Who deigns
Her nightly visitation unimplor'd
And dictates to me slumbering

from John Milton – Paradise Lost, Book 8 on Rap Genius


Milton claimed he was visited every night by a Muse who dictated verses of poetry to him. He was blind and couldn’t write it out himself, so in the morning, he would bolt out of bed and scream “I need to be milked!” and his daughters or secretary-helpers would come take his divinely inspired dictation

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