1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

R. L. E. [Richard Lovell Edgeworth?], "Verses sent to a Lady with Dr. Darwin's Botanic Garden" The Monthly Magazine 5 (June 1798) 442.



When Eve first walk'd forth at early hour,
Her only care was fruit, or flow'r;
Vacant of science was her mind,
To all the world of wisdom blind;
From idleness, her heart she set,
On the first prating brute she met—
Do thou, whom early sense supplies
With all that's good, and fair, and wise,
Not like unbidden Eve of yore,
With furtive hand, these sweets explore;
Pluck knowledge with each flow'r and fruit,
Nor fear a tempter in a brute.