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Dinne, fe la tua speme fia mai vana,
Canzon dirotti, e tu per me rispondi
Quel ritroso io ch'amor fpreggiar foléa
Gia caddi, ov'huom dabben talhor s'impiglia.
M'abbaglian sì, ma sotto nova idea
Portamenti alti honefti, e nelle ciglia
Parole adorne di lingua piu d'una,
E'l cantar che di mezzo l'hemispero
E degli occhi fuoi auventa fi gran fuoco
Eller non puo che non fian lo mio fole
Per l'arene di Libia chi s'invia,
Da quel lato si spinge ove mi duole,
Chiaman sospir ; io non so che si sia :
Scosso mi il petto, e poi n'uscendo poco
Quivi d' attorno o s'agghiaccia, o s'ingiela;
Tutte le notti a me fuol far piovose
Poi che fuggir me fteffo in dubbio fono,
Faro divoto; io certo a prove tante
De pensieri leggiadro, accorto, e buono;
S'arma di se, e d'intero diamante,
Di timori, e speranze al popol use
Quanto d'ingegno, e d'alto valor vago,
Sol troverete in tal parte men duro
On his being arriv'd to the age of 23
How foon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth,
Stoll'n on his wing my three and twentieth year!
my late spring no bud or blossom shew'th.
That I to manhood am arriv'd so near,
That some more timely-happy fpirits indu'th.
It shall be still in strictest measure even
To thar fame lot, however mean or high,
All is, if I have grace to use it fo,
When the assault was intended to the City *.
Captain or Colonel, or Knight in arms,
Whose chance on these defenseless doors may feise, If deed of honour did thee ever please,
Guard them, and him within protect from harms. He can requite thee, for he knows the charms
5 That call fame on fuch gentle acts as these, And he can spread thy name o'er lands and seas,
Whatever clime the fan's bright circle warms. Lift not thy spear against the Muses bow's: 'The great Emathian conqueror bid fpare
30 The house of Pindarus, when temple' and tow'r Went to the ground: And the repeated air
Of fad Electra's poet had the pow'r
* In the manuscript, after the title, is added 1642. It was in November that year that the King marched with his army as near as Brentford, and put the city in great confternation.
Lady that in the prime of earliest youth
Wisely hast funn'd the broad way and the green, And with those few art eminently seen,
That labor up the hill of heav'nly truth, The better part with Mary and with Ruth
5 Chosen thou haft; and they, that overween, And at thy growing virtues fret their fpleen,
No anger find in thee, but pity and ruth. Thy care is fix'd, and zealously attends
To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light,
And hope that reaps not shame. Therefore be sure Thou, when the bridegroom with his feaftful friends
Passes to bliss at the mid hour of night,
Daughter to that good Earl, once President
Of England's Council, and her Treasury,
* We have given the title which is in Milton's Manuscript, To the Lady Margaret Ley. She was the daughter of Sir James Ley, whose fingular learning and abilities raised him through all the great posts of the law, till he came to he made Earl of Marlborough, and Lord High Treasurer, and Lord President of the Council to King James I. He died in an advanc'd age, and Milton attributes his death to the breaking of the parlament; and it is true that the parlament was dissolved the roth of March 1628-9, and he died on the 14th of the fame month. He left several fons and daughters; and the Lady Magaret was married to Captain Hobson of the Ille of Wight. It appears from the accounts of Milton's life, that in the year 1643 he used frequently to visit this lady and her husband, and about that time we may suppose that this sonnet was composed.
Who liv'd in both, unftaind with gold or fee,
And left them both, more in himfelf content,
Broke him, as that dishonest victory
Kill'd with report that old man eloquent.
father Aorish'd, yet by you, Madam, methinks I see him living yet ; So well your words his noble virtues praise,
That all both judge you to relate them true,
On the detraction which followed upon my
writing certain treatises *.
A book was writ of late callid Tetrachordon,
And woven close, both matter, form and stile;
Numb'ring good intellects; now seldom por'd on.
A title page is this ! and some in file
End Green. Why is it harder Sirs than Gordon,
* When Milton publifhed his book of divorce, he was greatly condemned by the Presbyterian ministers, whose advocate and champion he had been before. He publish'd his Tetrachordon, or Expofitions upon the four chief places în scripture, which treat of marriage or nullities in marriage, in 1645.
t.“ We may suppose, (says Dr Newton) that these were persons “ of note and eminence amongst the Scotch minifters who were “ for pressing and enforcing the covenant. ." Mr. George Gillespie,