The chief power in the state had passed to the House of Commons. Destruction, grim with blood, Attends his furious course.
But truth was altogether wanting to the performances of those who, writing about battles which had scarcely any thing in common with the battles of his times, servilely imitated his manner. At the same time, it would be too much to say that he was wholly devoid of the malice which is, perhaps, inseparable from a keen sense of the ludicrous. Look, how many plumes are placed On her huge corpse, so many waking eyes Stick underneath, and, which may stranger rise In the report, as many tongues she wears. At this time Addison seemed inclined to devote himself to poetry. At the present moment, most of the persons whom we see at the head both of the administration and of the opposition have been professors, historians, journalists, poets.
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He published a translation of part of the fourth Georgic, Lines to King William, and other performances of equal value; that is to say. CTjO Mr Dryden page.
He admired the narrow streets overhung by long lines of towering palaces, the walls rich with frescoes, the gorgeous temple of the Annunciation, and the tapestries whereon were recorded the long glories of the house of Doria.
They had been together at the Charter House and at Oxford; but circumstances had then, for a time, separated them widely. The close of the minister’s letter was remarkable. Addison out of it.
From Naples Addison returned to Rome by sea, along the coast which his favorite Virgil had celebrated. If a political tract were to appear superior to the conduct of the Allies, or to the best numbers of jozeph Freeholder, the circulation of such a tract would be languid indeed when compared with the circulation of every remarkable word uttered in the deliberations of the legislature.
To one of those pieces, however, he was indebted for a valuable hint. Xxvii Sannazar, mais non pas d’Horace et de Virgile. During the session of Parliament which commenced in November,and which the impeachment of Sacheverell has made memorable, Addison appears to have resided in London.
And what he observed he had the art of communicating in two widely different ways. Has not the experience of centuries confirmed his opinion? He admired the narrow streets overhung by long lines of towering palaces, the walls rich with frescoes, the gorgeous temple of the Annunciation, and the tapestries whereon were recorded the long glories of the house of Doria.
As soon as he entered a large company, as soon as he saw an unknown face, his lips were adison, and his manners became constrained. It is well known that about this time he began his tragedy, and that he finished the first four acts before he returned to England.
Another letter, written about the same time to the lord keeper, conveyed the strongest assurances of gratitude and attachment. He long afterwards asserted, what all the evidence which we have ever seen tends to prove, that his diligence and integrity gained the friendship of all the most considerable persons in Ireland.
His humanity is without a parallel in literary history. The throne was surrounded by men supposed to be attached to the prerogative and to the church; and among these none stood so high in the favor of the sovereign as the lord-treasurer Godolphin and the captain-general Marlborough. But neither to Euripides nor to Theocritus does Addison make the faintest allusion; and we, therefore, believe that we do not wrong him by supposing that he had little or no knowledge of their works.
Selected Works of Joseph Addison.
He had the spirit to tell Louis XIV. But against Addison there was not a murmur. The only inedited pieces were the Dialogues on Medals and the Tbe of. Halifax was sent in the following year to carry the decorations of the garter to the electoral prince of Hanover, and was accompanied on this honorable mission by Addison, who had just been made under-secretary of state.
XVii equal to his Latin verse. The crowd of readers who expected politics and scandal, speculations on the projects of Georgixs Amadeus, and anecdotes about the jollities of convents and the amours of cardinals and nuns, were confounded by finding that the writer’s mind was much more occupied by the war between the Trojans and Rutulians than by the war between France and Austria; and that he seemed to have heard no scandal of later date than the gallantries of the Empress Faustina.
The country squires and rectors, though occasionally uttering a savage growl, were for the most part in a state of torpor, which lasted till they were roused into activity, and indeed into madness, by the prosecution of Sacheverell.
There are at this day countries where the life-guardsman Shaw would be considered as a much greater warrior than the Duke of Wellington. It is written that the ingenious person who undertook to instruct Rasselas, prince of Abyssinia, in the art of flying, ascended an eminence, waved his wings, sprang into the air, and instantly copped into the lake.
Dryden was now busied with Thw, and obtained from Addison a critical preface to the Georgics. You may read them as you do Blair’s’critical examination,’ and georigcs yourself strengthened in verbal criticism; and though it is impossible not. The throne was surrounded by men supposed to be attached to the prerogative and to the church; and among these none stood so high in the favor of the sovereign as the lord-treasurer Godolphin and the captain-general Marlborough.
Italian literature furnishes instances for both.