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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.

John Milton. 1608–1674

312. From ‘Arcades’

O’RE the smooth enameld green 
    Where no print of step hath been, 
    Follow me as I sing, 
    And touch the warbled string. 
Under the shady roof         5
Of branching Elm Star-proof, 
    Follow me, 
I will bring you where she sits 
Clad in splendor as befits 
    Her deity.  10
Such a rural Queen 
All Arcadia hath not seen.