Cyriack, whose Grandsire on the Royal Bench

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Cyriack, whose Grandsire on the Royal Bench
by John Milton
From Poems &c. Upon Several Occasions [1673]

Cyriack, whose Grandsire on the Royal Bench
  Of Brittish Themis, with no mean applause
  Pronounc't and in his volumes taught our Lawes,
  Which others at their Barr so often wrench:
To day deep thoughts resolve with me to drench
  In mirth, that after no repenting drawes;
  Let Euclid rest and Archimedes pause,
  And what the Swede intend, and what the French.
To measure life, learn thou betimes, and know
  Toward solid good what leads the nearest way;
  For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains,
And disapproves that care, though wise in show,
  That with superfluous burden loads the day,
  And when God sends a cheerful hour, refrains.

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