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ON THE RELIGIOUS MEMORY OF MRS. CATHERINE
Had ripen’d thy just soul to dwell with God,
Of death, call'd life; which us from life doth sever.
Stay'd not behind, nor in the grave were trod;
Follow'd thee up to joy and bliss for ever.
Thy handmaids, clad them o'er with purple beams
And azure wings, that up they flew so drest,
Before the Judge, who thenceforth bid thee rest
TO THE LORD GENERAL FAIRFAX.?
Filling each mouth with envy or with praise,
And rumours loud, that daunt remotest kings,
Victory home, though new rebellions raise
Vhen Milton was first made Latin etary to Cromwell, he lodged at a Mr. omson's, next to the “Bull Head" rern, Charing Cross. Mrs. Thomson upposed to have been the wife of his dlord.-NEWTON. Addressed to Fairfax at the siege of chester. It was first printed, to
gether with the two following sonnets, and the two to Cyriack Skinner, at the end of Phillips's “ Life of Milton,” 1694.
3 The English Parliament held that the Scotch had broken their covenant by marching into England, led by Hamilton,
O yet a nobler task awaits thy hand,
(For what can war, but endless war still breed ?)
Till truth and right from violence be freed,
Of public fraud. In vain doth valour bleed,
TO THE LORD ĠENERAL CROMWELL.
Not of war only, but detractions rude,
To peace and truth thy glorious way hast plough'd,
Hast rear'd God's trophies, and his work pursued,
And Dunbar field resounds thy praises loud,
To conquer still; peace hath her victories
No less renown'd than war: new foes arise
Help us to save free conscience from the páw
1 A small river near Preston, in Lancả. shire, where Cromwell defeated the Scots under the Duke of Hamilton in August, 1648.
2 Dunbar and Worcester were both
fought September 3-one 1650, the other 1651.
3 He alludes to the Presbyterian ciers They tried to persuade Cromwell to u the secular power against Sectaries.
TO SIR HENRY VANE THE YOUNGER.'
Than whom a better senator ne'er held
The fierce Epirot and the African bold,
The drift of hollow states a hard to be spell’d,
Move by her two main nerves, iron and gold
Both spiritual pow'r and civil, what each means,
What severs each, thou hast learn'd, which few have The bounds of either sword to
done : Therefore on thy firm hand Religion leans In peace, and reckons thee her eldest son.
AVENGE, O Lord, thy slaughter'd saints, whose bones
mountains cold ;
! This sonnet seems to have been written in behalf of the Independents against the Presbyterian hierarchy, Vane was the chief of the Independents, and therefore Milton's friend. He was a most eccentric character, a mixture of the wildest fanaticism and good sense. He was beheaded after the Restoration, 1662.- From WARTON.
2 The States of Holland,
3 In 1665 the Duke of Savoy determined to make his reformed sub.
ut jects in Piedmont return to the Roman Church. All who refused compliance with the sovereign's will were massacred. Those who escaped, concealed in their mountain fastnesses, sent to Cromwell for relief. Milton's Troly indignation found expression in this fino sonnet, which was of great effect. Cromwell commanded a general fast: and a national contribution for the relief of the sufferers. £40,000 were colleoted, He then wrote to the Duke; And Ag
Forget not: in thy book record their
groans Who were thy sheep, and in their ancient fold Slain by the bloody Piedmontese that rollid
Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans The vales redoubled to the hills, and they
To Heav'n. Their martvr'd blood and ashes sow
O'er all th' Italian fields, where still doth sway
A hundred fold, who having learn'd thy way
ON HIS BLINDNESS.
WHEN I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide ;
I fondly ask: But Patience, to prevent
Either man's work, or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best: his state Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
great was the terror of the English natre- the Protector threatened that his ships should visit Civita Vecchia-that be persecution was stopped, and the surviving inhabitants of be valleys
were restored to their homes and to
| The Pope.
TO MR. LAWRENCE.
LAWRENCE, of virtuous father virtuous son,
Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire,
On smoother, till Favonius ? re-inspire
The lily and rose, that neither sow'd nor spun.
Of Attic taste, with wine, whence we may rise
To hear the lute well touch'd, or artful voice
He who of those delights can judge, and spare
TO CYRIAC SKINNER.
CYRIAC, whose grandsire : on the royal bench
Of British Themis, with no mean applause
Which others at their bar so often wrench;
In mirth, that after po repenting draws;
Son of Henry Lawrence, Member for 'rtfordshire, who was active in settling - Protectorate on Cromwell. Milton's end was the author of a work called Of our Communion and Warre with gels,” &c., 1646. 4to.-TODD. The West Wind. Lord Coke. Cyriac Skinner was the of William Skinner and Bridget,
daughter of Lord Coke. He had been a pupil of Milton's, and was one of the principal members of Harrington's PoTitical Club.
4 Charles Gustavus, King of Sweden,' was then at war with Poland, and the French were fighting the Spaniards in the Netherlands.