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John Milton
1608-1674
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Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughter'd saints, whose bones
On the University Carrier

 


On Time
 


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SONNET XVIII: ON THE LATE MASSACRE IN PIEMONT

1 Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughter'd saints, whose bones
2 Lie scatter'd on the Alpine mountains cold,
3 Ev'n them who kept thy truth so pure of old,
4 When all our fathers worshipp'd stocks and stones;
5 Forget not: in thy book record their groans
6 Who were thy sheep and in their ancient fold
7 Slain by the bloody Piemontese that roll'd
8 Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans
9 The vales redoubl'd to the hills, and they
10 To Heav'n. Their martyr'd blood and ashes sow
11 O'er all th' Italian fields where still doth sway
12 The triple tyrant; that from these may grow
13 A hundred-fold, who having learnt thy way
14 Early may fly the Babylonian woe.



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On the University Carrier

Here lies old Hobson, Death hath broke his girt,
And here alas, hath laid him in the dirt,
Or els the ways being foul, twenty to one,
He's here stuck in a slough, and overthrown.
'Twas such a shifter, that if truth were known,
Death was half glad when he had got him down;
For he had any time this ten yeers full,
Dodg'd with him, betwixt Cambridge and the Bull.
And surely, Death could never have prevail'd,
Had not his weekly cours of carriage fail'd;
But lately finding him so long at home,
And thinking now his journeys end was come,
And that he had tane up his latest Inne,
In the kind office of a Chamberlin
Shew'd him his room where he must lodge that night,
Pull'd off his Boots, and took away the light:
If any ask for him, it shall be sed,
Hobson has supt, and 's newly gon to bed.


On Time

Fly, envious Time, till thou run out of race,
Call on the lazy, leaden-stepping hours,
Whose speed is but the heavyplummets pace,
And glut thyself with what thy womb devours,
Which is ot more than what is false and vain,
And merely mortal dross.
So little is our loss,
So little is thy gain.
For when as each thing bad thou hast entombed,
And last of all thy greedy self consumed,
Then long Eternity shall greet our bliss
With an individual kiss,
And joy shall overtakeus as a flood;
When every thing that is sincerely good
And perfectly divine,
With Truth, and Peace, and Love that ever shine
About the supreme throne
Of him, twhose happy-making sight alone
Whence our heavenly-guided soul shall climb,
Then, all this earthy grossness quit,
Attired with stars we shall for ever sit
Thriumphing over Death, and Chance, and thee, O Time!


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