, by John Milton
, was written in 1655
. It is addressed to Edward Lawrence
, the son of Henry Lawrence
, who was the president of Oliver Cromwell
's Council of State. Milton also worked in Cromwell's government, of which he was at times critical
- Line 8 refers to Matthew 6:28; I got as close as I could.
- Line 6, Favonius is another word for Zephyrus, which is the Latin word for the west wind. It's not just a random pipelink.
A . Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son,
B . Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire,
B . Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
A . Help waste a sullen day; what may be won
A . From the hard season gaining? Time will run
B . On smoother, till Favonius re-inspire
B . The frozen earth, and clothe in fresh attire
A . The lily and rose, that neither sow'd nor spun.
C . What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice,
D . Of Attic taste, with wine, whence we may rise
C . To hear the lute well touch'd, or artful voice
E . Warble immortal notes and Tuscan air?
E . He who of those delights can judge, and spare
D . To interpose them oft, is not unwise.