Posted by: Democratic Thinker | February 28, 2015

On the Same

Latona—“I beg of you to give me a drink of water.”

“I beg of you to give me a drink of water.”


On the Same.
(On the reception his Book of Divorce met with.)


I DID but prompt the age to quit their cloggs
By the known rules of antient libertie,
When strait a barbarous noise environs me
Of Owles and Cuckoes, Asses, Apes and Doggs.
As when those Hinds that were transform’d to Froggs
Rail’d at Latona’s twin-born progenie
Which after held the Sun and Moon in fee.
But this is got by casting Pearl to Hoggs;
That bawle for freedom in their senceless mood,
And still revolt when truth would set them free.
Licence they mean when they cry libertie;
For who loves that, must first be wise and good;
But from that mark how far they roave we see
For all this wast of wealth, and loss of blood.

John Milton.