Friday, April 18, 2008

Milton: the sheep look up


The hungry Sheep look up, and are not fed,
But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw,
Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread:
Besides what the grim Woolf with privy paw
Daily devours apace, and nothing sed,
But that two-handed engine at the door,
Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more.

John Milton (1608-1674)
Lycidas (1637)
lines 125-131