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Those rugged names to our like mouths grow fleek, 10 That would have made Quintilian ftare and gafp. Thy age, like ours, O Soul of Sir John Cheek *, Hated not learning worse than toad or aíp,
When thou taught'ft Cambridge, and king Edward Greek.
On the fame.
I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs
As when those hinds, that were transform'd to frogs, 5
Which after held the fun and moon in fee.
here wrongoufly named Galafp, was one of the Scotch commiffioners to the Westminster affembly. But who the other perfons were is not known. It appears from this fonnet, and the verfes on the forcers of confcience, that Milton treats the Prefbyterians with great contempt.
*This Gentleman was the firft Profeffor of the Greek tongue in the Univerfity of Cambridge, and was highly inftrumental in bringing that language into repute. He was afterwards made one of the tutors to Edward VI.
To Mr. H. LAWES on his Airs *.
Harry, whofe tuneful and well meafur'd song
To after age thou shalt be writ the man,
That with fmooth air could'st humour beft our tongue. Thou honor'st verse, and verfe muft lend her wing
To honor thee, the priest of Phœbus quire,
On the religious memory of Mrs. Catharine Thomfon, my chriftian friend, deceas'd 16 Dec. 1646 +.
When faith and love, which parted from thee never,
Of death, call'd life; which us from life doth fever.
*This Mr. Henry Lawes was a gentleman of the King's chapel, and one of his band of mufic, and an intimate friend of Milton.
+ Who this Mrs. Thomson was, fays Dr Newton, we cannot be certain; but I find in the accounts of Milton's life, that when he was first made Latin Secretary, he lodged at one Thomson's next door to the Bull-head tavern at Charing-Crofs. This Mrs. Thomfon therefore was in all probability one of that family.
Thy works and alms and all thy good endevor
To the Lord General FAIRFAX *.
Fairfax, whofe name in arms through Europe rings,
Thy firm unshaken virtue ever brings
Victory home, though new rebellions raise
Their Hydra heads, and the falfe North displays
O yet a nobler task awaits thy hand,
(For what can war, but endless war still breed?)
*This fonnet appears from the manufcript to have been addreffed to Gen. Fairfax at the fiege of Colchester, which was carried on in the fummer 1648.
To the Lord General CROMWELL*.
Cromwell, our chief of men, who through a cloud
To peace and truth thy glorious way haft plough'd,
To Sir HENRY VANE the younger.
Vane, young in years, but in fage counsel old,
The helm of Rome, when gowns not arms repell'd The fierce Epirot and the African bold,
Whether to fettle peace, or to unfold
The drift of hollow ftates hard to be spell'd,
In the Author's manufcript is this infcription. To the Lord General Cromwell, May 1652. On the proposals of certain ministers at the committee for popagation of the Gospel.
In all her equipage: besides to know
Both fpiritual pow'r and civil, what each means,
What fevers each, thou haft learn'd, which few have done:
The bounds of either fword to thee we owe :
On the late maffacre in Piemont *.
Avenge, O Lord, thy flaughter'd faints, whose bones
Who were thy sheep, and in their ancient fold
To Heav'n. Their martyr'd blood and afhes fow 10 O'er all the Italian fields, where still doth sway The triple Tyrant; that from these may grow
This perfecution of the Proteftants in Piemont broke out in 1655. In May that year Cromwell wrote feveral letters to the Duke of Savoy, and other potentates and ftates, complaining of that perfecution. Echard tells us, that he proclaimed a fast, and caufed large contributions to be gathered for them in England; that he fent his agents to the Duke of Savoy, a prince with whom he had no correfpondence or commerce, and the next year fo engaged Card. Mazarine, and even terrified the Pope himself, without fo much as doing any favour to the English Roman Catholics, that the Duke thought it neceflary to restore all that he had taken from them, and renewed all thofe privileges they had formerly enjoyed. "So great (adds Echard) was the terror of his name; nothing "being more ufual than his faying, that his ships in the Mediter"ranean fhould vifit Civita Vecchia, and the found of his cannon "fhould be heard in Rome."