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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Milton
 
LXX. When the Assault Was Intended to the City
 
CAPTAIN, or Colonel, or Knight in Arms, 
  Whose chance on these defenceless doors may seize, 
  If deed of honour did thee ever please, 
Guard them, and him within protect from harms. 
He can requite thee; for he knows the charms         5
  That call fame on such gentle acts as these, 
  And he can spread thy name o'er lands and seas, 
Whatever clime the sun's bright circle warms. 
Lift not thy spear against the Muses' bower: 
  The great Emathian conqueror bid spare  10
The house of Pindarus, when temple and tower 
  Went to the ground; and the repeated air 
Of sad Electra's poet had the power 
  To save the Athenian walls from ruin bare. 
 
 
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