1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Rev. S. B., "Lines, on hearing Miss A. W. sing Eve's Hymn, out of Milton" Poetical Register for 1810-11 (1814) 110.



Such were the notes that once in Eden rung
When Eve her great Creator's praises sung;
She sung like you, with such a grace and air,
That listening angels lean'd from heaven to hear:
All, all she charmed, or angel, man, and beast,
But raised foul envy in the tempter's breast;
This made him every stratagem employ,
To spoil her harmony and blast her joy;
But had she shewn your steadiness of mind,
Eve still had charmed, and free had been mankind.