Joseph Addison

(1672-1719 / England)

Immortality

Poem by Joseph Addison

O Liberty! thou goddess, heavenly bright,
profuse of bliss and pregnant with delight,
Eternal pleasures in thy presence reign,
And smiling Plenty leads thy smiling train.
Eased of her load Subjection grows more light,
And Poverty looks cheerful in thy sight.
Giv'st beauty to the sun and pleasures to the day.
thee, goddess, thee, Britannia's isle adores!
How oft has she exhausted all her stores!
How oft on fields of death thy presence sought,
Nor thinks the mighty prize too dearly bought!
On foreign mountains may the sun refine
the grape's soft juice and mellow it in wine.
With citron groves adorn a distant soil.
And the fat olives swell with floods of oil.
We envy not the warmer clime, that lies
in ten degrees of more indulgent skies;
Nor at the coarseness of our heaven repine,
Though o'er our heads the frozen Pleiads shine.
'Tis Liberty that crowns Britannia's isle,
And makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains shine


Comments about Immortality by Joseph Addison

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/5/2020 11:23:00 AM)

    On foreign mountains may the sun refine
    the grape's soft juice and mellow it in wine.
    With citron groves adorn a distant soil.
    And the fat olives swell with floods of oil. wonderful poem. tony(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/5/2020 3:27:00 AM)

    On foreign mountains may the sun refine
    the grape's soft juice and mellow it in wine/// wow beautifully penned; great wisdom(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (3/10/2018 10:54:00 PM)

    To cherish the values of liberty should be close to our hearts- always. Thanks.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul Reza (3/10/2018 9:36:00 AM)

    Immortality, a great key word(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/10/2018 12:22:00 AM)

    Eternal bliss and heavenly brightness we feel in God's wisdom. He is great top guide us ever in path of truth. No poverty remains while wisdom touches mind.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/11/2017 12:17:00 AM)

    Marvellous penmanship. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/10/2017 10:41:00 PM)

    It is Liberty that crowns
    And makes barren rocks and bleak mountains too shine
    Superb conceptualization. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (3/10/2017 6:54:00 PM)

    A nice rhyming, almost metered classical masterpiece.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/10/2017 11:59:00 AM)

    Exhausted in life! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Tom Allport (3/10/2017 4:01:00 AM)

    a class poem that is very well written though albeit mentions poverty once and liberty twice? nothing changes!(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/10/2017 1:35:00 AM)

    Shine..., , Thanks for sharing......(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Alexander JulianAlexander Julian (3/10/2017 1:06:00 AM)

    When I was taking Spanish classes, I learned vocabulary that today would be used by Spanish speakers but would've been used by English speakers from the past. It's as if the planet can't make up it's mind on what time it is and various cultures perform within their own changes. This poem informs me fairly well about some of Britannia's food and customizations of thought, thus the language is unfamiliar and yet preferred by historical preference.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Shobana GomesShobana Gomes (5/1/2014 6:53:00 AM)

    Just love this poem, classic it is.(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
Read all 13 comments »




Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010



[Report Error]