Books: Epithalamium

WIFE TO MR. MILTON—Robert Graves —Creative Age Press ($2.75).

Breathing heavily, his Bible under his arm, Poet John Milton climbed into the bridal bed. He read his "numb and stark" bride, Marie, a few snatches from the Song of Solomon ("How beautiful is my beloved ..."), marked the place with a rose petal, then pushed Marie out of bed to give thanks that the species had been created male and female. When Marie complained that the bridal party had given her a fierce hangover, Mr. Milton lost patience. "Phlegmatic and ungrateful wretch!" he barked. "What a froward, drivelling flibbergib have...

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