1747 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Lauder

S. S., "To R. R. on his Defence of Milton in your last" Gentleman's Magazine 17 (August 1747) 393.



Hail! great defender of the greatest bard!
What praises shall thy fair attempt reward?
Long may the Nine, whose fame in Milton's cause
You snatch from envy, crown thee with applause.
Great friend to truth! persue thy just design,
And make thine own in Milton's honour shine;
Milton, whose lays with transport shall be read,
When long oblivion hides detraction's head.
August 19, 1747.