John Milton's Ode to the Ancient Waldensians.
Many do not realize the Waldensian church claims a lineage that goes back centuries before the Reformation, maintaining the Biblical faith and the text of scripture in their valley refuge since ancient times, a fact attested by Milton, himself, as well as Oliver Cromwell, Theodore Beza, William Farel, and many others.
"On the Late Massacre in Piedmont"
Written by the author of "Paradise Lost" upon hearing of the massacre of Waldensian Bible-believers by the soldiers of the Duke of Savoy, Charles Emmanuel II in 1655
"Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones
Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold,
E'en them who kept Thy Truth so pure of old,
When all OUR fathers worshipped stocks and stones;
Forget not! In Thy book record their groans
Who were Thy sheep and in their ancient fold
Slain by 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 flee the Babylonian woe."
Read more of the incredible history of these primitive Christians in "The Pilgrim Church," by E. H. Broadbent; "A Short History of the Italian Waldenses" by Sophia Bompiani; "The Israel of the Alps" by Alexis Muston; "History of the Waldenses," by J. A. Wylie; or "The Trail of Blood," by J. M. Carroll