God’s Revelation (001-002)

Merritt Hughes comments on this poem by writing

In May, 1655, in several official letters to European rulers on Cromwell’s behalf, Milton protested against the abrupt termination of freedom of worship for the Waldensians and its violent enforcement on April 24th, 1655, in the ‘Piedmontese Easter.’ The full story was later told by Cromwell’s special envoy to the Duke of Savoy… Milton’s sonnet opens like his Letter of State to the king of Sweeden, which described the Waldensians as ‘forced to wander over mountains and through perpetual winter with their wives and children’; but the sonnet rises above its topical subject to a vision of Truth triumphant. (167)

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