1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

T. F., "An Epitaph on Milton" Universal Magazine 3 (October 1748) 173.



O thou, with heav'n-felt inspiration fir'd!
In death lamented, envy'd, and admir'd.
Just as thy judgment, easy as thy wit,
(In coverse as instructive as he writ)
For one sense lost, none can thy loss deplore,
Depriv'd of sight, thy genius blaz'd the more;
Beyond this globe's extent it upwards soar'd,
The wide expanse of heaven, and hell explor'd.
Great the conception, and the thoughts sublime,
Thy fame immortal scorns the shock of time.
Peace to thy gentle shade, thy soul is free,
Death's but the gate to immorality!