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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Milton
 
LXXVII. To Cyriack Skinner
 
CYRIACK, whose grandsire, on the royal bench 
  Of British Themis, with no mean applause 
  Pronounced, and in his volumes taught, our laws, 
Which others at their bar so often wrench; 
To-day deep thoughts resolve with me to drench         5
  In mirth, that after no repenting draws; 
  Let Euclid rest, and Archimedes pause, 
And what the Swede intends, and what the French. 
To measure life learn thou betimes, and know 
  Toward solid good what leads the nearest way;  10
For other things mild Heaven a time ordains, 
And disapproves that care, though wise in show, 
  That with superfluous burden loads the day, 
And, when God sends a cheerful hour, refrains. 
 
 
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