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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Sonnets: To the Lord General Cromwell
By John Milton (1608–1674)
May 1652
On the proposals of certain Ministers at the Committee for Propagation of the Gospel.

CROMWELL, our chief of men, who through a cloud
    Not of war only, but detractions rude,
    Guided by faith and matchless fortitude,
    To peace and truth thy glorious way hast plough’d,
And on the neck of crowned Fortune proud        5
    Hast rear’d God’s trophies, and his work pursued,
    While Darwen stream, with blood of Scots imbrued,
    And Dunbar field, resounds thy praises loud,
And Worcester’s laureate wreath: yet much remains
    To conquer still; peace hath her victories        10
    No less renowned than war: new foes arise,
Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains.
    Help us to save free conscience from the paw
    Of hireling wolves, whose gospel is their maw.

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