As he glided along the Ligurian coast, he was delighted by the sight of myrtles and olive-trees, which retained their verdure under the winter solstice. His temper was sweet, his affections warm, his spirits lively, his passions strong, and his principles weak. Their works are now forgotten. The nature of Voltaire was, indeed, not inhuman; but he venerated nothing. His literary code was formed on narrow principles;, but in applying it, he showed great judgment and penetration. The following lines may serve as an example: A little before Hurd began his grammatical commentary, a writer of vastly higher qualifications announced his intention of giving a new edition of Addison.
Robertson and Scott passed alltheir lives hearing and using Scotticislns in their daily intercourse. Essay on Virgil’s Georgics. Get to Know Us. Young, an excellent judge of serious conversation, said, that when Addison was at his ease, he went on in a noble strain of thought and language, so as to chain the attention of every hearer. Of the Christian religion. It is remarkable that, in a neighboring country, we have recently.
To the excessive modesty of Addoson nature, we must ascribe another fault which generally arises from a very different cause.
What was to be seen at Naples, Addison saw.
In his plans for the encouragement of learning, he was cordially supported by the ablest and most virtuous of his colleagues, the lord keeper Somers. Johnson heard it from Savage, who heard it from Steele.
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The American editor has not felt himself at liberty to reduce it to any cisatlantic standard. And the reason is obvious. The natural consequences followed.
Most pn these were political; but in some of them questions of morality, taste, and lovecasuistry had been discussed. Montagu first brought himself into notice by verses, well-timed and not contemptibly written, but never, we think, rising above mediocrity. The pen was, therefore, a more formidable political engine than the tongue.
As yet his fame rested on performances which, though highly respectable, were not built for duration, and would if he had produced nothing else, have now been almost forgotten, georgifs some excellent Latin verses, on some English verses which occasionally rose above mediocrity, and on a book of travels, agreeably written, but not indicating any extraordinary powers of mind. Here he was at once diverted and provoked by the absurd dramatic hoseph which then disgraced the Italian stage.
None of the whigs suffered more in the general wreck than Addison.
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Had he clothed his thoughts in the half French style of Horace Walpole, or in the half Latin style of Dr. Voltaire is the prince of buffoons.
He came with the feelings of a grammarian of the old school, to weigh words and start questions of syntax; and Addison furnishes abundant materials for both.
The old man talked on his favorite theme much and well; indeed, as his young hearer thought, incomparably well. At joseoh 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. Indeed, it happens, curiously enough, that the most severe censure ever pronounced by him on modern Latin, is conveyed in Latin hexameters.
He had, he said, done his best, when he had power, to encourage men whose abilities and acquirements might do honor to their country.
Bonaparte loved to describe the astonishment with which the Mamelukes looked at his diminutive figure. But, after full inquiry nrid impartial reflection, we, have long been convinced, that he deserved as much love and esteem as can be justly claimed by any of our infirm and erring race.
What was there in Addison’s position that could induce the satirist, adison stern and fastidious temper had been the dread of two generations, to turn sycophant for the first and last time? The young addiskn diction and versification were already such as veteran professors might envy.
His life was spent in sinning and repenting, in inculcating what was right, and doing what was wrong. Of any other statesman or writer of Queen Anne’s reign, we should no more think of saying that he sometimes took too much wine, than that he wore a long wig and a sword.
It had become necessary to recruit for the public service from a very different class, from that class of which Addison was the representative.
In the early contributions of Addison to the Tatler, his peculiar powers were not fully exhibited. If, in his time, there was enmity between two little Greek towns, each poured forth its crowd of citizens, ignorant of discipline, and armed with implements of labor rudely turned into weapons.
The lord-lieutenant was not only licentious and corrupt, but was distinguish. Even his notions of the political and military affairs of the Romans seem to be derived from poets and poetasters.
Every thing seemed to point his course toward the clerical profession. But the best proof that Boileau did not feel the undiscerning contempt for modern Latin verses which has been imputed to him, is, that he wrote and published Latin verses in several metres. Of the service which his essays rendered to morality it is difficult to speak too highly. He is, therefore, left completely in the dark; and it is melancholy to see how helplessly he gropes his way from blunder to blunder.
The popularity which the simile of the angel enjoyed among Addison’s contemporaries, has always seemed to us to be a remarkable instance of the advantage which, in rhetoric and poetry, the particular has over the general.