Joseph Addison, "The Pleasures of the Imagination" in The Spectator, No. 416, July 2, 1712
It is possible this defect of imagination [the inability to get one's brain around the very, very large or the very, very tiny] may not be in the soul itself but as it acts in conjunction with the body. Perhaps there may not be room in the brain for such a variety of impression, or the animal spirits may be incapable of figuring them in such a manner as is necessary to excite so very large or minute ideas. However it be, we may well suppose that beings of a higher nature very much excel us in this respect, as it is probable the soul of man will be infinitely more perfect hereafter ... more »
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Joseph Addison Poems
The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heav'ns, a shining frame, Their great original proclaim:
A Letter from Italy
While you, my Lord, the rural shades admire, And from Britannia's public posts retire, Nor longer, her ungrateful sons to please, For their advantage sacrifice your ease;
The Lord My Pasture Shall Prepare
The Lord my pasture shall prepare And feed me with a shepherd’s care; His presence shall my wants supply And guard me with a watchful eye;
THE spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim.
The Campaign, A Poem, To His Grace The D...
While crowds of princes your deserts proclaim, Proud in their number to enrol your name; While emperors to you commit their cause, And Anna's praises crown the vast applause;
How Are Thy Servants Blest, O Lord!
How are Thy servants blest, O Lord! How sure is their defense! Eternal wisdom is their guide, Their help Omnipotence.
When Rising from The Bed of Death
When rising from the bed of death, O’erwhelmed with guilt and fear, I see my Maker face to face, O how shall I appear?
Spacious Firmament On High, The
The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame Their great Original proclaim.
The Spacious Firmament on high
The Spacious Firmament on high, With all the blue Ethereal Sky, And spangled Heav'ns, a Shining Frame, Their great Original proclaim:
Psalm 23 : The Lord My Pasture Shall Pre...
The Lord my pasture shall prepare And feed me with a shepherd's care; His presence shall my wants supply And guard me with a watchful eye;
On The Lady Manchester
While haughty Gallia's dames, that pread O'er their pale cheeks, an artful red, Beheld this beauteous stranger there
When all Thy Mercies, O My God
When all Thy mercies, O my God, My rising soul surveys, Transported with the view, I’m lost In wonder, love and praise.
A Song For St. Cecilia's Day, At Oxford
I. Cecilia, whose exalted hymns With joy and wonder fill the blest, In choirs of warbling seraphims
Prologue To Steele's Tender Husband
In the first rise and infancy of farce, When fools were many, and when plays were scarce The raw unpractis'd authors could, with ease,
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It is indeed very possible, that the Persons we laugh at may in the main of their Characters be much wiser Men than our selves; but if they would have us laugh at them, they must fall short of us in t...Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 47 (1711).
When I consider the Question, Whether there are such Persons in the World as those we call Witches? my Mind is divided between the two opposite Opinions; or rather (to speak my Thoughts freely) I beli...Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 117 (1711).
''Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.''Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 35 (1711).
The Fashionable World is grown free and easie; our Manners sit more loose upon us: Nothing is so modish as an agreeable Negligence. In a word, Good Breeding shows it self most, where to an ordinary Ey...Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 119 (1711).
Ordinary People ... are so used to be dazled [sic] with Riches, that they pay as much Deference to the Understanding of a Man of an Estate, as of a Man of Learning; and are very hardly brought to rega...Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 112 (1711).
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The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heav'ns, a shining frame,
Their great original proclaim:
Th' unwearied Sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator's power display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty Hand.
Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The Moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the list'ning Earth
Repeats the story of her birth:
Whilst all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets, in their turn,