John Milton


To Cyriack Skinner

Cyriack, whose grandsire on the royal bench
    Of British Themis, with no mean applause,
    Pronounced, and in his volumes taught, our laws,
    Which others at their bar so often wrench;
To-day deep thoughts resolve with me to drench
    In mirth that after no repenting draws;
    Let Euclid rest, and Archimedes pause,
    And what the Swede intends, and what the French.
To measure life learn thou betimes, and know
    Toward solid good what leads the nearest way;
    For other things mild Heaven 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.




The Poetical Works of John Milton. W. A. Wright, ed.
        Cambridge: University Press, 1903. 85.

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