1720 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Ambrose Philips, "Written in Milton's Paradise Regained" 1720 ca.; Hibernian Magazine 7 (April 1777) 290.



If Fame the Paradise of Poets be,
(As sure, 'tis seldom they a richer see)
How fair a Paradise might Milton boast
For that his daring song so greatly lost!
Which in immortal bloom had still remain'd,
Had he not strove to have the first regain'd;
So that first Fair he sings, with Adam's arms,
And chaste embrace, her own unsully'd charms,
Eden's fair fields, the whole creation's store
Not satisfy'd, lost all, in grasping more.
One common fate all fond ambition shares;
And oft' with Poets, as with Maids it fares;
But over conscious of a lovely frame,
Too much they shew, and disappoint their aim:
Expose their all, and leave no room to guess:
Mistaking thus for beauty, nakedness.