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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 neТer forgetful be
To read my Psalms and Bible.

Travels I like, and history too,
Or entertaining fiction;
Novels and plays IТd 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 Ч in scandal.



Christian Milne


Christian Milne's other poems:
  1. On Buonaparte's Coronation
  2. Sent with a Flower-Pot Begging a Slip of Geranium
  3. Written When My Husband Was at Sea
  4. Written in a State of Suspence
  5. Painful Anxiety


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