Quotation by Joseph Addison

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 smile.
Joseph Addison (1672–1719), British essayist and politician. A Letter from Italy (l. 8–13). . .

Oxford Book of Travel Verse, The. Kevin Crossley-Holland, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
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