Lay for the Day 9th
Milton was born on this day in 1608.
around 1803 he returned to Earth, falling as a star into the foot of William
God, when he gave me
strength, to show withal
How slight the gift was, hung it in my hair.
Mary and Katherine,
RIP from birth
whose daughters would have sold the rest
of his bookes to the Dunghill women,
whose only son John was
no sooner given than taken back.
Yet from the bated, rigid darkness of that bed
The breath of heaven
fresh blowing, pure and sweet,
With day-spring born
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