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Forget not: in thy book record their groans
Who were thy sheep, and in their ancient fold
Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans The vales redoubled to the hills, and they
To Heay'n. Their martyr'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
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best: his state Is kirgly; thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
great was the terror of the English name-the Protector threatened that his ships should visit Civita Vecchia--that the persecution was stopped, and the surviving inhabitants of the 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,
Help waste a sullen day, what may be won
On smoother, till Favoniusre-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 8 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;
3 Son of Henry Lawrence, Member for A'ertfordshire, who was active in settling the Protectorate on Cromwell. Milton's friend was the author of a work called « Of our Communion and Warre with Angels," &c., 1646. 4to.-TODD.
2 The West Wind.
3 Lord Coke. Cyriac Skinner was the son 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 Political Club.
* Charles Gustavus, King of Sweden, was then at war with Poland, and the French were fighting the Spaniards id the Netherlands
To measure life learn thou betimes, and know
Toward solid good what leads the nearest ways
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 cheerful hour, refrains,
TO THE SAME
CYRIAC, this three years day these eyes, though clear,
To outward view, of blemish or of spot,
Nor to their idle orbs doth sight appear
Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
The conscience, Friend, t' have lost them overplied
In liberty's defence,' my noble task,
This thought might lead me thro' the world's vain mask
1 When Milton was engaged to answer Balmasius one of his eyes had nearly lost its sight. The physicians predicted the loss of both. if he used them. But Milton told Du Moulin, “I did not long balance whether my duty should be preferred to my eyes."
? The celebrated controversy with Salmasius originated thus: Charles II. employed that great scholar to write a
"Defence of Monarchy," and to vindicate his father's memory. Salmasius was the greatest scholar of his age. Grotius alone could compete with him. Selded speaks of him as “most admirable." The Council of the Commonwealth, therefore, did wisely in ordering Milton to answer him. How he did so at the price of his sight we see abova
ON HIS DECEASED WIFE.
METHOUGHT I saw my late espousèd saint
Brought to me like Alcestis ’ from the grare, Whom Jove's great son to her glad husband gave,
Rescued from death by force, though pale and faints Mine, as whom wash'd from spot of child-bed taint
Purification in the old law did save;
Fall sight of her in Heaven without restrainty
Her face was veil'd, yet to my fancied sight
Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined So clear, as in no face with more delight.
But oh! as to embrace me she inclined, I waked, she fled, and day brought back my night.
Catherine, the daughter of Captain Woodcock, of Hackney. She died in giving birth to a daughter, a year after ber marriage. She was Milton's second wife.
Aloestis, being told by an oracle that
her husband, Admetus, could never re. cover from a disease unless a friend died for bim, willingly laid down her life for him. Hercules, “Jove's great son," brought bar back from hell
Miscellaneous Poem and Translations.
· BECAUSE you
ON THE NEW FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE UNDER THE LONG PARLIAMENT.
have thrown off your prelate lord,
From them whose sin ye envied, not abhorrid,
To force our consciences that Christ set free,
Taught ye by mere A. S.? and Rotherford P3
Would have been held in high esteem with Paal,
Must now be named and printed heretics
But we do hope to find out all your tricks,
That so the Parliament
And succour our just fears,
1 In classes, or classical assemblies. The I resbyterians distributed London mto twelve classos; each chose two ministers and four lay elders to represent them in a Provincial Assembly,
? Adam Stuart, a Polemnical writer of the times, who ansvrered the “Independents' Plea for Toleration."
3 Samuel Rutherford, one of the Chief Commissioners of the Church of Scotland, and an avowed enemy to the Independents, Milton's sect.
4 Thomas Edwards, who wrote against the Independenta
Perhaps George Gillespie, a Scotch writer against the Independents. Milton hated the Scotch, and ridiculed their Dames.
6 The Council of Trent.
7 Balk, or bauk, is to spare. The meaning is, “ Your errors will be corrected, and your ears spared." Our readers will remember that the Star Chamber had inflicted the cruel punish ment of loss of ears on Prynne.
8 More tyrannical than of old