John Milton


To Mr. H. Lawes on His Airs


Harry, whose tuneful and well-measured song
First taught our English music how to span
Words with just note and accent, not to scan
With Midasí ears, committing short and long,
Thy worth and skill exempts thee from the throng,
With praise enough for Envy to look wan;
To after age thou shalt be writ the man
That with smooth air couldst humour best our tongue.
Thou honouríst Verse, and Verse must lend her wing
To honour thee, the priest of Phœbusí quire,
That tunest their happiest lines in hymn or story.
Dante shall give Fame leave to set thee higher
Than his Casella, whom he wooed to sing,
Met in the milder shades of Purgatory. 






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