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Sonnet 9: Lady That in the Prime of Earliest Youth

John Milton (1608–1674)

Lady that in the prime of earliest youth
Wisely hast shunned the broad way and the green,
And with those few art eminently seen
That labor up the hill of heavenly Truth,

The better part with Mary, and with Ruth,
Chosen thou hast; and they that overween
And at thy growing virtues fret their spleen,
No anger find in thee, but pity and ruth.

Thy care is fixed and zealously attends
To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light,
And hope that reaps not shame. Therefore be sure

Thou, when the Bridegroom with his feastful friends
Passes to bliss at the mid-hour of night,
Hast gained thy entrance, virgin wise and pure.

Ordained Servant Online, February 2020.

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