Sonnets

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Author: John Milton  | Date: 1645

XII: On the same

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

Raild 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.

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Chicago: John Milton, "XII: On the Same," Sonnets in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0 (Irvine, CA: World Library, Inc., 1996), Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9R54JKY37FSZKL.

MLA: Milton, John. "XII: On the Same." Sonnets, in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, Irvine, CA, World Library, Inc., 1996, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9R54JKY37FSZKL.

Harvard: Milton, J, 'XII: On the Same' in Sonnets. cited in 1996, Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, World Library, Inc., Irvine, CA. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9R54JKY37FSZKL.