1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Anonymous, "Milton" Federal Orrery [Boston] 2 (25 May 1795) 246.



Beyond the sacred bounds of Time and Space,
Say, might the venturous muse explore her flight;
Or solitary, think a path to trace
Through the dark realms of Chaos and old Night?
Yes — by the hand of EDEN led — the sound
Of verse divine, could charm the deep profound;
Or raised aloft, beyond this nether sky,
Could join the bright angelic choir on high;
Where veil'd in glory on his azure throne,
The Lord of nature reigns — unbounded, or alone.