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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Sonnet on the Late Massacre in Piemont
By John Milton (1608–1674)
 
AVENGE, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones
  Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold;
  Even them who kept thy truth so pure of old,
  When all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones,
Forget not: in thy book record their groans        5
  Who were thy sheep, and in their ancient fold
  Slain by the bloody Piemontese that rolled
  Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans
The vales redoubled to the hills, and they
  To Heaven. Their martyred blood and ashes sow        10
  O’er all the Italian fields, where still doth sway
The triple tyrant; that from these may grow
  A hundred-fold, who, having learned thy way,
  Early may fly the Babylonian woe.
 
 
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