1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

William Winstanley, Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 195.



John Milton was one, whose natural parts might deservedly give him a place amongst the principal of our English Poets, having written two Heroick Poems and a Tragedy; namely Paradice Lost, Paradice Regain'd, and Sampson Agonista; But his Fame is gone out like a Candle in a Snuff, and his Memory will always stink, which might have ever lived in honourable Repute, had not he been a notorious Traytor, and most impiously and villainously bely'd that blessed Martyr King Charles the First.