1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

N. N. D., "Verses written in the first Leaf of Milton's Paradise Lost, being a College Premium, presented to a young Lady" Hibernian Magazine 7 (January 1777) 61.



These from your friend, accomplish'd fair, receive,
With the best wishes that his heart can give.
In early youth he these from rivals bore,
By your acceptance, now rewarded more.
When you peruse these leaves, you'll there perceive
The disobedience of deluded Eve;
That angels have rebell'd, that man transgress'd,
Thence were his race with many woes oppress'd:
Their faults avoid, still virtue's path pursue,
And have perfection realiz'd in you.