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First Line: When milton's ghost into elysium came
Last Line: "I like him not;—he never stole from us."
Subject(s): Plagiarism

When Milton's ghost into Elysium came
To mix with claimants for poetic fame,
Some rose the celebrated bard to meet,
Welcom'd, and laid their laurels at his feet.

"Immortal Shades," said he, if aught be due
"To my attempts, 'tis owing all to you;"
Then took the laurels fresh'ning from his hand,
And crown'd the temples of the sacred band.

Others in crowds stood muttering behind,—
"Who is the guest?—He looks as he were blind.—
"Oh! this is Milton, to be sure,—the man,
"Who stole from others all his rhymeless plan;

"From those conceited gentlemen, perchance,
"Who rush to hail him with such complaisance.
"Ay, that's the reason of this fawning fuss:—
"I like him not;—HE NEVER STOLE FROM US."

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