12 June 2008 | Vol. 8, No. 2

Methought I saw my late espoused saint

Methought I saw my late espoused saint

  Brought to me like Alcestis from the grave,

  Whom Jove's great son to her glad husband gave,

Rescued from Death by force, though pale and faint.

Mine, as whom washed from spot of childbed taint

  Purification in the Old Law did save,

  And such as yet once more I trust to have

Full sight of her in Heaven without restraint,

Came vested all in white, pure as her mind.

  Her face was veiled; yet to my fancied sight

Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined

  So clear as in no face with more delight.

But, oh! as to embrace me she inclined,

  I waked, she fled, and day brought back my night.

About the author:

1608-1674. John Milton was one of the great English poets, known best for the epic poem, Paradise Lost.

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