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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury. 1875.

John Milton

LXXXV. To the Lady Margaret Ley

DAUGHTER to that good Earl, once President

Of England’s Council and her Treasury,

Who lived in both, unstain’d with gold or fee,

And left them both, more in himself content,

Till the sad breaking of that Parliament

Broke him, as that dishonest victory

At Chæroneia, fatal to liberty,

Kill’d with report that old man eloquent;—

Though later born than to have known the days

Wherein your father flourish’d, yet by you,

Madam, methinks I see him living yet;

So well your words his noble virtues praise,

That all both judge you to relate them true,

And to possess them, honour’d Margaret.