John Milton

(9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674 / London, England)

On The Same - Poem by John Milton

I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs
By the known rules of ancient liberty,
When straight a barbarous noise environs me
Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes, and dogs;
As when those hinds that were transformed to frogs
Railed at Latona’s twin-born progeny,
Which after held the Sun and Moon in fee.
But this is got by casting pearl to hogs,
That bawl for freedom in their senseless mood,
And still revolt when Truth would set them free.
Licence they mean when they cry Liberty;
For who loves that must first be wise and good:
But from that mark how far they rove we see,
For all this waste of wealth and loss of blood.


Comments about On The Same by John Milton

  • Amar Agarwala (11/4/2016 8:10:00 PM)


    Milton's poetry was never easy to understand, but then the deepest thoughts are never easy to comprehend. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/4/2016 6:31:00 AM)


    Incomprehensible without the political context. (Report) Reply

  • (11/4/2016 5:02:00 AM)


    Licence they mean when they cry Liberty;
    For who loves that must be wise and good.
    A great truth put forth through this brilliant write by the great John Milton. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/4/2016 3:17:00 AM)


    That bawl for freedom in their senseless mood,
    And still revolt when Truth would set them free.

    Some people ignore the truth of the words of God written in the Bible.... Nice sharing.... Thanks..
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/4/2016 1:46:00 AM)

    Casting pearl to hogs
    Clogs, logs! Of ancient liberty. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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