1701 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Matthew Prior, "To a Lady: with Milton's Paradise Lost" A Collection of Poems (1701) 392.



See here how bright the First-born Virgin shone!
And how the first fond Lover was undone!
Such powerful Words our Charming Mother spoke,
As Milton's are, and such as Yours her Look.
Your's the best Copy of th' Original Face,
Whose Beauty was to furnish all her Race.
Such Charms no Author could escape but he;
There's no way to be safe, but not to see.