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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 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.
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