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John Milton 1608-1674
John Milton
1608-1674


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NOTES:
John Milton is considered to be second only to William Shakespeare in the history of English literature.  His prose garners as much respect as his poetry, consisting of essays that trumpet for religious and intellectual freedom.

This sonnet is addressed to Edward Lawrence (1633-1679), son of Henry Lawrence.

Favonius: the west wind
Attic: lean and refined.
Tuscan air: the songs of Italy
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Lawrence of virtuous father virtuous son
John Milton (1608-1674), English poet

Lawrence of virtuous father virtuous son,
Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire,
Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
Help waste a sullen day; what may be won
From the hard season gaining: time will run
On smoother till Favonius reinspire
The frozen earth; and clothe in fresh attire
The lily and rose, that neither sowed nor spun.
What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice,
Of Attic taste, with wine, whence we may rise
To hear the lute well touched, or artful voice
Warble immortal notes and Tuscan air?
He who of those delights can judge, and spare
To interpose them oft, is not unwise.


Sonnet 17 from Poetical Works (1673)


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