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Christian Milne (Крисчен Милн)


To a Lady who Said it was Sinful to Read Novels


To love these books, and harmless tea,
Has always been my foible,
Yet will I ne’er forgetful be
To read my Psalms and Bible.

Travels I like, and history too,
Or entertaining fiction;
Novels and plays I’d have a few,
If sense and proper diction.

I love a natural harmless song,
But I cannot sing like Handel;
Deprived of such resource, the tongue
Is sure employed — in scandal.



Christian Milne's other poems:
  1. The Captive Sailor
  2. Painful Anxiety
  3. Written in a State of Suspence
  4. Address to the Shade of Burns
  5. The Shipwreck


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