Captain or Colonel, or Knight in Arms

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Captain or Colonel, or Knight in Arms
by John Milton
From ''Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, compos'd at several times. [1645]

Captain or Colonel, or Knight in Arms,
  Whose chance on these defenceless dores may sease,
  If ever deed of honour did thee please,
  Guard them, and him within protect from harms,
He can requite thee, for he knows the charms
  That call Fame on such gentle acts as these,
  And he can spred thy Name o're Lands and Seas,
  What ever clime the Suns bright circle warms.
Lift not thy spear against the Muses Bowre,
  The great Emathian Conqueror bid spare
  The house of Pindarus, when Temple and Towre
Went to the ground: And the repeated air
  Of sad Electra's Poet had the power
  To save th' Athenian Walls from ruine bare.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.