On The Same

I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs
By the known rules of ancient liberty,
When straight a barbarous noise environs me
Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes, and dogs;
As when those hinds that were transformed to frogs
Railed at Latona’s twin-born progeny,
Which after held the Sun and Moon in fee.
But this is got by casting pearl to hogs,
That bawl for freedom in their senseless mood,
And still revolt when Truth would set them free.
Licence they mean when they cry Liberty;
For who loves that must first be wise and good:
But from that mark how far they rove we see,
For all this waste of wealth and loss of blood.

by John Milton

Comments (11)

Great sonnet calling for revolt against 'all this waste of wealth and loss of blood. Nice message, too. When straight a barbarous noise environs me for freedom.... be wise and good
A powerful poem. Indeed, freedom and liberty, the cornerstones of democracy were attained by Truth. Revolution and rallies were drawn in this piece as unnecessary wastes of money and ultimately loss of lives. A great write.
Licence they mean when they cry Liberty; For who loves that must first be wise and good: .. nice. Beautiful poem shared.
But from that mark how far they rove we see, For all this waste of wealth and loss of blood. Silence at times is more powerful than the loudest. Lovely poem.
The silent truth speaks louder that the noisy lies.... great write by John Milton...
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