To Margaret

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Who hath seduced thee to this foul revolt
From the pure well of Beauty undefiled?
So banish from true wisdom to prefer
Such squalid wit to honourable rhyme?
To write? To scribble? Nonsense and no more?
I will not write upon this argument
To write is human -- not to write divine.


Milton Par. Lost Bk. I
Cowper's Task, Book I
do. Trolius & Cressida
Pope Essay on Man

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.