Joseph Addison had gone to College with the idea of becoming a clergyman like his father, but after a time he gave up that idea, and turned his thoughts to politics.
To help the Lord Treasurer out of his difficulty one of the great men who had already befriended Addison suggested him as a suitable writer.
A shy boy at school, Addison had grown into a shy, retiring man, and no doubt he was not a little taken aback at a visit from so great a personage.
The poem was a great success, and besides being paid for the work, Addison received a Government post, so once more life ran smoothly for him.
'Paradise Lost,' Arnold's 'Sohrab and Rustum,' and Addison
's essays are modern examples.
'Spectator' then, and was constantly in the company of Addison
, and Steele, and Swift, and Pope, and all the wits at Will's, who are presented evanescently in the romance.
Difficulties, improbabilities, nay, impossibilities, are quite overlooked by it; so that to any man extremely in love, may be applied what Addison
says of Caesar,
Then we come to Wordsworth and Coleridge, Pope, Johnson, Addison
, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats.
Porter, the secretary to the President, and explained to him my mission.
's tragedy of that name, performed before their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, the Bishop of Osnaburgh, and Prince William Henry, then children like the actor.
Poe's poem of the "Bells" stands incomplete to this day; but it is well enough that it is so, for the public reciter or "reader" who goes around trying to imitate the sounds of the various sorts of bells with his voice would find himself "up a stump" when he got to the church-bell-- as Joseph Addison
In the provinces, as in Paris, men before the public eye are like that statue in the fine allegorical tale of Addison
, for which two knights on arriving near it fought; for one saw it white, the other saw it black.