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John Milton. (1608–1674).  Complete Poems.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
To Sir Henry Vane the Younger
 
(1652)
 
 
VANE, young in years, but in sage counsel old,
  Than whom a better senator ne’er held
  The helm of Rome, when gowns, not arms, repelled
  The fierce Epirot and the African bold,
Whether to settle peace, or to unfold        5
  The drift of hollow states hard to be spelled;
  Then to advise how war may best, upheld,
  Move by her two main nerves, iron and gold,
In all her equipage; besides, to know
  Both spiritual power and civil, what each means,        10
  What severs each, thou hast learned, which few have done.
The bounds of either sword to thee we owe:
  Therefore on thy firm hand Religion leans
  In peace, and reckons thee her eldest son.
 

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