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Poem by Joseph Addison


Immortality


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.



Joseph Addison


Joseph Addison's other poems:
  1. To Sir Godfrey Kneller, on his Picture of the King
  2. The Lord My Pasture Shall Prepare
  3. An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
  4. A Song for St. Cecilia's Day, at Oxford
  5. Prologue To Steele's Tender Husband


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold Immortality ("Foil'd by our fellow-men, depress'd, outworn")
  • George Russell Immortality ("WE must pass like smoke or live within the spiritТs fire")
  • Ellis Butler Immortality ("I bowed my head in anguish sore")
  • Katharine Tynan Immortality ("So I have sunk my roots in earth")

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