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SONNET: 15. TO THE LORD GENERAL FAIRFAX, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fairfax, whose name in arms through europe rings
Last Line: While avarice, and rapine share the land.
Variant Title(s): On The Lord General Fairfax At The Siege Of Colchester
Subject(s): Colchester, Siege Of (1647); Fairfax, Thomas. 3rd Baron (1612-1671)


Fairfax, whose name in arms through Europe rings
Filling each mouth with envy, or with praise,
And all her jealous monarchs with amaze,
And rumours loud, that daunt remotest kings,
Thy firm unshaken virtue ever brings
Victory home, though new rebellions raise
Their Hydra heads, and the false North displays
Her broken league, to imp their serpent wings,
O yet a nobler task awaits thy hand;
For what can war, but endless war still breed,
Till truth, and right from violence be freed,
And public faith cleared from the shameful brand
Of public fraud. In vain doth valour bleed
While avarice, and rapine share the land.





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