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Poem by Christian Milne


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 neer forgetful be
To read my Psalms and Bible.

Travels I like, and history too,
Or entertaining fiction;
Novels and plays Id 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


Christian Milne's other poems:
  1. Written During His Majestys Illness, February, 1804
  2. On a Blank Leaf of the Bible
  3. Written in September, 1804
  4. Painful Anxiety
  5. Written When My Husband Was at Sea


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