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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VII. Invitation to an Attic Feast
By John Milton (1608–1674)
LAWRENCE, 1 of virtuous father virtuous son,
  Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire,
  Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
  Help waste a sullen day, what may be won
From the hard season gaining? Time will run        5
  On smoother, till Favonius re-inspire
  The frozen earth, and clothe in fresh attire
  The lily and rose, that neither sowed nor spun.
What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice,
  Of Attic taste, with wine, whence we may rise        10
  To hear the lute well touched, or artful voice
Warble immortal notes and Tuscan air?
  He who of those delights can judge, and spare
  To interpose them oft, is not unwise.
Note 1. This Mr. Lawrence was the son of the President of Cromwell’s Council. [back]

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