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Epodos.
Vos tandem haud vacui mei labores,
Quicquid hoc sterile fudít ingenium,
Jam serò placidam fperare jubeo

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Perfunctam invidiâ requiem, fedesque beatas
Quas bonus Hermes
Et tutela dabit folers Roüsi,
Quo neque lingua procax vulgi penetrabit, atque longe
Turba legentum prava faceslet;

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At ultimi nepotes,
Et cordatior ætas
Judicia rebus æquiora forsitan
Adhibebit integro sinu.

Tum livore sepulto,
Si quid meremur sana posteritas fciet
Roüfio favente,

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Ode tribus constat Strophis, totidemque Antiftrophis, unâ demum Epodo clausis, quas, tametfi omnes nec versuum numero, nec certis ubique colis exactè respondeant, ita tamen secuimus, commodè legendi patiùs, quàm ad antiquos concinendi modos rationem fpectantes. Alioquin hoc genus rectiùs fortaffe dici monoftrophicum debuerat. Metra partim funt xati. σχέσιν, partim απολελυμένα. Ρhaleucia que fiunt Spondæum tertio loco bis admittunt, quodi idem in fecundo lgco Catullus ad libitum fecit..

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Ad CHRISTINAM Suecorum Reginam nomine

Cromwelli *.

Cernis quas

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Christina, Arctoï lucida stella poli,
merui dura sub casside

rugas, Utque senex armis impiger ora tero; Invia fatorum dum per vestigia nitor,

Exequor et populi fortia jussa manu.
Alt tibi submittit frontem reverentior umbra ;

Nec sunt hi vultus Regibus usque truces.

TRANSLATION, from TOLAND's Life of MILTON.

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The northern pole supports thy shining throne; Behold what furrows age and steel can plow, The helmet's weight oppress’d this wrinkled brow. Through fate's untrodden paths I move, my hands. Still act

my, free-born people's bold commands : Yet this stern shade to you submits his frowns, Nor are these looks always severe to crowns.

* These verses were sent to Christina Queen of Sweden with Cromwell's picture, and are by some ascribed to Andrew Marvel, as by others to Milton: but I should rather think they were Milton's, being more within his province as Latin Secretary.

A FRAG

A FRAGMENT, from the Italianz
Addressed to a young Lady, at Florence, who did not

understand English.
WHEN, in your language, I, unskill'd, address

The short-pac'd efforts of a trammel'd Muse;
Soft Italy's fair critics round Me press,

And my mistaking passion thus 'accuse.
Why, to our tongue's disgrace, does thy dumb love

Strive, in rough sound, soft meaning to impart?
He must select his words who speaks to move,

And point his purpose at the hearer's heart.
Then laughing they repeat my languid lays

Nymphs of thy native clime, perhaps—they cry,
For.whom thou hast a tongue, may feel thy praise ;

But we must understand ere we comply !
Do thou, my soul's soft hope, these triflers awe!

Tell them, 'tis nothing, how, or what, I write;
Since love from silent looks can language draw,

And scorns the lame impertinence of wit.

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AMSON Agonistes

page 1 Poems on several Occasions

67 On the death of a fair Infant dying of a cough At a Vacation Exercise in the College

75 On the Morning of Christ's Nativity The Passion On Time

92 Upon the Circumcision

93 At a Solemn Music

94 An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester Song. On May Morning

97 On Shakespear

98 On the University Carrier

99 Another on the same

- ibid. L'Allegro

IOI 11 Penseroso

106 Arcades A Malk

117 Lycidas

159 The

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The Fifth Ode of Horace. Lib. 1. English'd 166
On the new forcers of conscience under the Long Par-
liament

168
Sonnets

- 169
To the Nightingale

ibid.
On his being arrived to the age of 23

173
When the assault was intended to the city - ibid.
To a virtuous young Lady

174
To the Lady Margaret Ley

- ibid.
On the detraction which followed upon my writing
certain Treatises

175
On the same

176
To Mr. H. Lawes on his Airs

ibid.
On the religious memory of Mrs. Catharine Thomson

177
To the Lord General Fairfax

178
To the Lord General Cromwell

ibid.
To Sir Henry Vane the younger

179
On the late Massacre in Piemont

180
On his blindness

- ibid.
To Mr. Lawrence

181
To Syriac Skinner
To the same

. ibid.
On his deceased Wife

183
Psalms

185
Joannis Miltoni Londinensis Poemata

229
Elegiarum liber primus

231
Elegia Prima. Ad Carolum Deodatum ibid.
Elegia Sccunda. In obitum Præconis Academici Can-
tabrigiensis

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