1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Anonymous, "On the Disinterment and multiplied Sale of Milton's Bones" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (11 September 1790).



Think not a vulgar grave contains
All of the Bard that now remains;
Know that his glory never dies,
Nay — wonder not — his bones shall rise,
And, rescued from the common doom,
Shall boast exemption from the tomb;
Nay, e'en in spite of his decease,
With his encreasing same increase:
And whereso'er thy works are read,
Thy bones, O mighty Bard, shall spread.