1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Richard Graves, "To be written in a young Lady's Milton" The Festoon: a Collection of Epigrams (1766) 184.



Cloe, to Cloe's foibles somewhat blind,
Admires the froward whims of woman-kind.—
"Strange! that our mother Eve, so void of grace,
Should for an apple curse the human race."—
Her censures thus on Eve rash Cloe pours,
Whilst she herself green fruit and chalk devours.
But cease, fair maid, that fatal crime to blame,
When you, more frail, had surely done the same:
For less restraint your Maker's will had cross'd,
Nay, for a crab, your paradise had lost.