1] This sonnet is addressed to Edward Lawrence (1633-79), son of Henry Lawrence, President of Cromwell's Council of State.
6] Favonius: Zephyrus, the west wind.
8] Cf. Matt. vi.28.
10] Attic: i.e., frugal and refined.
12] Tuscan air: the songs of Italy.
13] spare to interpose them oft: refrain from indulging in them often; or, spare time to indulge in them often. The former accords better with the Horatian sentiment of the poem.
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Original text: John Milton, Poems, 2nd edn. (London: Thomas Dring, 1673); facs. edn., Complete Poetical Works reproduced in photographic facsimile, comp. H. F. Fletcher (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1943-48). PR 3551 F52 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1673
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.371; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/24
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