To Mr. H. Lawes on His Airs

by John Milton

Harry, whose tuneful and well-measured song
    First taught our English music how to span
    Words with just note and accent, not to scan
    With Midas' ears, committing short and long,
Thy worth and skill exempts thee from the throng,
    With praise enough for Envy to look wan;
    To after age thou shalt be writ the man
    That with smooth air couldst humor best our tongue.
Thou honor'st Verse, and Verse must send her wing
    To honor thee, the priest of PhÅ“bus' quire,
    That tunest their happiest lines in hymn or story.
Dante shall give Fame leave to set thee higher
    Than his Casella, whom he wooed to sing,
    Met in the milder shades of Purgatory.

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