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On the late massacre in Piedmont

Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones
Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold;
Even them who kept thy truth so pure of old,
When all our fathers worshiped stocks and stones,
Forget not: in thy book record their groans
Who were thy sheep, and in their ancient fold
Slain by the bloody Piedmontese, that rolled
Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans
The vales redoubled to the hills, and they
To heaven. Their martyred blood and ashes sow
O'er all the Italian fields, where still doth sway
The triple Tyrant; that from these may grow
A hundredfold, who, having learnt thy way,
Early may fly the Babylonian woe.


On the late massacre in Piedmont is a political sonnet.It was wrote in the puritan period for the Waldesians defence,and pirvately Milton vented his anger.In the spring of 1655 the Duke of Savoy ordered a small protestant comunity,the Waldenses either to become Catholics or to live in Piedmont within 20 days.When they resisted he had them massacred.

The rhyming scheme is ABBA divided into 2quatrains and 2tersine.The text is more argomentative,and it is an italian sonnet.It is simil to a prey, a little cruel,and there is a contraddiction because in this sonnet Milton says that mustn't massacre the Waldesians but he does the same thing against Christian signed the agreement of provvediment against Cattolicism with Cromwell

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