Sonnet 10: Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son

By John Milton 1608–1674 John Milton

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
       On smoother, till Favonius re-inspire
       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
       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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Poet John Milton 1608–1674


Subjects Winter, Friends & Enemies, Time & Brevity, Nature, Relationships, Living

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John Milton’s career as a writer of prose and poetry spans three distinct eras: Stuart England; the Civil War (1642-1648) and Interregnum, including the Commonwealth (1649-1653) and Protectorate (1654-1660); and the Restoration. When Elizabeth I, the so-called Virgin Queen and the last of the Tudors, died, James VI, King of Scots, was enthroned as Britain’s king. Titled James I, he inaugurated the House of Stuart. His son and . . .

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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