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by John Milton

 

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Passions in Poetry Home > All Poems > Classic Poetry > John Milton > Sonnet IX: To a Virtuous Young Lady Sonnet IX: To a Virtuous Young Lady
John Milton
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Sonnet VIII
by John Milton

When the assault was intended to the City

Captain or Colonel, or Knight in arms,
Whose chance on these defenceless doors may seize,
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
That call fame on such gentle acts as these,
And he can spread thy name o'er lands and seas,
Whatever clime the sun's bright circle warms.
Lift not thy spear against the Muses' bow'r:
The great Emathian conqueror did spare
The house of Pindarus, when temple and tow'r
Went to the ground: and the repeated air
Of sad Electra's poet had the pow'r
To save the Athenian walls from ruin bare.

 

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