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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Milton
 
LXXVI. To Mr. Lawrence
 
LAWRENCE, 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 reinspire 
  The frozen earth, and clothe in fresh attire 
The lily and rose, that neither sow'd 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 touch'd, 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. 
 
 
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