1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

F. W., "Wrote in a young Lady's Milton" Universal Magazine 4 (May 1749) 226.



Had our first parent known but to controul,
And guide, like you, the passion of the soul;
In vain had Satan all his arts essay'd,
Virtues, like yours, wou'd scorn to be betray'd,
Then no such thoughts had Milton's breast inspir'd,
Nor you, nor I, his tender lines admir'd:
Then learn from hence this female vice to shun
Search not too far, by this was Eve undone.