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SONNET: 17, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lawrence of virtuous father virtuous son
Last Line: To interpose them oft, is not unwise.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 20. To Mr. Lawrence;to Mr. Lawrence
Subject(s): Lawrence, Edward (1633-1657)


LAWRENCE of vertuous Father vertuous Son,
Now that the Fields are dank, and ways are mire,
Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
Help wast a sullen day; what may be won
From the hard Season gaining: time will run
On smoother, till Favonius re-inspire
The frozen earth; and cloth in fresh attire
The Lillie and Rose, that neither sow'd nor spun.
What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice,
Of Attick tast, with Wine, whence we may rise
To hear the Lute well toucht, or artfull voice
Warble immortal Notes and Tuskan Ayre?
He who of those delights can judge, and spare
To interpose them oft, is not unwise.





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