1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

James Ralph, in The Muses' Address to the King (1728) 13-14.



There Milton stands with elevated front,
And eye sublime;
Unbounded, vast, and bold
His genius, matchless in its flame,
Its strength, its energy;
Swift, as the lightning glimpse,
It pierces to the soul,
Exalts its pow'rs, its faculties,
And, wing'd with rapture, bears
It to the skies, and opens ev'ry source
Of admiration, transport, love, esteem and joy.