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John Milton. (1608–1674).  Complete Poems.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
To Cyriack Skinner
 
(1656)
 
 
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 intend, 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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