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JOSEPH ADDISON
English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.
      - Freeholder (no. 5) [Zeal]

Should the whole frame of nature round him break
  In ruin and confusion hurled,
    He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack,
      And stand secure amidst a falling world.
      - Horace--Ode III (bk. III) [Ruin]

When all thy mercies, O my God,
  My rising soul surveys,
    Transported with the view I'm lost,
      In wonder, love and praise.
      - Hymn [Mercy]

For whereso'er I turn my ravished eyes,
  Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise;
    Poetic fields encompass me around,
      And still I seem to tread on classic ground.
      - Letter from Italy [Italy]

Amidst the soft variety I'm lost.
      - Letter from Italy (l. 100) [Variety]

Yet then from all my grief, O Lord,
  Thy mercy set me free,
    Whilst in the confidence of pray'r
      My soul took hold on thee.
      - Miscellaneous Poems--Divine Ode made by Gentleman on Conclusion of his Travels
         (verse 6) [Prayer]

Let echo, too, perform her part,
  Prolonging every note with art;
    And in a low expiring strain,
      Play all the comfort o'er again.
      - Ode for St. Cecelia's Day [Echo]

The spacious firmament on high,
  With all the blue ethereal sky,
    And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
      Their great Original proclaim.
        Forever singing, as they shine,
          The hand that made us is divine.
      - Ode--The Spacious Firmament on High
        [Stars]

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure,
  Hast thou more of pain or pleasure!
    . . . .
      Endless torments dwell above thee:
        Yet who would live, and live without thee!
      - Rosamond (act III, sc. 2) [Love]

A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.
      - Sir Roger on the Bench [Heart : Proverbs]

And pleas'd th' Almighty's orders to perform,
  Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
      - The Campaign [Providence]

Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.
      - The Campaign [Storms]

Great souls by instinct to each other turn,
  Demand alliance, and in friendship burn.
      - The Campaign (l. 102) [Friendship]

And those who paint 'em truest praise 'em most.
      - The Campaign (last line) [Painting]

Why, a spirit is such a little, little thing, that I have heard man, who was a great scholar, say that he'll dance ye a hornpipe upon the point of a needle.
      - The Drummer (act I, sc. 1) [Spirits]

We are growing serious, and, let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull.
      - The Drummer (act IV, sc. 6) [Stupidity]

There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.
      - The Drummer (act V, sc. 1) [Business]


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