1747 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Lauder

Philo-Milton Petriburgensis, "On W. L.'s Charge against Milton" Gentleman's Magazine 17 (March 1747) 145.



Critics avaunt — from sacrilege refrain,
Nor Milton's laurels with rude hands prophane;
In vain Detraction seeks to wound his fame,
Whose lays divine our adoration claim;
By no Pierian draught inspir'd to sing,
Raptur'd he drank at sacred Wisdom's spring;
Not Time's approach his deathless numbers fear,
Bright and more bright thro' each revolving year:
In paths unknown, untry'd, alone he trod,
Of man the teacher, and the bard of God.
March 25.