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CHAPTER IX
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY - THE AGE OF ANNE

young writer. However, the king soon died, the Whigs were " out," and the young man, Joseph Addison, was left without resources. While Aaaison. he was living quietly in London, news came of the victory of Blenheim, and for perhaps the only time in the history of England, the government set out in quest of a poet. A friend recommended Addison, and he wrote a poem on the battle. One passage compared Marlborough to an angel who
Pleased the Almighty's orders to
perform,
Rides on the whirlwind and
directs the storm.

These lines carried their author far on the road to success. One office after another was given to him, and the more he was known, the better he was liked. It
was not easy to know him, for although with his friends he was the best companion in the world, the entrance of a stranger would silence him in a moment. Nevertheless, his kindness of heart could not be hidden, and this politician who could not make a speech was so warmly loved in Ireland, where he held a government position, that Dean Swift in writing to him said that the Tories and the Whigs were contending which should speak best of him.
While he was in Ireland a letter came to him from an old school friend, Richard Steele, which opened the way to a greater than political glory, though possibly

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