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Sonnet 10
(9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674 / London, England)

Sonnet 10

Poem By John Milton

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Daughter to that good Earl, once President
Of Englands Counsel, and her Treasury,
Who liv'd in both, unstain'd with gold or fee,
And left them both, more in himself content,
Till the sad breaking of that Parlament
Broke him, as that dishonest victory
At Chaeronea, fatal to liberty
Kil'd with report that Old man eloquent,
Though later born, then to have known the dayes
Wherin your Father flourisht, yet by you
Madam, me thinks I see him living yet;
So well your words his noble vertues praise,
That all both judge you to relate them true,
And to possess them, Honour'd Margaret.

Note: Camb. autograph supplies title, To the Lady Margaret
Ley.

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I’m glad I found this, thanks! I was reading some poems by Hester Pulter, and came across the suggestion that she was the sister of Margaret Ley. Do you know why some collections of Milton call “sonnet10” the one beginning, “Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son”.


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