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Joseph Addison

Fecha de nacimiento: 1. Mayo 1672
Fecha de muerte: 17. Junio 1719

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Joseph Addison, escritor y político inglés. Nació en Milston, Wiltshire el 1 de mayo de 1672 y murió en Holland House, Kensington el 17 de junio de 1719.

Hijo del decano de la catedral de Lichfield, ya en 1694 publicó un libro sobre la vida de poetas ingleses y una traducción de las Geórgicas de Virgilio. En 1699 comienza a prepararse para el servicio diplomático, para lo cual viaja por toda Europa. Escribió diarios de viaje, por ejemplo sobre Italia y también sobre la campiña inglesa, y algunas obras de teatro, como Catón y El tamborilero .

Con Richard Steele funda la revista The Spectator en 1711, donde publica su obra Los placeres de la imaginación, en 1712. También escribió para la publicación The Tatler. Aunque se destacó como ensayista, participó en el Parlamento Inglés como representante whig, y entre 1717 e 1718 fue Secretario de Estado.

Frases Joseph Addison

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„Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.“

— Joseph Addison
Context: Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed. No. 147.

„All Heaven shall echo with their hymns divine,
And God himself with pleasure see
The whole creation in a chorus join.“

— Joseph Addison
Context: When time itself shall be no more, And all things in confusion hurl'd, Music shall then exert it's power, And sound survive the ruins of the world: Then saints and angels shall agree In one eternal jubilee: All Heaven shall echo with their hymns divine, And God himself with pleasure see The whole creation in a chorus join. Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1692).

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„A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body“

— Joseph Addison
Context: A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can possibly befall us. No. 135.

„Music religious heat inspires, It wakes the soul, and lifts it high“

— Joseph Addison
Context: Music religious heat inspires, It wakes the soul, and lifts it high, And wings it with sublime desires, And fits it to bespeak the Deity. Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1692), st. 4.

„Mysterious love, uncertain treasure,Hast thou more of pain or pleasure!Chill'd with tears,Kill'd with fears,Endless torments dwell about thee:Yet who would live, and live without thee!“

— Joseph Addison
Context: Every star, and every pow'r, Look down on this important hour: Lend your protection and defence Every guard of innocence! Help me my Henry to assuage, To gain his love or bear his rage. Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, Hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Chill'd with tears, Kill'd with fears, Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee! Queen Elinor in Rosamond (c. 1707), Act III, sc. ii.

„Consecrate the place and day
To music and Cecilia.
Let no rough winds approach, nor dare
Invade the hallow'd bounds,
Nor rudely shake the tuneful air,
Nor spoil the fleeting sounds.“

— Joseph Addison
Context: Consecrate the place and day To music and Cecilia. Let no rough winds approach, nor dare Invade the hallow'd bounds, Nor rudely shake the tuneful air, Nor spoil the fleeting sounds. Nor mournful sigh nor groan be heard, But gladness dwell on every tongue; Whilst all, with voice and strings prepar'd, Keep up the loud harmonious song, And imitate the blest above, In joy, and harmony, and love. Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1692).

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