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First Line: Milton pursued in numbers more sublime
Last Line: "milton alone attempted with success."
Subject(s): Boys; Youth

Milton pursued in numbers more sublime,
Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.
'Tis said, "the bard did but pretend to soar;
"For, such and such attempted them before."

An age has now elaps'd since Milton writ:—
The rest are sunk into oblivion's pit;
A critic diving to their wrecks, perhaps,
Has now and then brought up some loosen'd scraps.

We'll not dispute the value of them now,
But say one thing which critics must allow,
Which all the nations round us will confess,

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