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Fallacious hope, or arm th* obdurdd breast
With stubborn iiatience as with triple steel.

A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog.


And feel by turns the bitter change

Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more

From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
Their soft ethereal warmth, and there te

Iinmovable, infixed, and frozen round
Periods of time, thence hurried back to fire.

Than fables yet have feigned, or fear

Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire.

/. 6t6.

If shape it might be called that shape had
none. /. 667,

Black it stood as night.
Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
And shook a dreadful dart. /. 670,

Whence and what art thou, execrable
shape? I- 681.

Back to thy punishment
False fugitive, and to thy sj^ed add 'brings.


The grisly terror. [Death.]

Their fatal hands
No second stroke intend.



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So frowned the mighty oombatanti, that

Grew darker at their frown.

ParadiM Lost. Book f , I. 719.

Hell trembled at the hideous name, and

From all her caves, and hack resonnded

Death. /. 788.

Grim death. /. 8O4.

Grinned horrible a ghastly smile, to hear
His famine should he fiUed. /. 845.

The fatal key.
Sad instrument of all our woe. I, S7I,

She opened ; but to shut
Excelled her power. /. 88S.

For hot, cold, moist, and diy, four cham-
pions fierce,
Strive here for mastery,- I. 898.

Chaos umpire sits,
And b^ decision more embroils the fray
Bv wmch he reigns : next him hieh arbiter
Chance governs all. Into this wud abyss,
The womb of Nature, and perhaps her
grave. /. 9C7.

To compare
Great things with smalL L 9tl.

With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues

his way,
And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or

flies. /. 949.

Sable-vested Night, eldest of things. /. 9Gt.

And Discord, with a thousand various
mouths. /. i*67.

With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,
Confusion worse confounded. /. 905.

Havoc, and spoil, and ruin are my gain.

So he with difficulty and labour hard
Moved on, with difficulty and labour he.

/. lOtl.
This pendent world, in bigness as a star
Of smallest magnitude close by the moon.*

/. 105t
Hail, holy Light, offspring of Heaven first-
Or of th* Eternal co-etemal beam.
May I express thee uublamed P

Book 3, 1 1.

The rising world of waters dark and deep.

Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary

Harmonious numbers. L S7.

• OS, " ICeasnro for ICeMnre," 8, J.

Seasons return, but not to me returns
Day, or the sweet approach of even or mom.
Or sight of vemal bloom, or summer's rose,
Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine.

From the cheerful wajrs of men
Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair
Presented with an universal blank
Of Nature's works, to me expunged and

And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.

Sufficient to have stood, though free to falL

/. 99.
To Tirayer, repentance, and obedience due.

/. 191.
Loud as from nimibers without number,

As from blest voices, uttering joy. A ZJj/^.

Dark with excessive bright.


O unexampled love !
Love nowhere to be found less than Divine !

Embryos and idiots, eremites and friars
White, black, ana grey, with all their
trumpery. /. Jpf4*

Into a Limbo laive and broad, since called
The Paradise of Fools, to few unknown.

Unspeakable desire to see, and know
All these His wondrous works, but chiefly
man. /. iJGo.

For neither man nor angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone. I. 68t.

And oft, though Wisdom wake. Suspicion

At Wisdom's eate, and to Simplicity
Besigns her charge, while Goodness thinks

no ill
Where no ill seems. I. 686.

Thy desire, which tends to know
The works of God, thereby to glorify
The great Work •Master, leads to no excess
That reaches blame, but rather merits praise
The more it seems excess. /. 094'

The hell within him. Book 4, L tO.

Now Conscience wakes Despair
That slumbered ; wakes the bitter memory
Of what he was, what is, and what must be.


At whose sight all the stars
Hide their diminished heads. /. $4.

And understood not that a grateful mind


By owiiig, owes not, but ttOl pays, at onoe
Indebtea and dischaiged.


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lienuaenklde I -which, way shall I fly
Infimta wrath, and iniiiiite despait r
VHuch way I fiy is Hell ; myself am Hell ;
And m the lowest deep a lower deep,
86\i threatening to devour me opens wide,
To wluch the Mell I soff er seems a Heaven.
Paradise Lost. Book 4, 1. 73.

Eodi ^oy ambition finds. /. 9S,

8o lareweiU hope, and with hope farewell

Yarewell remorse : all good to me is lost ;

£▼11, be thou my good. /. 108,

The first

That practised falsehood under saintlj^ show,

Beep malice to conceal, couched with re-
venge. /. ISl,

Sabean odours from tiie spicy shore

Of Araby the Blest. /. 16S,

So domb this first grand thief into God's fold;
So since into his church lewd hirelings climb.
Thence up he flew, and on the tree of life
The middle tree and highest there that grew.
Sat like a cormorant f, 192.

A Hearen on Earth,
The unpierced shada


OroTes whose rich trees wept odorous gums
and balm. /. 248.

Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the


The mantJing vina /. 258.

For contemplation he and valour formed ;
For softness she and sweet attractive grace ;
He for God only, she for Ood in him :
His fair large front and eye sublime declared
Absolnte nue ; and hyacmthine locks
Bound from his parted forelock manly hung
dust'ring, but not beneath his shoulders
broad. 1.297.

Which implied
Subjection, but required with gentle sway
And by her yielded, by him best received ;
Yiddra with coy submission, modest pride,
And sweet reluctant amorous delay. /. S07.

Adam, the goodliest man of men since bom
His sons : ue fairest of her daughters Eve.

So spake the fiend, and with necessity.
The tvrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds.

Impaiadised in one another*s arms. /. 606.
"Sow came tsiSl erening on, and twilight grey
Had in her sober livery all things clad.

All but the wakeful nightingale ;
She aU night long her amorous de«»nt sung ;
fiileDce was pleased. If ow glowed the firma-

wSh Uring sapphires. 1. 602.

Till the moon
Bising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen, unveUed her peerless light,
And o*er the dark her silver mantle threw.


The timely dew of sleep. /. 6I4.

God is thy law, thou mine; to know no

Is woman's happiest knowledge and her

praise. /. GST.

With thee conversing I forget all time ;
All seasons and their change, all please

Sweet is the breath of Mom, her rising


With charm of earliest birds; pleasant the

When first on this delightful land he ^reads
His orient beams, on herb, tree, fnut, and

Glist'ring with dew; fragrant the fertile

After soft showers ; and sweet the coming

Of grateful evening mild ; then silent Night,
With this her solenm bird, and this fair

And these the gems of Heaven, her starry

But neither breath of Mom, when she

With charm of earliest birds ; nor rising Sun
On this delightful land; nor herb, fruit,

Glist'ring with dew; nor fragrance after

showen ;
Nor grateful evening mild ; nor silent Night,
With this her solemn bird, nor walk by

Or glittering starlight, without thee is sweet.

/. 639.

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the

Unseen, both when we wake and when we

sleep. /. 677,

Eased the putting off
rhese troublesome disguises which we wear.

/. 739.

Hail wedded love, mysterious law, true

Of human offspring, sole propriety
In Paradise of all tilings conunon else.


Blest pair ! and O yet happiest, if ye seek
No happier state, and know to Imow no
more. /. 774*

Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve.


Yain hopes, vain aims, inordinate desires.

/. 808*


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Him £hu8 intent Ithoriel with his spear
Touched lightly ; for no falsehood can

Touch of celestial temper, but returns
Of force to its own likeness.

Paradise Lost Book 4, 1, 810.

Not to know me argues yourselyes unknown.

/. 830.
Abashed the devil stood,
And felt how awful goodness is. /. 8^6,

Come not aU hell broke loose F /. 918,

Then, when I am thy captive, talk of chains.

Like Teneriff or Atlas, unremoved. /. 987,

Now dreadful deeds
Might have ensued * nor only Paradise
In this commotion, out the starry cope
Of Heaven perhape, or all the elements
At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and

With violence of this conflict. /. 900.

Murm*ring, and with him fled the shades of

night /. 1014.

Now mom her rosy steps in th* eastern

Advancing, sowed the earth with orient

pearl. Book 5, /. 1,

His sleep
Was aery-light, from pure digestion bred.

I. 3m

Hung over her enamoured, and beheld
Beauty, which whether viraking or asleep,
Shot forth peculiar graces. f. 13.

My fairest, my espoused, my latest found,
Heaven's last best gift, my ever new delight.

Since good, the more
Communicated, more abundant grows. /. 71,

Best image of myself and dearer half. /. 95,

These are thy glorious works, Parent of

Almighty, thine this universal frame.
Thus wondrous fair : thyself how wondrous

then ! /. 153,

Fairest of stars, last in the train of night,
If better thou belong not to the mom,
Suie pledge of day. /. 166.

A wildemess of sweets. /. S94.

Seems another mom
Risen on mid-noon. /. 310.

On hospitable thoughts intent. /. 33S,

Nor Jealousy
Was understood, the mjured lover's hell.

/. 449.
The bright consummate flower. /. 48I.

Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Yirtuefl,
Powen. 1, 601.

All seemed well pleased; all teemed, but
were not alL /. 617.

They eat, they drink, and in oommimion

Quaff immortality and joy. /. 637.

Soon as midnight brought on the dusky hour
Friendliest to sleep and silence. /. 667.

An host
Innumerable as the stars of night.
Or stars of morning, dew-drops which the

Impearls on every leaf and every flower.

Begirt th* almighty throne
Beseeching or besieging. /. 868.

So spake the Seraph Abdiel, faithful found
Among the faithless, faithful only he ;
Among innumerable false, unmoved.
Unshaken, unseduced^ unterrified,
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeaL L 896,

Till moruj
Waked by the circling hours, with rosy hand
Unbarred the gates of light. Book 6, 1, f.

Servant of God, well done ! well hast thou

The better flght. who singly hast maintained
Against revoitea multitudes the cause
Of truth. I.t9.

Universal reproach (far worse to bear
Than violence). /. 34.

On they move
Indissolubly firm. I. 68.

Arms on armour clashing brayed
Horrible discord, and the maddi^ wheels
Of brazen chariots raged ; dire was the noise
Of conflict. /. t09.

Inextinguishable rage. /. tT7.

Cancelled from Heaven, and sacred memory,
Nameless in dark oblivion let them dwell.

Therefore eternal silence be their doom

But live content, which is the calmest life :
But pain is perfect misery, the worst
Of evils, and excessive, overturns
All patience. /. 4^1,

He onward came ; far off his coming shone.

Though fall'n on evil days, .
On evil days thougn fall'n, and evil tongues.
Book 7, 7. «5.

Fit audience flnd^ though few ;
But drive far off the barbarous <ussonance
Of Bacchus and his revellers. L 31.

Heaven opened wide
Her erer-during gates, haxinonious sound !
On golden binges moving. I. 906.


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With sanctity of reaaon.

Paradise Lost. Book 7, /. 507,

The angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So channing left hie voice, that he awhile
Thought him still speiUdng, still stood fixed
to hear. Book 8, I L

And grace that won who saw to wish her
stay. L 43,

Gird the sphere
With centric and eccentric scribbled o*er,
Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb. /. 82,

Consider first, that great
Or bright infers not excellence. /. 90,

God, to remove His ways from hunan sense.
Placed heaven from eaith so far, that earthly

If it presume, might err in things too high,
And no advantage gain. /. 119.

HeavKi is for thee too high
To know what passes there. Be lowly wise :
Think only what concerns thee and ttiy

Dream not of other worlds, what creatures

Live, in what state, condition, or degree.
Contented \haX thus far hath been revealed
Not of earth only, but of highest heaven.

Taught to live
The easiest way, nor with perplexing

To interrupt the sweet of life. /. 182,

To know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom ; what is more is fume.
Or emptiness, or fond impertinence. /. 192,

And feel that I am happier than I know.

In solitude
What happiness ? Who can enjoy alone.
Or all enjoying, what contentment find ?


I waked
To find her, or for ever to deplore
Her loss, and other pleasures all abjure.

Grace was in all her steps ! Heaven in her

In every gesture dignity and love ! /. 488,

"Bex virtue, and the conscience of her worth,

That would be wooed, and not unsought be

won. 1. S02,

What she wHIs to do or say
Seems wisest, virtuousest disoreetest, best :
All higher knowledge in her presence falls
Degraded. 1,549,

Accuse not Nature ; she hath done her part;

Do thou but thine, and be not diffident

Of wisdom. /. 561,

Oft-times nothing profits more
rhan self-esteem, groimded on just and
right. /. 671.

In loving thou dost well, in passion not.
Wherein true love consists not. Love refines
The thoughts, and heart enhu^es /. 6S8,

Those graceful acts.
Those thousand decencies, that daily flow
From all her words and actions. /. 600,

With a smile that glowed
Celestial rosy red, love*s proper hue. /. 618,

My unpremeditated verse. Book 9, /. 24,

Long choosing, and beginning lata /. 26,

An age too late. /. 44^

But what will not ambition and revenge

Descend to ?

7. 168,

AU hearen.
And happy constellations on that hour
Ahad tStf •alcctaat influence I I

Toitghi ihm faridal lamp.

I 611,

Bevenge, at first, though sweet.
Bitter ere long, back on itself recoils. /. 171,

For nothing lovelier can be found
In woman, than to study household good.
And good works in her husband to promote


Smiles from reason flow.
To brute denied, and are of love the food.


For solitude sometimes is best society.
And short retirement urges sweet return.


The wife, where danger or dishonour lurks.
Safest and seemliest by her husband stays ;
Who guurds her, or with her the worst
endures. /. 267.

At shut of evening flowers. /. 278,

For he who tempts, ^though in vain, at

least asperses
Ihe tempted with dishonour f ouL I. 296,

Wouldst thou approve thy constancy, ap-
F^t thy obedience. /. 367,

As one who, Ions in populous city pent,
Where houses thick, and sewers annoy the
air. /. 445.

She fair, divinely fair, fit love for Gh>ds.


So glozed the Tempter. I. 649.

Hope elevates, and joy
Brighteoshuorest 163S.


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God so commanded, and left that command
Sole daughter of his voice.

Paradise Lost Book 9, 1, 66t.

Earth felt the wound ; and Nature from her

Sighing, through all her works gaye siffns of

^o«- 7 78t.

Inferior, who is free ? i 825,

In her face excuse
Came prologue, and apology too prompt


A pillared shade

High overarched, and echoing walks be-

*w®e»- /. 1106,

Thus it shall befall

Him, who to worth in women overtrustinir,

Lets her will rule. Restraint she will not

And left to herself, if evil thence ensue,
She first his weak mdulgence will accuse.

I, list.

And of their vain contest appeared no end.

/. 1189.
Yet shall I temper so
Justice with mercy, as may illustrate most
Them fully satisfied, and £hee appease.

Book 10, I 77.
This woman, whom thou mad*st to be my

And gav St me aa thy perfect gift, so good,
So fit, so acceptable, so divine, /. /J7,


Sagacious of his quarry from so far.

Successful beyond hope.

He hears

On all sides, from innumerable tongues,
A dismal universal hiss, the sound
Of public scorn. ^ sqq^

How gladly would I meet
Mortality, my sentence, and be earth
Insensible ! how glad would lay me down,
As in my mother's lap I There I should

And sleep secure. /. 775,

As one disarmed, his anger all he lost

/. 945.
Prevenient grace descending had removed
The stony from their hearts. Book 11, /. 5,

His heart I know, how variable and vain.
Self -left /, Qf

Joy, but with fear yet linked. /. ISd,

Must I thus leave thee, Paradise ! thus leave
Thee, native soil, these happy walks and

Fit haunt of Qt)ds ! /. t69,

(Jently hast thou told
Thy message, which might else in tellim?

wound. li^^

Then purged with euphrasy and rue
The visual nerve, for he had much to see.

Demoniac frenzy, moping melancholy.
And moon-struck madness. /. 485.

And over them triumphant Death his dart
Shook, but delayed to strike, though oft

With vows, as their chief good and final

hope. /. ^i^

If thou well observe
The rule of not too much, by temperance
<^«gli*. /. 5S0.

So may'st thou live till, like ripe fruit thou

Into thy mother's lap, or be with ease
Gathered, not harshly plucked, for death

This is old age. l 5^5.

Nor love thy life, nor hate ; but what thou

Live well ; how long, or short, permit to

Heaven. /. 553^

A bevy of fair women, richly gay

In gems and wanton drws. /. 5St.

The evening star,
Love's harbinger. U 588.

Bred only and completed to the taste
Of lustful appetence, to sing, to dance.
To dress, and troll the tongue, and roll the
eye. 1, 618.

Spake much of right and wrong,
Of justice, of religion, truth, and peace,
And judgment from above. I, 666.

So violence
Proceeded, and oppression and sword-law.

Thus fame shall be achieved, renown on

And what most merits fame in silence hid.

The brazen throat of war had ceased to roar :
All now was turned to jollity and game,
To luxury and riot, feaat and dance. /. 71S.

Peace to corrupt no less than war to waste.

Regardless whether good or evil fame.

Book 12. IjfT,
Tyranny must be,
Though to the tyrant thereby no excuse.

In mean estate live moderate, till ctowu
In wealth and multitude, factious thej

But first among the priests dissensioii

Men who attend the altar, and should most
Endeavour peace. ;. $51,


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A deathlike deep,
A. gentle wafting to immortal life.

PandlMLoat. Book 12,1 4^4*

Tnith shall retire
Bestnck with sland'roiu darts, and works

of faith
Barely be found. /. 5S6,

And to the faithful, death the gate of life.

Some natoml tears they dropped, but wiped

them soon;
The world was all before them, where to

Their place of rest, and Providenoe their

Th^, hand in hand, with wandering steps

and slow
Through Eden took their solitary way.

Above heroic, though in secret done,
And unrecorded leu through many an age.
Paradise Be^ained. Book 1, 1,14,

T^e see onr daxiger on the utmost edge
Of hazard, which admits no long debate.

Se frustr ate all ye stratagems of hell,
And devilish machinations come to i?ought !

/. ISO,
"Bj winning words to conquer willing hearts,
And make persuasion do the work of fear.

U 231,

Who brought me hither

Will bring me hence ; no other guide I seek.
^* /. $35.

I hare lost
Much lustre of my native brightness. /. S77,

I have not lost
To lore, at least contemplate and admire,
What I see excellent in good, or fair.
Or virtuous. /. SSO,

Fellowship in pain divides not smart,
Nor Kghfama anght each man's peculiar load.

Ejected, emptied^ gaze(L unpitied, shunned,
A spectacle of rum or of scorn. /. ^23.

For lying is thy sustenance, thy food ;
Tet thou pretend'st to truth. /. 429,

Amb^uous, and with double sense deluding,
Which they who asked have seldom under-
stood. 1^435,
Hsid are the ways of truth, and rough to
walk. ^ 4^S.
Most men admu«
Yiitae, who follow not her lore. I 482.
Hjm, tbmr joy bo lately found,

Alas, from what high hope to what relapse
TJnlooked for, are we ftdlen ! C 30.

His life
Private, unactive, c»]m, contemplative.


Enchanting tongues
Persuasive. /. 158.

Tangled in amorous nets. /. 102.

Beauty stands
In th' admiration only of weak minds
Led captive. L 220.

Honour, glory, and popular praise.
Bocks whereon greatest men have oftest
wrecked. L 227.

Nature hath need of what she asks. /. 253,

If at great things thou would'st arrive
Get riches first /. 426.

They whom I favour thrive in wealth amain,
While virtue, valour, wisdom, sit in want.

A crown
Golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns,
Brings dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless
niglits. l,45S.

For therein stands the office of a king.
His honour, virtue, merit, and chief praise.
That for the public all this weight he bears.

Thy actions to thy words accord.

Book 3, I 9.
Glory the reward
That sole excites to high attempts, the flame
Of most erected spirits. /. 25.

Thy years are ripe, and over-ripe. /. 31.

Yet years, and to ripe years judgment

Quench not the thirst of glory, but augment.

And what the people but a herd confused,
A miscellaneous rabble, who extol
TMugs vulgar ? I. 4^.

Of whom to be dispraised were no small
praise. 1. 56,

Who best

Can suffer, best can do; best reign, who

WeU hath obeyed. /. 194-

For where no hope is left, is left no fear.

Elephants endorsed with towers. /. 329.

Triumph, that insulting vanity.

Book 4, /. 1S8.
The childhood shows the man.
As morning shows the day. Be famous then
By wisdom ; as thy empire must extend.
So let extend thy mind o*er aU the worm.

I. 220.


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Error by his own armB is best evinced.

ParadiM Regained. Book 4, 1. tS5,

Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts
And eloquence. /. t40.

The olive grove of Academe,
Plato*8 retirement, where the Attic bird
Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer

long. /. f ^

Thence to the famous orators repair,
Those ancient^ whose resistless eloquence
Wielded at will that fierce democratic,
Shook th' arsenal, and fulmined over

Greece. /. 2C7,

From whose mouth issued forth
Mellifluous streams that watered all the

Of Academics old and new. /. t7G,

Epicurean and the Stoic severe. I. tSO,

He who receives
Light from above, from the Fountain of

No other doctrine needs, though granted

true. /. 2S8.

The first and wisest of them all professed
To know this only, that he nothmg knew.*

For all his tedious talk is but vain boast,
Or subtle shifts conviction to evade. /. S07,

Deep versed in books, and shallow in him-
self. /. SS7,
As children gathering pebbles on the shore.

The solid rules of civil government /, 358.
In them is plainest taught, and easiest learnt,
What makes a nation happy, and keeps it so.

Till morning fair
Came forth with pilgrim steps in amice grey.

Bime being no necessarv Adjunct or true
Ornament of Poem or good Verse, in longer
Works especially, but the Invention of a
barbarous Age, to set off wretched matter
and lame Meeter.

Preface to Faradise Lost, 1669 edition.

The troublesome and modem bondage of
Khymeing. lb,

O dork, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
Irrecoverablv dark, total eclipse
Without all hope of day !

Samson Agonlites. /. 80,
To live a life half dead, a living death. /. 100,

Wisest men
Have erred, and by bad women been

And shall again, pretend they ne*er so wdse.
^__ /. tlO.

• 8oorata&

Just are the ways of God,

And justifiable to men j

Unless there be who thmk not Gh>d at all.

Select and sacred, glorious for a while.
The miracle of men. /. 363.

What boots it at one j^te to make defence.
And at another to let m the foe f I, 660,

But who is this ? what thing of sea or land ?

Female of sex it seems.

That so bedecked, ornate, and gay,

Comes this way sailing

Like a stately ship

Of Tarsus, bound for th* islei

Of Javan or Gadire,

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