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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Sonnet to Sir Henry Vane
By John Milton (1608–1674)
 
VANE, young in years, but in sage counsel old,
    Than whom a better senator ne’er held
    The helm of Rome, when gowns, not arms, repelled
    The fierce Epirot, and the African bold,
Whether to settle peace, or to unfold        5
    The drift of hollow states, hard to be spelled;
    Then to advise how War may, best upheld,
    Move by her two main nerves, iron and gold,
In all her equipage: besides to know
    Both spiritual power and civil, what each means,        10
    What severs each, thou hast learned, which few have done:
The bounds of either sword to thee we owe:
    Therefore on thy firm hand Religion leans
    In peace, and reckons thee her eldest son.
 
 
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