1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

M. M., "To a Young Lady who wept on hearing the Author read Paradise Lost" Gentleman's Magazine 29 (February 1759) 82.



Cease to lament Eve's fall with tearful eye,
Her fault should make succeeding daughters wise;
Yet view the sex, ev'n now they thoughtless stray,
Where wild imprudence points the devious way.
Pride's abject slave's, capricious fashion's tools,
The dupes of gamblers, and the sport of fools.
Let conscious virtue o'er your heart preside,
Controul each thought, and every action guide;
Then in your breast shall Eden bloom anew
And long lost paradise revive in you.
Stratford upon Avon,
Jan. 8, 1759.