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Who were thy sheep, and in their ancient fold
Slain by the bloody Piemontese that rollid

Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans The vales redoubled to the hills, and they 9

To Heav'n. Their martyr'd blood and ashes fow

O'er all th’Italian fields, where still doth fway The triple Tyrant; that from these may grow

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himself in their favor, and his be “ merly enjoy'd. So great was haviour in this whole transaction is “ the terror of his name ; nothing greatly to his honor, even as it is being more usual than his sayrelated by an historian, who was " ing, that his ships in the Mediterfar from being partial to his me ranean should visit Civita Vecchia, mory. “ Nor would the Protector and the sound of his cannon Mould “ be backward in such a work, « be heard in Rome." See Echard " which might give the world á Vol. 2.

particular opinion of his piety " and zeal for the protestant re 3. Ev’n them who kept thy truth

ligion ; but he proclam'd a fo so pure of old, &c) And so in " lemn fast, and caused large con- his letter to the States of the Unit"tributions to be gather'd for them ed Provinces he calls them' Alpinos

throughout the kingdom of Eng. incolas orthodoxam religionem anti" land and Wales. Nor did he quitus profitentes, the inhabitants at "reft here, but fent his agents to the feet of the Alps, ancient pro"the Duke of Savoy, a prince fessors of the orthodox faith ; and “ with whom he had no cor- afterwards in the same letter, apud

respondence or commerce, and quos noftra religio vel ab ipsis Evan. “the next year fo engag'd the gelii primis dozloribus tradita per ma" Cardinal of France, and even nus & incorrupte servata, vel multó

terrify'd the Pope himself, with- ante quam apud cæteras gentes finca out so much as doing any favor ritati priftinæ reftituta eft, among

to the English Roman catholics, whom our religion was either dislie " that that Duke thought it necef- minated by the first doctors of the

sary to restore all that he had ta- Gospel, and preservd from the "ken from them, and renew'd all defilement of fuperfition, or else " those privileges they had for- restor'd to its pristin încerity long VOL. II.

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A hundred fold, who having learn’d thy way
Early may fly the Babylonian woe.

XIX.

On his blindness.

When I consider how my light is spent

Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide,

Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present 5

My true account, lest he returning chide;
Doth God exact day-labor, light deny'd,

I fondly ask : But patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, God doth not need

Either man's work or his own gifts; who best 10

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best: his state Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed,

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before other nations obtain'd that talents, Mat. XXV. and he speaks felicity.

with great modefty of himself, as 14.

the Babylonian woe. ] if he had not five, or two, but only The woes denounced against Rome, one talent. under the name of Babylon, in Scripture.

** This Mr. Lawrence was the 3. And that one talent which is son of the President of Cromwell's

death to hide,] He speaks here council: and this sonnet was also with allusion to the parable of the in the edition of 1673.

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And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.

XX.

* To Mr. LAWRENCE.

Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son,

Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire, Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire

Help waste a súllen day, what may be won
From the hard season gaining ? time will run 5

On smoother, till Favonius re-inspire
The frozen earth, and clothe in fresh attire

The lilly' and rose, that neither sow'd nor spun. What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice,

Of Attic taste, with wine, whence we may rise 10

To hear the lute well touch'd, or artful voice Warble immortal notes and Tuscan air?

He

6. Favonius) The same as Ze Nam fimul ac fpecies patefacta phyrus, or the weftern wind that est verna diei, blows in the spring. Plin. Lib. 16. Et referata viget genitabilis aura Sect. 39. Hic eft genitalis fpiritus Favoni. mundi, a fovendo dictus, ut quidam existimavere, Flat ab occasu 8. that neither few'd nor spun.] zquinoctiali, ver inchoans. And so Alluding to Mat. VI, 26, 28. they Lucretius I. ic.

fow not, neither do they spin.

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He who of those delights can judge, and spare
To interpose them oft, is not unwise.

XXI.
of To CYRIAC SKINNER.
Cyriac, whose grandfire on the royal bench

Of British Themis, with no' mean applaufe Pronounc'd and in his volumes taught our laws,

Which others at their bar so often wrench;
To day deep thoughts resolve with me to drench 5

In mirth, that after no repenting draws;
Let Euclid rest and Archimedes pause,
And what the Swede intends, and what the French.

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+ Cyriac Skinner was the son of 8. And what the Swede intends,] William Skinner Esq; and grand- We have printed it as it is in the son of Sir Vincent Skinner, and Manuscript. In the first edition it his mother was Bridget, one of the was And what the Swede intend, daughters of the famous Sir Ed- which in others is alter'd to And ward Coké Lord Chief Justice of what the Swedes intend. Charles the King's Bench. Mr. Wood in- Guftavus, king of Sweden, was at forms us that he was one of Har- this time waging war with Poland, rington's political club, and some- and the French with the Spaniards times held the chair; and farther in the Netherlands : and what Miladds, that he was a merchant's son ton says is somewhat in the spirit of London, an ingenious young and manner of Horace. Od. II. gentleman, and scholar to John XI. 1. Milton. Athen. Ox. Vol. 2. p. 591. No wonder then that Milton was Quid bellicosus Cantaber, et so intimate with him, and has ad Scythes dress'd two sonnets to him, this first Hirpine Quinti, cogitet, Hadria of which was printed in the edi. Divisus objecto, remittas tion of 1673.

Quærere : &c.

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To measure life learn thou betimes, and know 9

Toward solid good what leads the nearest way;

For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains,
And disapproves that care, though wise in show,

That with superfluous burden loads the day,
And when God sends a chearful hour, refrains.

XXII.

* To the same. Cyriac, this three years day these eyes, though clear,

To outward view, of blemish or of spot,
Bereft of light their seeing have forgot,
Nor to their idle orbs doth fight appear

Of

* The two sonnets to Cyriac man. In the printed editions this Skinner we have printed in the sonnet likewise is very incorrect, same order as they are number'd but we shall restore it by the assifin the Manuscript. This latter tance of the Manuscript. was never printed in Milton's lifetime, but was first publish'd se 3. Bereft of light ib. ir seeing have veral years after his death at the forgot,] In the printed copies same time and in the same manner it is absurdly, with the foregoing ones to General Fairfax, Cromwell, and Sir Henry

Bereft of fight their seeing have Vane: and tho the person, to

forgot. whom it is address'd, was not so obnoxious as any of those before

4. Nor to their idle orbs doth fight mention'd, yet it might not have

. appear been safe for Milton to have pub

Of Jun, or moon, &c. ] In the listid such a commendation of his printed editions it is, Defense of the people, which the Nor to their idle orbs doth day government had order'd to be burnt

appear, by the hands of the common hang Or iun, or moon, &C.

7. Again

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