7 July 2008 | Vol. 8, No. 2

On the Same

I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs

   By the known rules of ancient liberty,

   When straight a barbarous noise environs me

   Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes, and dogs;

As when those hinds that were transformed to frogs

   Railed at Latona's twin-born progeny,

   Which after held the Sun and Moon in fee.

   But this is got by casting pearl to hogs,

That bawl for freedom in their senseless mood,

   And still revolt when Truth would set them free.

   Licence they mean when they cry Liberty;

For who loves that must first be wise and good:

   But from that mark how far they rove we see,

   For all this waste of wealth and loss of blood.

About the author:

1608-1674. John Milton was one of the great English poets, known best for the epic poem, Paradise Lost.

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