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SONNET: 17. TO SIR HENRY VANE THE YOUNGER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old
Last Line: In peace, and reckons thee her eldest son.
Variant Title(s): To Sir Henry Vane The Younger
Subject(s): Puritans; Religion; Vane, The Younger, Sir Henry (1613-62); Theology


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
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,
What severs each, thou hast learnt, 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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